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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 four times a year outside the United States. Starting in 2020, College Board will be adding a fifth international administration to the testing calendar. This additional administration will commence in August 2020.

Dates for international test administrations, registrations requirements and deadlines can be found at: sat.org/international

The SAT Suite of Assessments

The College Board launched new and redesigned assessments in 2015-16. These assessments include the PSAT 8/9, the PSAT10, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the SAT.

Closely aligned to challenging classroom work, the SAT Suite focuses on the few things that evidence shows matter most for university and career readiness.

The exams are authentic practice for the SAT, connected by the same underlying content continuum of knowledge and skills and the same underlying score scale. Working together, these exams provide benchmarks and consistent feedback for measuring student progress over time – allowing teachers to accelerate students who are either ahead or behind.

PSAT 8/9

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


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.

The Redesigned SAT

The new SAT launched internationally in May 2016 and tests the few things that research shows matter most for college readiness and success. The new SAT is centered on eight key changes:

– focusing on words that students will use consistently in college and beyond

– students being asked to support answers with evidence, including questions that require them to cite a specific part of a passage to support their answer choice

– having the essay measure students’ ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds

– an argument to persuade an audience having the math section focus on problem solving and data analysis; the heart of algebra; and passport to advanced math.

– having the reading section enable students to analyze a wide range of sources, including literature and literary non-fiction, science, history and social studies.

– analyzing data and texts in real world context

– inspiring a close reading of rich, meaningful, often profound texts as a way to develop valuable college and career readiness skills and as an opportunity to reflect on and deeply engage with issues and concerns central to informed citizenship.

– removing the penalty for wrong answers

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 redesigned PSAT/NMSQT measures the skills and knowledge that are essential for university readiness and success.

Here are some of the key changes students will encounter on the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT:

Relevant Words in Context

Command of Evidence

Focus on Math that Matters Most

Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts

Analysis in Science and in History/Social Studies

Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation

No Penalty for Wrong Answers

For more information visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org