The SAT College Admissions Exam


    The SAT is the most-frequently taken college admissions test on the West Coast. It is given seven times during the school year. Though Shorewood is usually a testing site, the SAT is administered by the College Board

    Grid of SAT Upcoming Dates


    Students will register for the SAT online through the College Board. If students took the PSAT in 10th and/ or 11th grade, then they have a College Board account. 

    Registration will take a while--the College Board asks lots of questions--and you will need a photo of yourself that you can upload. 

    If you qualify for free & reduced lunch, you will be eligible for a fee waiver to help pay for the test. See your counselor or Mrs. Roma. 

    If you are requesting testing accommodations, you must register even earlier than the standard deadline. There is a limit to the number of seats for students with accommodations, so you must register very early to get your requested test date and site. 


    School Day SAT March 4

    A FREE SAT for all Shorewood Juniors will be administered March 4, 2020. More information will be available in early 2020. This is a full SAT and scores can be used to send to colleges. 



    (links lead to the College Board's pages describing that section)

    Reading Test with five passages (one passages is a pair of related passages) 

    Writing and Language Test which tests your editing and revising skills

    Math Test which is really two sections, one taken with a calculator and and one taken without a calculator

    SAT Essay* (optional) please read below for information on who should and who should not take the SAT Essay


    How Colleges Get the Scores

    Shorewood does not send test scores. When you sign up for the SAT, you may request that free test reports be sent to particular colleges.

    If you wish to see their test scores before sending them, take the test early enough to do so. This is why we recommend testing during Junior year. 

    Colleges accept the scores a few ways, and you must look up the college's policy if you plan on applying to that school. Each college will ask you to do one of the following:

    • Self-report your scores as the college directs. Colleges usually instruct you to submit a screen shot, or submit a pdf of the score report, or fill out your scores in a particular location on your application. 
    • Send official reports through the testing agencies--the College Board for the SAT and for the ACT. These reports will cost you about $12/ college. Fee waivers can be used if students are on Free & Reduced Lunch. Talk to your counselor. 
      • One way to submit official scores is to do so while you are working through the Coalition application. The Coalition will connect to your College Board account and you can order score reports that way. This is new in the fall of 2019 so there is not yet a track record from students about how this works. The cost will be the same as for official College Board score reports, about $12/ college. 


    Test Prep 

    Come into the Career Center to check out a College Board SAT Prep book. These books were donated to us by the EQC, a committee of the Shorewood PTSA. You will check the book out just like a library book. Please do not write in it and return it in good condition. 


    SAT Essay

    Fewer and fewer schools require the SAT Essay. As of fall 2018, fewer than 15 US colleges, which includes 9 UC schools, require the essay, and that number is expected to drop. Consequently, we no longer uniformly recommend that all students pay extra for the essay portion. Verify policies with the colleges to which you will apply.  

    See SAT Writing Requirements Compass Prep for a list of college policies. Almost all of the fewer than 15 institutions that require the essay are University of California schools. 

    Also see why fewer colleges are requiring the essay, which also means that you need not fret if your essay score seems low compared to your section scores:  Pencils Down:  Major Colleges Stop Requiring the Essay for Admission  Washington Post 7.10.2018.


    About the SAT 

    ACT vs. SAT graphic