When and How to Take the SAT

When to Take the SAT

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice — in the spring as a junior and in the fall as a senior. Most students improve their score the second time they take the SAT. Learn more about when to take the SAT.

Register Online

The quickest and easiest way to register is online:

  • Choose your test date and test center in real time.
  • Receive immediate registration confirmation.
  • Get 24-hour access to your registration for printing or correcting your Admission Ticket.

Say “Yes” to Student Search Service®

Help colleges find you before you apply. When you say “yes” to Student Search Service, we’ll send some of your information to colleges, giving them the opportunity to reach out to you — a potential new student. Learn more about Student Search Service.

Know your SAT Testing Rights & Requirements

How Do I Sign Up for the ACT

How Do I Sign Up for the ACT?

Online registration is the fastest method. You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you also can print your admission ticket from the website. How you sign up depends on where and how you plan to test: please see below for how to register.

Reminder: You need to register by mail only if you are younger than 13 or cannot pay by credit card.


Check Registration website for changes and updates

Test Date Registration Ends Late Registration Time Frame ACT Score Release Dates
Feb. 7, 2015 Jan. 9 Jan. 10 – 16
April 18, 2015 March 13 March 14 – 27
June 13, 2015 May 8 May 9 – 22
Sept. 12, 2015 Aug. 7 Aug. 8 – 21
Oct. 24, 2015 Sept. 18 Sept. 19 – Oct. 2
Dec. 12, 2015 Nov. 6 Nov. 7 – 20
Feb. 6, 2016 Jan. 8 Jan. 9 – 15
April 9, 2016 March 4 March 5 – 18
June 11, 2016 May 6 May 7 – 20

How Parents Can Help With the College Application Process

When the time comes for your child to  apply to colleges, the entire process can put stress on you and your child. And with the added pressure for your child to find a college team to compete for, it can make their admission process much more complicated than that of non-student-athletes. Knowing where to look, what to do, and who to ask for help can make a huge difference as you prepare your child for the college admission process.

First things first, Parents

Your child needs to think about where they truly want to attend school, and whether they want to compete in college sports or not. They will also need to be in direct contact with the college coaches they hope to compete for. Even if your child plans to walk-on to a team, they still have to establish a relationship with the coach to make sure playing and trying out will be a realistic expectation.

College Applications: Timing is everything

There are different admission deadlines and requirements for each university. Most state schools have similar, if not the same, deadlines, but do not rely on one college’s dates to guide you through the admission process.

Check out the website of each college your child plans to apply to before their senior year. This will help them plan out when and what they need to get into each university, and it ensures they won’t miss any deadlines.  They will need to know exact dates their information needs to be submitted by, whether they decide to apply for early or regular admissions.

If a college application is not completed or filled out correctly it can cost your child admission. Colleges receive hundreds,- if not thousands of applications each deadline, don’t give them a reason to not accept you. Making sure you meet the essay guidelines, and send in all supplemental work the college asks for such as letters of recommendation and portfolios. Knowing when all application deadlines are is extremely important when helping your child plan for their future.

The College Application deadlines

Early applications: This is the first round of applications; typically students can look to have these sent in by November 1 – November 15 of their senior year. If your child is meeting all of their requirements going into their final year of high school then the early application deadline is something they should consider so they can get it over with.

Regular application deadlines: These deadlines vary by school, so make sure you know what the deadlines are for the schools you apply to. A majority of seniors choose to complete and submit their applications for the regular deadline . Regular applications will include students’ first semester senior grades, which is why many athletes choose to wait until this deadline to send in their information.

Make sure you and your children know all the requirements needed for each application. Being organized during this time will prove to be very beneficial.

2016 SAT Test Changes

Most of our boys will be taking the new test.   As you start to prepare for next year, take note of the changes.

2016 SAT Test Changes

As many students and parents already know, the College Board recently announced significant changes to the SAT exam. For students preparing to take the SAT in the next two years, there’s no need to panic or change studying plans. The announced changes to the SAT won’t go live until 2016 and for students who will need to take the “new” SAT, rest assured that Veritas Prep is already working on updating its Veritas Prep SAT 2400 curriculum to reflect these changes. In the meantime, we’ve put together a comprehensive list (PDF download) of changes between the current and “new” SAT.

Content Changes

Essay requires students to form their own argument
No fact based evidence is necessary
Essay requires students to evaluate an existing argument through analysis and presentation of evidence
Passage-based questions do not require students to show work Passage-based questions require student to cite specific evidence in test to support answer choice
Reading passages draw from a limited number of academic disciplines Reading passages will include texts from science, history, social studies, and literature
Vocabulary tested includes obscure words and meanings Vocabulary tested relates to “relevant words in context.” Words are widely used in college and professional life and have multiple meanings depending on the context
Math section is a survey of varying levels of high school math Math section focused on 3 areas:
1) Ratios, percents, proportions
2) Linear equations and functions
3) Complex equations
Critical Reading and Writing include no graphical information Evidenced-based Reading and Writing includes graphs and tables for science and social studies passages
Students have no prior knowledge as to passage content Each exam will feature a passage from a founding document in American history or from a text that is part of the “great global conversation.”


Technical Changes

Three required sections:
1) Critical Reading
2) Writing
3) Math
Two required sections:
1) Evidenced-based Reading and Writing
2) Math
Essay is 25 minutes and included in Writing section Essay is 50 minutes and is optional
Total exam time of around 4 hours Total exam time of around 3 hours without essay
Total exam time of around 4 hours with essay
Highest possible score is 2400, which includes essay Highest possible score is 1600
Separate score for essay
Calculator permitted throughout Math section Math section includes some no-calculator segments
¼-point penalty for incorrect answers on multiple choice questions No point deduction for incorrect answers
SAT delivered on paper only SAT available in both paper and digital formats


How will Veritas Prep prepare me for the new SAT?
The “new” SAT is in many ways shifting to be more like the ACT. Over the past year, we’ve had our top curriculum developers for both the GMAT and SAT working on a brand-new ACT curriculum and we have already begun implementing the relevant content areas into our 2016 SAT program. Keep in mind – the SAT is evolving but not going away. Most of Veritas Prep’s popular SAT 2400 strategies from our current program will remain relevant to students taking the SAT in 2016 and beyond.

How will Veritas Prep help prepare me for the computer-based version of the SAT?
Veritas Prep is the world leader in computer technology for standardized exams. We are the only test preparation provider to have successfully reverse-engineered the world’s most famous existing computer-based test, the GMAT, and have already built this proprietary technology into our SAT and ACT programs.

What if I begin preparing for the SAT now using Veritas Prep SAT 2400 but plan to eventually take the new version of the SAT?
The “new” SAT is mostly a paring-down of the current SAT (removing the essay, trimming the breadth of math content, etc.) so our current SAT lessons are still effective for the 2016 test, but younger students will simply want to focus on the 75% of lessons that reflect the narrowed scope. Veritas Prep SAT instructors have been fully trained on which areas to emphasize for such students.

When will Veritas Prep transition to a course designed around the new test?
The last test administration in the old SAT format will likely be either December 2015 or January 2016. Veritas Prep’s current SAT 2400 program will remain live until the end of 2015, as long as students still need to prepare for the current format. All Veritas Prep SAT 2400 classes in 2016 will prepare students for the new test, the first administration of which is likely to be in March. Since the new SAT will be a more focused treatment of the comprehensive subject matter covered by Veritas Prep SAT 2400, students studying with our current course will have an easy time transitioning over to the new test format.

What if I need to repeat my SAT course around the time of the transition?
All Veritas Prep students taking an SAT 2400 course in the fall of 2015 will get a free upgrade to the new course, which starts in January 2016. To upgrade their course, students simply need to call and request their free upgrade within one year of their first course and they will be enrolled in the new program.

Will my study materials be useless in 2016 if I take a Veritas Prep SAT 2400 course in 2015?
While much of the content in Veritas Prep SAT 2400 will overlap with the content relevant to the redesigned SAT, Veritas Prep will retire its current course materials at the end of 2015. Students who wish to continue their studies with Veritas Prep beyond that point can invoke their free upgrade (if applicable) or purchase a new program in order to gain access to the new classroom materials.

8 Changes in the SAT Test by 2016

When students open their SAT test books in spring 2016, they’ll encounter an SAT that is more focused and useful than ever before. Below you’ll find descriptions of the major changes, full test specifications, and extensive sample questions for each section  The redesigned SAT will test the few things that research shows matter most for college readiness and success. The SAT redesign is centered on eight key changes.


1)      Relevant Words in Context


The redesigned SAT will focus on relevant words, the meanings of which depend on how they’re used. Students will be asked to interpret the meaning of words based on the context of the passage in which they appear. This is demanding but rewarding work. These are words that students will use throughout their lives — in high school, college, and beyond.


Requiring students to master relevant vocabulary will change the way they prepare for the exam. No longer will students use flashcards to memorize obscure words, only to forget them the minute they put their test pencils down. The redesigned SAT will engage students in close reading and honor the best work of the classroom.


2)      Command of Evidence

When students take the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Essay sections of the redesigned SAT, they’ll be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources. These include informational graphics and multiparagraph passages excerpted from literature and literary nonfiction; texts in the humanities, science, history, and social studies; and career-related sources.


For every passage students read in the SAT Reading Test, there will be at least one question asking them to select a quote from the text that best supports the answer they have chosen in response to the preceding question. Some passages will be paired with informational graphics, and students will be asked to integrate the information conveyed through each in order to find the best answer.


Questions in the SAT Writing and Language Test will also focus on command of evidence. Students will be asked to analyze sequences of paragraphs to make sure they are correct, grammatically and substantively. In some questions, students will be asked to interpret graphics and edit the accompanying passages so that they accurately convey the information in the graphics.


3)       Essay Analyzing a Source


The focus of the Essay section on the redesigned SAT will be very different from the essay on the current SAT. Students will read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience. Students may analyze such aspects of the passage as the author’s use of evidence, reasoning, and stylistic and persuasive elements. This task more closely mirrors college writing assignments.


The new Essay section is designed to support high school students and teachers as they cultivate close reading, careful analysis, and clear writing. It will promote the practice of reading a wide variety of arguments and analyzing how authors do their work as writers.


The essay prompt will be shared in advance and remain consistent. Only the source material (passage) will change. The Essay will be an optional component of the SAT, although some school districts and colleges will require it.


4)      Focus on Math that Matters Most


The exam will focus in depth on three essential areas of math: Problem Solving and Data Analysis, the Heart of Algebra, and Passport to Advanced Math. Problem Solving and Data Analysis is about being quantitatively literate. It includes using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning to solve problems in science, social science, and career contexts. The Heart of Algebra focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems, which helps students develop key powers of abstraction. Passport to Advanced Math focuses on the student’s familiarity with more complex equations and the manipulation they require.


Current research shows that these areas most contribute to readiness for college and career training. They’re used disproportionately in a wide range of majors and careers. In addition to these areas, the exam will sample additional topics in math, including the kinds of geometric and trigonometric skills that are most relevant to college and careers.


5)      Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts


Throughout the redesigned SAT, students will engage with questions grounded in the real world, questions directly related to the work performed in college and career.


In the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, reading questions will include literature and literary nonfiction, but also feature charts, graphs, and passages like the ones students are likely to encounter in science, social science, and other majors and careers. Students will be asked to do more than correct errors; they’ll edit and revise to improve texts from the humanities, history, social science, and career contexts.


The Math section will feature multistep applications to solve problems in science, social science, career scenarios, and other real-life contexts. Students will be presented with a scenario and then asked several questions about it. This allows students to dig into a situation and think about it, then model it mathematically.


6)       Analysis in Science and in History/Social Studies


When students take the redesigned SAT, they will be asked to apply their reading, writing, language, and math skills to answer questions in science, history, and social studies contexts. They will use these skills — in college, in their jobs, and in their lives — to make sense of recent discoveries, political developments, global events, and health and environmental issues.


Students will encounter challenging texts and informational graphics that pertain to issues and topics like these in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section. Questions will require them to read and comprehend texts, revise texts to be consistent with data presented in graphics, synthesize information presented through texts and graphics, and solve problems based in science and social science.


7)      Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation


The U.S. founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers, have helped inspire a conversation that continues to this day about the nature of civic life. While the founding documents originated in the early American context, over time authors, speakers, and thinkers from the United States and around the world, including Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mohandas Gandhi, have broadened and deepened the conversation around such vital matters as freedom, justice, and human dignity. Every time students take the redesigned SAT, they will encounter a passage from one of the founding documents or from a text from the global conversation. In this way, we hope that the redesigned SAT will inspire a close reading of these rich, meaningful, often profound texts, not only as a way to develop valuable college and career readiness skills but also as an opportunity to reflect on and deeply engage with issues and concerns central to informed citizenship.


8)      No Penalty for Wrong Answers



The redesigned SAT will remove the penalty for wrong answers. Students will earn points for the questions they answer correctly. This move to rights-only scoring encourages students to give the best answer they have to every problem.

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