The SAT College Admissions Exam
The SAT is the most-frequently taken college admissions test on the West Coast. It is typically given seven times during the school year. Though Shorewood is usually a testing site, the SAT is administered by the College Board.
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. Hurley.
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 in March
There will be a School Day SAT for current Shorewood Juniors on March 2, 2022. Please see announcements in the Canvas Class of 2023 course for details.
(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 ACT.org 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.
When the building is open, students can come into the Career Center to check out a College Board SAT Prep book. When the building is closed, please see the options listed on the Test Prep page.
The SAT used to include an essay, but it no longer has that section.
Reference for: score ranges of many colleges; comparisons of SAT & ACT content; National Merit program overview; procedure for Testing Accommodations. Please note that this report is produced by a test prep company and so, while the information is reliable, the advice may not be neutral.