The SAT is a three part assessment used by college admission offices to assess students’ academic readiness for college.
The test has three sections and students earn a score between 200-800 on each section.
• Critical Reading-reading comprehension passages and sentence completion
• Math-questions cover material in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
• Writing-Includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. Student’s will develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt and support that point of view using reasoning and examples from your reading, studies, experience, or observations
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are one hour, multiple choice tests that measure proficiency in a specific subject. Some of the more selective colleges (about 30) require applicants to submit two Subject Tests as part of the admission process; only a few (fewer than five) require three. The Subject Test requirements vary from college to college, so it is important to check with each individual admission office. For example, engineering programs/schools may ask their applicants to submit Subject Tests in Math and either Physics or Chemistry. A student should take a Subject Test in an area of academic strength and at the height of her knowledge about a specific subject.
Students can choose which Subject Test Scores they submit to colleges. For more information about score reporting from the College Board, click here.
Always talk to the teacher in the relevant class to assess preparedness for taking any Subject Test, and to determine whether any additional preparation for the test is necessary. In general, we recommend the student be earning grades in the high B range or better, and be confident with the subject material.
Some pointers about registering for and taking SAT and Subject Tests:
• Garrison Forest's School Code (CEEB Code) is 210-580. Use this code every time you take a test!
• If you do not use this code, we will not get a copy of your results for that test date.
• Students are required to upload a photo during the registration process. The photo becomes part of the admission ticket.
• It is the student’s responsibility to register for the test. The school does not register students. Register online with the College Board.
• We encourage taking the SAT for the first time in January of the junior year and the Subject Tests in May or June. Remember to check with colleges individually for required Subject Tests.
• You cannot take the SAT and the Subject Tests on the same day.
• You can retake Subject Tests, just like the SAT, but please check with us before retaking any Subject Tests.
• Students must send SAT scores to colleges directly from The College Board. Test scores are not included on the GFS transcript.
• Each time you take an SAT, you receive four free score reports for colleges with your registration fee. Make sure you select colleges to receive SAT scores when you sit for the test. (This is a more important issue when you take the SAT in the fall of your senior year.)