Q. What is the SAT?
A. The SAT is a standardized test for most college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organization in the United States.

Q.  What is the function of the SAT?
A. The SAT was formulated to measure math, literacy, and writing skills needed for academic success in college. Most colleges and universities in turn use a combination of SAT scores and high school grade point averages to provide as an indicator of proficiency levels. There are considerable differences between schools around the world so it is nearly impossible to base academic qualifications without a standardized exam like the SAT.

Q. What is the structure of the SAT?
A. Please see the information below for the structure of current SAT vs the redesigned SAT

New SAT (HS Class of 2017 and Beyond)

  1. 1600 Point Scale
  2. No penalty for wrong answers
  3. More Complex Scoring System:
    a. 2 Area Scores (800 points each) – Math and Evidence-Based Reading &Writing
    b. 5 “Sub-Scores”:  Math, Reading, Writing & Language, History/Social Students, and Science (History/Social Studies and Science are graded as “Cross Tests” and on how students score on specific questions tied to these subjects as seen in Math and Reading/Writing)
    c. Optional essay that will be reported separately (quality counts)
  4. 3 Hours/3 Hours 50 Minutes with optional essay
  5. Offered only in print
  6. Math focused on practical problem solving with informational graphics and algebra
  7. Calculator only permitted for 37 out of 57 questions

Current SAT (HS Class of 2015 – 2016)

  1. 2400 Point Scale
  2. .25 penalty for wrong answers
  3. 3 Area Scores (800 Each) – Math, Writing (with mandatory essay), and Critical Reading
  4. 3 Hours 45 Minutes
  5. Offered in print and electronically
  6. Focused on many mathematical topics with more emphasis on computational skills.
  7. Calculator permitted for all math sections

Q. How do you prepare your students?
A. 2015-16 Courses Available (most effective if taken in order listed):

  • 2015 PSAT/SAT Writing Course with Dr. Cotter: Every Friday until June 19, 4:30pm–6:30pm
  • 2015 Summer 7-wk Semester: Mon.-Thurs., 9:00am–1:45pm
  • 2015-16 Fall Saturday 16-wk Semester: Sept. 6 –Jan.2 2016, 9:00am–2:45pm
  • 2015 Fall 16-wk Writing Course: Fridays, Sept. 4–Dec. 18, 4:30pm–6:30pm