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In order to take the test, you must pre-register. College Board, the group who administers the test, has both online registration and registration by mail. It is important that you register on time, otherwise, there is a $24.00 late fee.

The fee for taking the SAT Reasoning Test is $47.00. The SAT Subject Test has a registration fee of $21.00. For each additional Subject Test, add $10.00 except the Language Test with Listening that is an additional $21.00.


The SAT is typically administered the first Saturday of the following months: October, November, December, January (3rd Saturday), March (second Saturday), May & June. Registration deadlines are typically one month prior to test date with late-fee option a couple weeks prior to test date.

Note: The registration dates are for U.S. regular registrations, international schedules may vary. If you are mailing your registration information, it must be postmarked by the deadline date or subject to late fees. The Subject Tests are not available on the March test date. Sunday test dates are available if, for religious reasons, you are unable to test on Saturdays.


The following information for the SAT exam went into effect in the spring of 2005 and is divided into three categories:

Writing: This section of the test is divided into 49 multiple-choice questions and one essay. The multiple choice has three sections of questioning: grammar, usage and word choice. There is 60 minutes allowed for the writing section (25 min. for the essay and 35 min. for the multiple-choice questions). The possible score for this category is between 200 and 800.

Critical Reading: This section of the test has 67 questions. There are 19 sentence completion questions and 48 reading comprehension questions. This section has a 70-minute time allowance (there is a 20 min. section and two 25 min. sections). The possible score for this category is between 200 and 800.

Math: This section of the test has 54 questions. There are 44 multiple-choice questions and 10 Grid-ins. Questions cover number and operations, algebra & functions, geometry, data analysis, statistics & probability. The time allowed for this section is 70 minutes (there are two 25-min. sections and one section for 20 min.). The possible score for this category is between 200 and 800.

There is also an un-scored Section: This section is also referred to as the “Experimental Section.” You will be tested on math, critical reading or multiple-choice writing. This is randomly done. The purpose of this section is to test new questions for later editions of the test. There is 25 minutes for this section. Although this section is not scored and has no impact on your overall test score, there is no way for you to know which section is the experimental one as they blend it right in. Don’t even think about it — treat all sections like they count.


The test starts promptly at 8:00 A.M. I recommend you arrive by 7:30 A.M. You will need to bring your photo identification and your SAT administration ticket. You will also need two No. 2 pencils (make sure they have good erasers). You cannot use mechanical pencils and no pens are allowed. Bring your calculator and make sure it has fresh batteries. It is a long day, so bring a snack or two. Sugar is food for the brain ;)

Be sure to check with the College Board if you need additional info for the SAT exam.


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3. Sarah Amad - May 28, 2009

Oh, Shucks.
I never heard about an experiemtnal section!