WHY SAT?

Over 1.71 million high school graduates took SAT in 2017 for the purpose of gaining admission into undergraduate programs of universities or colleges in the United States.

The SAT Suite of Assessments helps students navigate their path through high school toward college and career, and offers a range of unique benefits to students.

Opens Doors to College

The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges, and the College Board has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education. Income-eligible SAT takers receive college application fee waiversand all students can opt in to Student Search Service® to receive free information about admission and financial aid from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs.

Builds Skills Over Time

The SAT Suite provides consistent feedback across assessments to help students stay on course and supports teachers as they adjust their instruction for students who are either ahead or behind.

Prepares Students with Free Practice

Students who take any test in the SAT Suite of Assessments have access to video lessons and will receive personalized SAT study resources based on their test results.

Helps Students Plan Their Careers

Students can visit Roadtrip Nation to create free career roadmaps based on their interests. They can also explore college majors, watch videos for tips from experienced professionals, and see how to get to where they want to be.

Connects Students to Scholarship Opportunities

The National Merit Scholarship Program uses PSAT/NMSQT scores to identify candidates. And scholarships offered by new College Board partners use information from the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 to expand access to scholarship dollars.

Increases Access to AP and College Credit

Using results from the redesigned SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9, AP PotentialTM helps schools identify students likely to succeed in certain AP courses and AP Exams. These students are also notified of their potential directly.

Inspires Productive Practice

Within the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9, students encounter questions and tasks that closely resemble what is already happening in classrooms across the nation and the globe. This is why the best way to prepare for the assessments is to take challenging courses and to work hard in class.