SAT Overview and Important Dates

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The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that’s accepted at all U.S. colleges. Millions of students take the test each year as a step on their path to college. The test is offered at least seven times a year in the United States and up to six times a year internationally. The SAT is the last test in the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments.

The SAT was redesigned in 2016 to ensure that it measures the skills and knowledge that students are learning in high school and what they need to know to succeed in college and career. The College Board also partnered with Khan Academy® to offer world-class, free practice to all, making the test easy to prepare for.

Here are some reasons for students to take the SAT:

  • Many colleges give weight to SAT scores when making admission decisions.
  • SAT scores can help students find colleges that are the best matches for them.
  • The SAT connects students with scholarships, fee waivers, and free college and career planning tools.