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Meet Erica Leishman
at University of Oregon
"For the SAT exam, I prepared by using the free materials on the College Board website, as well as the preparation book they publish. I also signed up to have a different SAT question emailed to me everyday, which helped ensure I studied a little each day. Also, keep in mind that the SAT is a different style of exam, with multiple choice questions and a short writing section, so you will need to get used to the format of the exam. It was the differences in language and style that made the SATs slightly more challenging for me personally."Joel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The SAT is one of two admissions tests (the ACT being the other), often required for admission to US universities.
The SAT Reasoning Test is a three hour and forty-five minute test comprised of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. The test is designed to measure critical thinking and analytical skills. It is offered several times per year at numerous sites throughout the UK (see our Google map below in the Registration section).
Some of the more competitive universities will also require 2-3 SAT Subject Tests, in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. These one-hour, multiple-choice tests are offered in the following subjects: Literature, US and World History, Mathematics Level 1 & 2, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In addition there are two types of language tests, both with and without a listening component. Those offered without listening include: French, German, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew, and Spanish. Those offered with a listening component include: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish and are only available during the November test cycle.
Most US universities will not specify which Subject Tests you should take. We recommend that students take the Subject Tests they are likely to do well on. Generally, students take subjects that correspond to their A-levels or GCSEs.
Please note that not all Subject Test are available on each of the testing dates. The College Board, the administering body for the SAT, provides detailed information about SAT Subject Tests, including the testing dates that each Subject Test is offered.
You may register for the SAT on the College Board website (only). The US-UK Fulbright Commission is not a testing centre and cannot register you for the test. Additionally, the testing sites will not be able to register you for the test, so please do not ring them.
We have created a step-by-step guide to registering for the SAT. Please note, we have put this document together as a helpful guide. We cannot take responsibility for inaccuracies. (Updated guide for 2014-15 coming soon!)
Please note if you are a US citizen and SAT registration fees would present a serious barrier to your college entrance, you may be eligible to apply for a fee waiver.
When registering you will be asked to find your secondary school through a search where you can select the United Kingdom and fill in your town. If your school is not listed, please note the link in the bottom left corner “Can’t find your high school?” Select this link and choose the option “My High School is not listed” to complete the section.
Does your application require a CEEB code? Find out what a CEEB code is by visiting our Common Application Tips and Hints page.
If you decide you will be unable to take the test on the day you scheduled, please be sure to delete your registration by logging in to the College Board website, selecting “My Registrations” and clicking the blue “delete” option below the test date.
The test dates for 2014 are as follows:
Note: Dates for the 2015-16 academic year will follow a similar pattern and will become available on the College Board website in early June when registration opens.
If possible, we suggest students sit their admissions tests in the spring of Year 12/lower sixth form, to allow time to re-sit the tests if needed. If this is not possible, you should aim to sit your first test by the October testing date. This will leave you the option to re-sit the test in November (the last testing date if you are applying for the early deadlines in November), December or January if you are not satisfied with your results or need to sit the SAT Subject Tests.
As mentioned above, you may sit either the Reasoning Test or up to three Subject Tests on one testing date. Therefore, students applying for the most competitive US universities will need to plan for two SAT testing dates to complete the Reasoning Test and Subject Tests.
Also, keep in mind spaces fill up quickly, particularly in London, so you will want to register as soon as possible!
The only way to find out which testing sites are available on a particular testing date is to create an online account and begin the registration process on the College Board website.
Testing Sites for 2014-15: We have also complied an unofficial list of testing sites by date in the UK as well as a map of their locations. We cannot take responsibility for inaccuracies.
There are three sections on the SAT, and each one ranges from 200-800 points. The overall SAT score range is from 600 to 2400, with 2400 being the highest possible score.
All questions are multiple choice, with the exception of maths grid-in or write-in questions. Students receive one point for correct answers, and ¼ of a point is deducted for every incorrect answer. There are no deductions for leaving the answer blank, except you will not have any positive points for that question. For that reason, some test tutors recommend skipping questions if students cannot eliminate any wrong answers to a question.
Test takers will be given a raw score, which is determined by the composite of correct and incorrect answers. Students are also given a percentile, which is a percentage number that locates the student’s raw score in relation to other students who took the SAT on that test day. For example, a student in the 85th percentile has done better than 85% of all other students who took the same test on the same day across the world.
After you take your SAT, your scores will be available to view online within 17-20 days depending on the test date (up to six weeks for the score results in paper form). The College Board recommends that you also allow at least an additional week for the university to process your scores.
When you register for the SAT on the College Board website you have the option to send your scores by post or online to four universities of your choice for free. Beyond those four, you will have to pay a $11.25 fee for additional score reports. If you do not list any universities at the time of registration you will have to pay a fee to send the scores at a later date via the additional score report system.
To request additional score reports from the College Board website you can log-in to your ‘My SAT’ account and request scores to be sent to the universities of your choice.
Students who missed the registration deadline for the SAT may attempt to take the test via wait-list testing. If you miss the last registration deadline, or if your paper registration has been returned unprocessed without enough time to resubmit it, you may be able to go online to request a wait-list status. This status may be available from the last registration deadline up until five days before test day. If students who registered for the exam do not turn up or they find that there are enough supplies, staff, and seats to admit more students, places will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For that reason, we recommend arriving very early to queue and complete the registration process.
Wait-list status is only available online; you cannot request wait-list status with the paper registration form or by calling College Board’s Customer Service. Fulbright has no control over SAT administration, including wait-list status and unfortunately, cannot schedule this for students.
To Register for Wait-List Status: To register, all regular requirements will apply (including uploading an acceptable photo). However, the applicable registration fees, including wait-list fees, will be charged only if you are admitted to the test centre on test day.
For more information: Visit the College Board website.
Special accommodations may be arranged for taking most admissions exams. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for the process. For enquiries, consult the College Board or SAT website. For questions about taking the SAT with accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring +1 609 771 7137. For more information, read our Students with Disabilities webpage.
For more information on testing sites, dates and registration, please visit the College Board website or contact the College Board (+1 212 713 7789 or +1 212 520 8570). Please do not contact the individual testing sites.