The SAT is a reasoning test that measures students’ knowledge of reading, math, and writing and how well students can apply the knowledge -- essential knowledge and skills for college success. The scores tell colleges the level of preparedness students have for the college level courses in those subjects.
The best long-term preparation for the SAT is to take rigorous courses and apply your full effor to your classroom studies. Most of the test content is derived from high school course content. The style and format of the SAT is different from most assessments students take in school, therefore, it is important for students become familiar with the test format and styles of questions. Additional preparation, study, and practice is often needed for students to achieve their personal admission and scholarship goals. Many options are available at no cost to MCA students.
PrepMe online study course accessible through the student’s Naviance account, provided by MCA.
PSAT Score Reports contain a personal Access Code to online scores and study tools to aid the student in preparing for the SAT.
Test Preparation Books for student use on campus are available in the library and student resource room.
Getting Ready for the SAT booklets containing test taking tips and a full-length practice test available in the student resource room. College Board has a partnership with:
Khan Academy for free online SAT video tutorials: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
Question of the Day and practice questions online: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/
Registration for the SAT is online through http://sat.collegeboard.org/
Students create a personal college board account that will be used for SAT and also for AP if the student enrolls in AP courses. Note the username and password as you will have to access this account to view your scores.
You have the option to send scores to up to 4 colleges for free at the time of registration and we recommend you do so. A fee is assessed to send scores at a later date.
Test Day Checklist
- Your Admission Ticket
- Two No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser
- Photo identification
- An Acceptable Calculator
Nice to Have:
- A watch (without an audible alarm)
- Extra batteries and backup equipment
- A bag or backpack
- A drink or snacks (for your break)
What NOT to Bring:
- Cell phones or smart phones, including BlackBerrys, iPhones or Android devices
- iPods or other MP3 players
- iPads or other tablet devices
- Laptops, notebooks, PDAs or any other personal computing devices
- Pagers or any other texting devices
- Separate timers of any type
- Cameras or other photographic equipment
- Any device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content.
SAT Test Taking Tips and Strategies are available on the College Board website: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-test-day-tips
Visit the College Board's website to understand your scores: http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/understanding-sat-scores.
Students receive a critical reading score, math score, and writing score, each on an 800 point scale. Additional subscores of the writing section are reported for the essay and multiple choice questions. The percentiles for each test section helps you see how you compare to others nationwide in the previous graduating class who took the SAT. Utilize this information to identify what subjects you need to review and study to improve your score on the next test.
Question and Answer Service
Available only for October, January and May test dates, this service provides students with the test questions, the student’s answers and the answer key. You may order the service at the time of registration or up to five months after the test date. The added fee is $18 per test date.
Student College Board Account
College Board provides a wide array of services to students and administers the PSAT, SAT, AP and CLEP tests. One student account is all that is needed to access the student’s score history and records. The same account can be used to access Big Future, College Board’s college search and planning tool available for free.
Sending Scores to Colleges
Many colleges require official scores directly from SAT for admissions applications. At the time of registration, you may select up to four colleges to receive the student’s scores for free. After scores are released, the student may return to http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores
at any time to order and pay for scores to be sent. A fee is charged for each score report ordered. Processing may take 2-3 weeks, so advanced planning is important to meet college and scholarship application deadlines.