SAT for Kids
Preparing for the SATs
Any student hoping to go to college in the United States needs to take the SATs. The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test designed to measure the critical thinking skills that students will need for academic success in college. The SAT was developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization.
The SAT test is about 4 hours long and offers possible scores between 600 and 2400. The test is broken down into three main sections: critical reading, writing and math. Each section is scored on a scale of 200 to 800 points.
The College Board website offers numerous resources to help students with their SAT prep. Some of these resources include:
- Official SAT practice questions – Students can review the instructions and the approaches they can use for the SAT test questions. The website offers SAT review questions in critical reading, writing and math.
- An Official SAT question of the day – This resource provides students with a daily practice SAT question, along with hints on how to answer it and a full explanation.
- Official SAT practice test – Students can print off and practice the SAT tests at home and then check their results against the online score report and answer key.
- My College QuickStart – This is a free personalized SAT planning kit available for students who are taking the PSAT or NMSQT.
- Official online SAT courses – Students wanting extra help can purchase an online SAT prep course, which features lessons, quizzes and official practice tests.
Many for-profit companies also offer SAT preparation courses or SAT tutors.
Registering for the SAT is quick and easy through the College Board website. Simply create an online account, and you can register for the test, print off an SAT admission ticket and view and send your SAT scores following the test. There are many benefits to registering online. Students can choose the test date and the test center to suit their needs. They also have 24-hour access to their registration for printing or correcting admission tickets.
SAT test day
Being prepared is the key to success. Here are some tips to help you do your best on the big day:
- Get plenty of sleep the night before the test.
- Eat breakfast – a healthy breakfast will help fuel your brain.
- Bring valid photo ID and your SAT admission ticket.
- Bring a calculator, several sharp No.2 pencils and a good eraser.
- Bring snacks – you'll get a short break at the end of each hour of testing.
The SATs can be stressful, but with a little preparation, you can help ensure the test goes smoothly.