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The SAT® is taken by millions of students each year and helps them achieve their dreams of studying in the US and elsewhere. The SAT measures the skills that students develop in secondary school.
The SAT is designed to predict a student’s likely academic performance at a particular college or university in their first year and beyond. The SAT covers content areas deemed critical for success in college and SAT performance data illustrate that success on the SAT is linked to the type and rigor of course work completed during high school.
Over four million students take the SAT each academic year via nearly 7,000 test centers in more than 180 countries and territories. SAT questions are prescreened on students from around the world to ensure fairness. Before any test question appears on a scored section of the SAT, it is included on one of the unscored test forms that are included in every SAT administration. By pretesting questions in this way, College Board researchers can be sure that each question is fair and valid for all students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, country of origin or socio-economic status. The SAT is the only college entrance exam that prescreens test questions on a global population of test-takers. The SAT is currently offered five times a year outside the United States.
Dates for international test administrations, registrations requirements and deadlines can be found at: sat.org/international
The SAT Suite of Assessments
College Board announced in January 2022 that the SAT® Suite of Assessments will be delivered digitally. While the transition to digital will bring a number of student- and educator-friendly changes, many important features of the SAT Suite (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, PSAT™ 8/9) will stay the same. The SAT Suite will continue to measure the knowledge and skills that students are learning in high school and that matter most for college and career readiness. The SAT will still be scored on a 1600 scale, and educators and students can continue to track growth across the SAT Suite of Assessments over time. The assessments will continue to be administered in a school or in a test center with a proctor present—not at home. Students will still have access to free practice resources on Khan Academy. And students taking the SAT Suite will continue to connect to scholarships.
The Digital SAT
Beginning in 2023, the SAT® Suite of Assessments will be delivered digitally. While the transition to digital will bring a number of student- and educator-friendly changes, many important features of the SAT Suite will stay the same.
College Board will make the transition from paper and pencil to digital at international test centers in spring of 2023 and at U.S. schools and test centers in spring of 2024.
The digital SAT Suite will be more secure
Currently, if one test form is compromised, it can mean canceling scores for whole groups of students. Going digital allows College Board to give every student a virtually unique test form, so it will be practically impossible to share answers.
The SAT will be more relevant for students
Watch this video to learn more about the Digital SAT Suite of Assessments.
PSAT™ 8/9 can be administered in the fall or spring of U.S.-equivalent eighth and/or ninth grade, depending on the goals of districts and schools. The test serves as a foundation for understanding student progress as they enter secondary school and ensuring that they are on target for being university and career ready by the time they leave secondary school
PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT
Both exams cover the same content domain and serve as a “check-in” on student progress and pinpoint areas for focused practice. Students can take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of U.S.-equivalent tenth and/or eleventh grade (though only eleventh graders who are U.S. citizens are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program). Instead of delivering the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth graders in the fall, some schools may instead deliver the PSAT™ 10 in the spring.
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT ®)
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) is a standardized test that measures the skills that students will need for higher education and careers after secondary school. The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT is aligned with the new SAT and launched in October 2015. Like the SAT, the digital PSAT/NMSQT measures the skills and knowledge that are essential for university readiness and success.
For more information visit: http://sat.org/digital
Student Search Service®
The College Board's Student Search Service is a free, voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from more than 1,500 eligible colleges and universities, and over 300 Million scholarship dollars and other educational programs.
When students take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10, they’re asked if they want to participate. Students can also opt in online at any time. By opting in, they give the College Board permission to share their names and limited information with colleges and scholarship programs looking for students like them.
Learn more about Student Search Service.