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The SAT is a standardized test used by colleges to make admissions decisions and provide one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. The SAT is created and administered by the College Board. 

High school students opting to take a standardized test, take the SAT during the spring of junior year or fall of senior year. Public schools in Connecticut require all juniors to sit for the SATs. When planning your test prep and testing dates, it’s important to leave time for retakes. Statistics show that students often improve scores with a second attempt. 

The SAT can be superscored. Superscoring combines your best performances from multiple test days into one score that reflects your highest achievements. It’s important to find out the score submission policy for each college you apply to. [Click here to read more about Superscoring]

The SAT is offered nationally every year in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. 


  • Test Length: 3 hours 
  • SAT:
    • Reading: 65 minutes/52 questions 
    • Writing and Language: 35 minutes/44 questions
    • Math No-Calculator: 25 minutes/20 questions
    • Math Calculator: 55 minutes/38 questions
  • In 2021 the College Board discontinued the SAT with Essay 
  • The total score is between 400 – 1600

Click here for SAT dates and deadlines

Click here to register for the SAT