Accepted by all U.S. colleges, the SAT is an opportunity for students to show colleges they’ve got what it takes to succeed on campus in the following test areas: Reading test, Writing and Language test, Math test, and SAT Essay. Most students take the SAT for the first time during their junior year and a second time during their senior year in the US. Nigerian students take the SAT tests at their own pace several times a year.

The redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments is an integrated system made up of these tests:

  • SAT
  • PSAT 8/9
  • PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

The tests measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels, so it’s easier for students, parents, and educators to monitor student progress.

The tests are designed to:

  • Measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.
  • Have a stronger connection to classroom learning.
  • Inspire productive practice.

As students advance from grade to grade, the tests will keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom.

The PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of college and career readiness as students enter high school. It helps students and educators determine what students need to work on most.


The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of year. They serve as check-ins on student progress and pinpoint areas for development. Students can take the PSAT/NMSQT after the PSAT 8/9.

The SAT Suite’s progression is reflected in a common score scale that provides consistent feedback across assessments. Scores have been designed to include subscores and cross-test scores, which provide insight into specific strengths and weaknesses:

  • Students see where they can improve.
  • Teachers adjust instruction for students who are ahead or behind.

Your raw score is converted to a scaled score of 200 to 800 points, the score you see on your score report. We use a process that adjusts for slight differences in difficulty between various versions of the test (such as versions taken on different days). This is done to make sure there’s no advantage in taking the test on a particular day. A score of 400, for instance, on one day’s test means the same thing as a 400 on a test taken on a different day—even though the questions are different.

Your score report includes a detailed breakdown of your scores, information about what your scores mean, and how your scores compare to those of other test-takers. You’ll be able to see your essay online if you took the SAT with Essay.

In addition to the above SAT Suite of Assessments, some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests, especially if you’re applying to take specific courses or programs.

Even colleges that don’t require Subject Tests may accept them and use them in admission to get a more complete picture of applicants. By sending Subject Test scores to colleges, you can showcase your strengths. If your English is not strong, you can use Subject Tests to show your academic strength in math, science, or other languages. Also, many international colleges use Subject Tests to make decisions about admission or placement, so taking the tests gives you more opportunities. And taking Subject Tests can help you see how well you’ve learned the subject matter compared to other students around the world.

Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only US admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.

  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
  • Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
  • Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.
  • SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year, on the same days and in the same test centers as the SAT — but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date.
  • The Language with Listening tests are only offered in November.
  • You can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date.
  • You can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.
  • Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests.
  • You choose what tests to take when you register, but on test day, you can add, subtract, or switch tests — with some limitations.

If you’re taking the SAT in Nigeria, the only acceptable form of identification is a valid passport with your name, photo, and signature. Online registration is now permitted. Telephone re-registration, waitlist status requests, and test center changes are not permitted.