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Get Into College .... About the SAT®

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The Princeton Review is committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information on all our preparation exams. We have thoroughly researched the SAT and have presented this webpage as a means for you to dispel any myths related to the test.

The SAT is the test used by most American colleges and Universities, and top Thai Universities, to help decide whether to admit students or not (along with GPA, transcript, recommendations, etc.). Not all schools require the SAT (or ACT), but the great majority do.  The SAT tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics.

The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom—including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges.

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How We Teach SAT Courses

We explain concepts tested on the exams and teach proven test-taking techniques. All lessons are focused on beating the SAT.

We Back It Up

We spend millions of dollars studying the SAT, developing SAT materials and training teachers to teach the test. We know what we're doing. Some would even say we're "SAT Nerds," although we prefer the term "SAT Experts."

What is on the SAT?

SAT has 3 sections: 1)Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 2)Math, 3)Essay (optional). Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, except for the Essay which is scored on a scale of 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions (Essay results reported separately). It costs 46 USD for the test (60 USD for SAT with Essay) and 53 USD for international processing fees (East Asia/Pacific).

A good SAT score is whatever you need to be competitive in the eyes of your target schools. 

SAT Question Types

The SAT lasts 3 hours and 50 minutes (including Essay) and tests your critical thinking skills, as well as your ability to analyze and solve problems in math, reading, and writing.




Number of Questions

Content / Skills Covered

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing


 65 Minutes

52 Questions reading and vocabulary in context


35 Minutes

44 Questions

grammar and usage



 No Calculator

25 Minutes

20 Questions

heart of algebra, problem solving & data analysis, passport to advanced math, additional topics (geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus

 Calculator Allowed

55 Minutes

38 Questions

Essay (optional)


50 Minutes

1 Question produce a written analysis of a provided source text

Generally, you should take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year. This allows you enough time to re-take the test during the fall of your senior year if you're not satisfied with your score.

How to Register

-The easiest way is to register online at  www.collegeboard.org .

-To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program.

When to Register

The SAT for international is offered 4 times a year: March, May, October, and December. SAT registration deadline is approximately 5 weeks before each test date. It is advisable to register at least months before the test date to ensure placement.

SAT Myths that you totally believe are true:

The SAT is a test of intelligence and my scores are a good indication of how I will do in college.

FACT: Your SAT scores reflect how good you are at taking the SAT (as well as how much time you spent preparing)–and that's about it. Nevertheless, admissions officers continue to place great weight on this test. So it's important to do well.

You can't really improve your Reading score.

FACT: You can improve your Reading score by expanding your vocabulary. Reading comprehension and sentence completions all rely upon your understanding of the words in the questions and answer choices. So read books, newspapers and anything else you can get your hands on, and check out our SAT prep for additional vocabulary-building tools.

The SAT is easiest in May and hardest in December.

FACT: All SAT tests are weighted the same. In addition, student scores are put up against a years worth of test-takers, not one particular test. All questions and tests are vetted to be indicative of a student's ability. The College Board does not make some tests easier than other tests.

It is best to student for a short time before the test.

FACT: You should study as much as you need to get the score you want. The Princeton Review Thailand recommends up to 50 hours of classroom time or 26 hours of private tutoring.


Can I Cancel My Scores?

Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center, or you can think about it for a day or two before mailing it to The College Board. However, The College Board must receive your request form no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the Thursday after the test date.

How Important Are SAT Scores?

The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school. Colleges and universities also consider high school grade point average and academic transcript, letters of recommendation, interviews, and personal essays when deciding on admissions. In addition, virtually all U.S. colleges and universities will accept ACT scores in lieu of SAT scores. For more specific information about the weight of your scores, contact the admissions offices of the schools to which you will apply.

When Should I Start Prepping?

Give yourself 5 to 12 weeks to prepare for the SAT. If you prep with us during the summer, we'll give you a free full-length practice test and wrap-up course session right before your test in the fall.

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