The SAT Reasoning Test is the most widely used admissions test for American colleges and universities. Students usually take the SAT during their junior or senior year. The test assesses a student's knowledge in three basic categories: critical reading, mathematics and writing. Each category is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. These scores help predict how well a student will perform in college. The SAT is administered seven times a year in the United States and in U.S. territories. It's offered six times a year overseas.

Obtain your three SAT scores: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. Your score will be available online about 3 weeks after your test date.

Add the three scores together (Critical Reading + Mathematics + Writing).

The sum of the three scores is your SAT score. A perfect score is a 2400.

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  • "My Online SAT Score Report" is free to all students who've taken the SAT. Register for an online College Board account to access this service. The SAT Reasoning Test is different from the SAT Subject Tests. The Subject Tests (formerly called SAT IIs) measure a student's knowledge in a particular subject.

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