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What is the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognised college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge.

It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math in a multiple choice format. Almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you, SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college. The SAT is designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

The SAT measures students' verbal reasoning, critical reading, and math problem-solving skills. It tells colleges how well students use the skills and knowledge they've learned so far, both in and out of school.

Overseas students looking to attend a 4-year US College are normally required to take a SAT unless they are transferring directly form a UK university.

UK SAT Registration and Testing Dates

SAT Date Early Registration
via Representative
for Changes
October 5, 2019 August 21, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 24, 2019
November 2, 2019 n/a n/a n/a
December 7, 2019 October 23, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 26, 2019
March 14, 2020 January 29, 2020 February 14, 2020 March 3, 2020
May 2, 2020 March 18, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 21, 2020
June 6, 2020 n/a n/a n/a

Your test score is calculated using the math and verbal/critical reading subsections of the SAT, the writing component of the SAT is not used to determine your score.

Statistics show overseas students can expect to increase their score by approximately 10% by taking the test a second time.