Most frequently asked questions about the New SAT I Reasoning Test
How important is the SAT?
It would not be an understatement to say that the SAT is the most important test you will ever take in your life. The SAT counts as much as all your grades from high school COMBINED! Imagine how much you studied for tests, finals, did homework, and combine all those hours. I hope you are beginning to see how important the SAT truly is. The SAT can also determine where you go to college. While you can’t change your 9th grade history grade, the SAT is truly is the one thing in your application that is not static, and you have the power to change. This point brings us to the next SAT question:
What SAT Score do I need to get into the ivy league colleges?
While colleges say there is no set score, you will definitely need an SAT score above 2150, even if you are a legacy!
What is considered a good SAT score?
We consider a good score anything above 2150, which is good enough to get into the Ivy league schools.
How many times can I retake the SAT?
You can retake the SAT as many times as you like, but there is no point in retaking the SAT unless you have prepared for it.
How many points is the SAT out of?
The SAT is out of 2400 points, the math section is out of 800, the critical reading section is out of 800, and the writing section is out of 800.
What is the highest SAT score you can get on the SAT I reasoning test?
The highest SAT score you can get on the SAT is 2400. This can only be accomplished by getting scores of 800 on each of the three sections.
Do I have to get everything right in a particular section in order to get a perfect score of 800 on a section?
No this is not true, depending on the scoring of the SAT, you can miss a few questions here and there, and still end up with a perfect score on a particular section of the SAT. In the math section however, sometimes you need to answer every question right, but on some particular tests, you can miss one or even two math questions on the SAT and still get a perfect score.
Is the SAT easier than the ACT?
This is a common myth, in fact neither the SAT nor the ACT is an easier test. Since the SAT is more universally accepted by colleges than the ACT, it makes more sense to study for the SAT rather than for the ACT. TutorFox chooses to only tutor for the SAT, because it is more universally accepted by top universities.
Is it possible to get a 0 SAT score?
No it is impossible to get a score of 0 on the SAT. The lowest score you can get in each section is a 200, making the composite score 600 out of a possible 2400.
Is the SAT a test that discriminates against women and minorities?
While it is true that women and minorities consistently score lower on the SAT than their male-white counterparts, it is an exaggeration to say that the SAT is biased solely based on gender or race. TutorFox does not see any difference in using names such as Sally or Joe in math problems, versus Laquisha or Lamar. Our philosophy is that if you don’t prepare for the SAT, you will get a low score in any case with no regard to your race or gender.
How can I get a high score on the SAT, or increase my current SAT score to get a perfect score of 2400?
There are many paths to getting a higher SAT score. Some involve considerably larger amounts of money than others. The most common way to get a higher SAT score is to purchase a guide to the SAT, which will guide you through the road to a higher SAT score. There are many guides out there, and few are truly useful, and here we will tell you about the most effective ones. TutorFox wrote what we believe is the most effective New SAT Guide. It has everything you need to get a high score on the SAT.
There is also the path of tutoring. While some tutoring services can cost thousands of dollars, TutorFox offers the most effective tutoring for the lowest rate in the SAT tutoring industry. Our tutors are especially qualified, as they all scored higher than 2100 on the SAT, most scoring higher than 2250.
How can I best prepare for the SAT?
The best way to prepare for the SAT depends deeply on the person. Some people are independent learners, and others are less so, and need the assistance and guidance of a tutor. For the former, the best way to prepare for the SAT is to purchase a guide that TutorFox recommends. For the latter, we recommend you hire TutorFox tutors to help increase your SAT score.
What is the average for the SAT?
The average for the SAT among college bound juniors and seniors (11th and 12th graders) is typically 1500, with individual subsection score of 500.
How many questions do I need to get right to get an average SAT score?
You need to get about half right to get an average SAT score of 1500. Think about how easy that sounds! The goal of a student should not be to get an average score, but an above-average score.
How much time do I need to prepare sufficiently for the SAT?
It depends on the person, and how much time you are willing to spend studying every day. In any case, it is best to start early, but if you are hard pressed for time, good results can be seen in just a few weeks of SAT preparation and TutorFox tutoring. To get the best possible results preparation must be done several months (2-3) before the SAT test date.
When is the best time to take the SAT?
There is not particular best time to take the SAT, except when you are completely ready, and have done enough practice tests to confirm your ability. This usually happens during the second half of junior year (11th grade) during the months of March, May, June, or the first half of senior year (12th grade), during the months of October, November, and December.
How long is the SAT test?
The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes, but will typically take 4 hours with breaks. If you start the SAT at 8:00 AM, you can expect to get out at 12:00-30 PM.
How much does it cost to take the SAT?
It costs $43 to take the SAT reasoning test.
Can students bring something to eat or drink during the SAT test?
You cannot eat or drink in the test room, but during breaks you can eat snacks and drink. TutorFox highly recommends bringing a snack for consumption during the SAT breaks.
How far in advance should I start preparing for the SAT?
If you are reading this SAT FAQ, that means you should probably start preparing for it NOW, meaning as soon as possible. For additional advice, read the How much time do I need to prepare sufficiently for the SAT? question.
How do I find my SAT score?
You must log into your account at http://www.collegeboard.com
How can I find the average SAT scores of certain colleges?
You can see various average scores of many colleges at the college board website.
Which SAT scores do colleges see?
Colleges see all your SAT scores, not just the highest ones from each section.
Do colleges look at all my SAT scores, or just the best ones from each section?
They see all your scores, however they pay special attention to certain sections depending on your major and the college.
Can I compare SAT scores from the old SAT with the new SAT? If so, how can I convert to old scores to the new standard and vice versa?
You can compare SAT scores between the old and new SAT.
To convert your score the old SAT to the new SAT, simple divide your old score (out of 1600), and multiply by 3.
Example: Old score of 1200 converted to the new score:
(1200/2 ) *3 = 1800
You can also use a calculator that we made: Convert Old SAT score to New SAT score Calculator
To convert your new SAT score to the old standard, add up the individual math and critical reading sections.
Example: On the new SAT I received 1970: 700 math, 670 critical reading, 600 writing.
On the old SAT your score would be 1370.
Where can I take a full length SAT Practice Test ?
You can take a full fletched practice test made by the collegeboard here.