The SAT is used by most US colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.


The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board to measure a student's readiness for college in the USA.

The SAT has three main sections which are:

  • Writing and Language
  • Reading
  • Math 

There is also an optional fourth essay section. This is required by some colleges, so it is important to check first if this is required before taking the test.

The SAT is delivered in two; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing is made up of two tests, one focused on Reading and one focused on Writing and Language. The Math section is a single test with two components - a no-calculator portion and a calculator-allowed portion.