The SAT is a test required by some US universities (and accepted at other universities around the world) for the purpose of admission evaluation.
SATs test students against an American educational curriculum in two main areas: reading and math. There is also an optional essay writing section. Although some universities require the SAT, there are more and more that are making this an optional component of the application process. For example, the following schools do not require the SAT to be submitted from international applicants: NYU, Northeastern Univ, Boston Univ, George Washington Univ, Univ of Chicago, Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, and hundreds more. See here for a full listing.
Total score: 400–1600
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section: 200–800
Math Section: 200–800
SAT Essay: Three scores ranging from 2–8
Visit the College Board web site to learn more about the SAT, view practice SAT tests, and more. You can also read more about understanding scores here.
Who requires what?
Students are encouraged to take the SAT as many times as possible- as this will not affect the review of their application. Most universities today allow students to “super score” their results, meaning only the highest Reading and highest Math section are used to create the highest combined score. In the case of the University of California system, they do not allow superscoring, and therefore students are required to submit their best SAT score (including the essay) from one sitting.
What are Subject Tests?
Subject tests are one-hour long, multiple choice tests in specific areas of study. The common Subject Tests taken at Aiglon include: English Literature, Math (level 1 or 2), Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Languages with Listening components (French, Spanish, Chinese, and others). A student may take up to three Subject Tests on one testing day. The most selective US universities may recommend or require these tests, and students may report Subject Test scores on their UK application forms as well. The ideal time to take these tests is at the end of Year 12 (June).
Preparation for the SAT
Aiglon College and AlphaPrep (a US-based tutoring company) are now in our 5th year of running SAT 5-day intensive residential courses on campus. An AlphaPrep tutor travels to Aiglon and leads an intensive course tailored to provide an in-depth SAT or ACT preparation. Course dates are structured to prepare students for future SAT or ACT exam dates.
We’ve seen increases of over 200 points from the beginning to the end of our holiday courses and the students are excited by their progress and the influence their scores will have on future university applications to the US.
Past participants of the programme applied and were admitted to: Babson, Brown, Claremont McKenna, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and USC to name just a few!
Students in Year 12 who plan to apply to the US should seriously consider this programme, and high achieving Year 11 students with strong math and English levels may consider this as well.
AlphaPrep also offers private skype tutoring to follow-up on any course learning or to begin work outside of the course.
“My Skype lessons with Josh is something I look forward to every week, and he really makes learning fun and easy!”
-Current Year 12 student
Testing Timeline & Fees
Students are responsible for registering themselves (using their legal name on all forms) on the College Board website. Aiglon is an official test site centre for SAT and Subject Tests. Upcoming dates are below:
March 14, 2020: SAT (Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020)
May 2, 2020: SAT, Subject Tests (Registration Deadline: April 3, 2020)
June 6, 2020: Subject Tests
August 29, 2020: SAT, Subject Tests
October 3, 2020: SAT, Subject Tests
December 5, 2020: SAT, Subject Tests
Fees vary depending on which combination of testing a student selects. An international fee of 46.00 USD applies to each registration.
- SAT 49.50 USD
- SAT with essay 64.50 USD
- Subject Tests
- Registration 26.00 USD
- Each test 22.00 USD
- Languages 26.00 USD
This year’s December Holiday Course will run Friday, 13 December to Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Click here for registration details.
About Patience Fanella-Koch
Patience is Director of College & Careers Counselling at Aiglon. She leads a four-person team working to offer personalised guidance to students as they search for undergraduate programmes and further careers. Patience brings 20 years of experience in the admission and college counselling world and served six years as an executive board member of the International Association for College Admissions Counselling (IACAC).