|When is it administered?||Seven times a year||Six times a year|
|What is the test structure?||Ten section exam: Three critical reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The Experimental is masked to look like a regular section.||Four section exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An Experimental section is added to tests on certain dates only, and is clearly experimental.|
|What is the test content?+||
Math: Up to 9th grade basic geometry and Algebra II.
Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension
Writing: an essay, and questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice.
Math: up to trigonometry. Science: charts, experiments. Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.
English: Stresses grammar
|Is there a penalty for wrong answers?||YES||NO|
|How is the test scored?||200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. A 2400 is the highest possible score.||1-36 for each subject averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible score.|
|Are all scores sent to schools?||YES if the student requests a score report to be sent to specific colleges, the report will include the scores the student received on every SAT taken||NO. There is a “score choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive scores AND which scores the school will see|
|Are there other uses for exams?||Scholarship purposes.||Scholarship purposes. Certain statewide testing programs|
|Best time to register?||At least six weeks before the test date||At least four weeks before the test date|
|Need more information?||
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
The College Board