The Scholastic Assessment Test (commonly known as the SAT) is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. It assesses students’ skills in Reading. Writing and Math.
The purpose of the SAT, or any other standardized test, is to have a common metric that can be used to compare all applicants, regardless of their high school background. The alternative to the SAT is the ACT, and colleges will accept either test score.
Most students take the SAT in either Grade 11 or early Grade 12, and there is no limit to the number of times you are permitted to take the test. The SAT is usually held multiple times a year, though the test dates are a bit unpredictable in recent years due to COVID-19’s development.
From 2023 onward, the digital SAT will be offered to international candidates. US-based candidates will still be offered the paper-based test until 2024.
Do note that the Digital SAT will also be adaptive – which means students will be given different questions depending on how they perform. Read below for more details.