The SAT test measures both critical thinking and achievement through three sections: reading, writing and language and math, with an optional essay. Scoring ranges from 200-800 in 2 sections of reading and math for a maximum of 1600 points. The optional essay is scored from 2-8 and is reported separately. There are under 15 colleges that require an SAT with Essay, and another 15 colleges who say it is recommended. Click here to view both lists. When registering, take advantage of sending your scores to 4 schools for free. If you score higher on another test, schools will throw out your lower scores. You are not penalized for lower scores.
The spring of your junior year is the best time to take an SAT.
Test Prep - The best preparation for the SAT is to take challenging high school core courses and to work hard to learn the material. A variety of FREE test preparation materials are available through Khan Academy, who has partnered with College board. Khan Academy will allow you to link your scores from the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT and/or SAT which will provide you with customized lesson plans based off of particular areas needing improvement. Deerfield High School also offers a Study Strategies course. Please see the Program of Studies for more information.
Tests: 7 and 1 state (August, October, November, December, March, April (State), May, June)
Visit the SAT website for additional information.
The State test in April is free and there is no need to register.