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What is the SAT?

The SAT is a standardized test used by colleges to help them evaluate potential students. It is intended to measure a student’s ability and readiness for college courses in three subject areas: Reading; Writing; and Math. Whether you need SAT tutoring in AtlantaSAT tutoring in Houston, or SAT tutoring in San Francisco, working one-on-one with an expert may be just the boost your studies need.

How do I prepare for the SAT?

Varsity Tutors offers free SAT Practice Tests for you to use in preparing for the SAT. Our free SAT Practice Tests are written by teachers, professors, content specialists, and tutors. There are Full-Length SAT Practice Tests available for each section of the test. Each of these complete practice tests can help you get better idea of your current level of knowledge. They can also assist you in creating an individualized study plan that meets your needs. The results page that follows the test will tell you which concepts you already understand, and which concepts need some additional review. Varsity Tutors also offers resources like an SAT prep book to help with your self-paced study, or you may want to consider an SAT tutor. The results page also offers tons of information you can incorporate into your study plan, like step-by-step explanations of the correct answers and links that provide key concept review. When you’re ready, you can return to take another Full-Length SAT Practice Test to gauge your progress and refine your study plan. In addition to the SAT practice tests and SAT tutoring, you may also want to consider checking out our SAT question of the day.

How much does it cost to take the SAT?

It costs $51.00 to register for the SAT.

When can I take the SAT?

It is possible to take the SAT in October, November, December, January, May, and June. The SAT is given once during each of these months. You can take the test as many times as you like, but it is most common for students to take the SAT twice: once at the end of their junior year of high school, and once at the beginning of their senior year of high school.

Are the SAT’s sections always given in the same order?

Yes, the SAT always gives its sections in the same order. The Essay section is always first; it is followed by two multiple-choice Writing sections, three multiple-choice Critical Reading sections, three multiple-choice Mathematics sections, and finally one ungraded multiple-choice section that varies in content. Our free SAT Practice Tests allow you to study what you need to study when you need to study it, so you don’t have to stick with the order of the official SAT test if you don’t want to.

What materials can I bring with me when I take the SAT?

You must bring your admission ticket and photo identification, i.e. a driver’s license. You will also need two no. 2 pencils, an eraser, and a calculator for the math section. Bringing a small snack and a bottle of water is also recommended, as you’re allowed to drink water and have a snack during the break.

How is my SAT Score calculated?

For each question on the test students receive 1 point for a correct answer, lose ¼ of a point for each incorrect answer, and receive 0 points for questions left blank. The total of these points is the student’s raw score, which is then transplanted into a scaled score based on the relative success of other students who have taken the same test. The scaled score ranges from 200-800. 200 is the worst possible score you can receive, while 800 is a perfect score.

When and how will I find out how I did on the SAT?

Generally, students find out how they performed on the SAT about two or three weeks after taking it. Scores can be accessed online or through your school, or they’ll be sent in the mail. If you choose to have your scores sent in the mail, be aware that it will take longer for you to receive your scores than if you accessed them online.

What changes are being made to the SAT in 2016?

The SAT will be getting a makeover starting in 2016. The essay section for SAT Writing will become optional to students, certain parts of the SAT Math section will no longer allow the use of a calculator, and the total score on the SAT will be changed to a scale of only 1600 (akin to previous versions of the exam). The current guessing penalty will also be removed, crediting skipped questions and incorrect questions equally on the new version of the test. Sentence completion questions, currently found in the SAT Critical Reading section, will be removed and the vocabulary list for the SAT will be changing to more relevant words to the college educational experience. Overall, the new SAT will test the same topics, but in new formats and with new benefits to better accommodate high school curricula and prepare students for college.

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Free SAT Diagnostic Tests

Explore the Varsity Learning Tools free diagnostic tests for SAT to determine which academic concepts you understand and which ones require your ongoing attention. Each SAT problem is tagged down to the core, underlying concept that is being tested. The SAT diagnostic test results highlight how you performed on each area of the test. You can then utilize the results to create a personalized study plan that is based on your particular area of need.

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Free SAT Practice Tests

Our completely free SAT practice tests are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Take one of our many SAT practice tests for a run-through of commonly asked questions. You will receive incredibly detailed scoring results at the end of your SAT practice test to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Pick one of our SAT practice tests now and begin!

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