Examination > American College(SAT)

U.S. College Standardized Testing

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  • Along with the ACT, it is one of the standardized tests in the United States being considered for college admissions, similar to the College Scholastic Ability Test in Korea
  • Commonly referred to as SAT I (SAT Reasoning Test) and SAT II ( SAT Subject Tests )
  • Test scores are used by colleges as a standard guideline to evaluate students from different high schools having different systems

1. Scholastic Aptitude Test

  • SAT consists of three major sections, Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
  • SAT Reasoning Test is the most widely- used college entrance exam, generating more focus on the test scores by college admissions officers

2. SAT Subject Test

  • 20 multiple-choice standardized tests given on individual subjects such as Math (Math I & II), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, World History, U.S. History, and Foreign Language
  • Most colleges and universities require two SAT II test scores, but some of the top schools require students to submit three

3. Exam

  • Over 3 million students take the SAT which is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States
  • In Korea, 10 of the major foreign language high schools administer the exam 5~6 times a year
  • In Cebu, St. Theresa College handles the SAT

4. Test Configuration

Reasoning Test

Section Time Test Content Test Type Score
Critical Reading 70 Min
  • Critical Reading
  • Sentence-level Reading
  • Sentence Completions - 19 questions
  • Reading Based - 48 questions
200 ~ 800 points
Composition 60 Min
  • Grammar
  • Usage
  • Word Choice
  • 1 Essay
  • Multiple-Choice, 48 questions
200 ~ 800 points
Mathematics 70 Min
  • Number and Operations
  • Geometry, Algebra and Functions
  • Statistics, Probability and Data Analysis
  • Multiple Choice, 44 questions
  • Grid-in, 10 questions
200 ~ 800 points
Un-scoredSection 25 Min
  • Writing, Mathematics, Critical Reading
Total 3 Hours 45 Min 2,400 total score

Subject Test

  • Altogether with the 3 sections of Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, the 8 Subject Tests are categorized as below
    (each test is scored on a scale to 800)
English Literature
History United State History, World History
Mathematics Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2
Science Biology ( Ecological / Molecular ), Chemistry, Physics
Reading Only French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Reading and Listening Chinese, French, German, Japanses, Korean, Spanish

5. Test Application and Additional Information

Application Submission

  • The test is conducted seven times a year, but may slightly differ depending on the country (in Korea, the test is conducted 6 times a year, January, May, June, October, November, and December)
  • Students may apply through the internet ((http://www.collegeboard.org), by mail, telephone /fax. However students in Korea may not apply by mail/fax

Test Fee

Test Fee
Sat Reasoning Test US $78 ( Outside the US ), US $49 ( US )
Sat Subject Tests Basic Registration Fee US $51 ( Outside the US ), US $22 ( US )
Language Tests with Listening Basic Registration Fee + US $22
All other Subject Tests Basic Registration Fee + US $11

What you need to bring

  • Admission Ticket (can be printed from the College Board homepage under SAT Registration and Scores page)
  • Valid Identification Card (Driver’s License, valid passport, resident registration card, etc.); a student ID is not an authorized form of identification
  • No. 2 pencil, eraser (pen and mechanical pencils may not be used)
  • Calculator (can be used only during the Mathematics sections of the SAT Reasoning and SAT subject tests)
  • CD Player and earphones only for the Listening section of the SAT Subject Language test