What is the SAT?
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.
You’re On Your Way
One of our biggest goals in changing the SAT is to make sure it’s highly relevant to your future success. The new test will be more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It will measure:
- What you learn in high school
- What you need to succeed in college
If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.
The same habits and choices that lead to success in school will help you get ready for the SAT. The best way to prepare for the test is to:
- Take challenging courses.
- Do your homework.
- Prepare for tests and quizzes.
- Ask and answer lots of questions.
In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.
And One More Thing
Know what to expect.
Find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the new SAT and what the test will measure. Where do you want to start?
Who participates in the SAT? What is the cost?
All 11th Graders: LISD automatically pays for all 11th grade students to participate
Registration will take place on campus in your English III classes in February.
When and where is the SAT?
The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Monterey High school will host the “SAT School Day” administration in early March during the school day (typically the first Wednesday of March).
How do I prepare for the SAT?
The best way to get ready for the SAT is to take challenging courses, study hard, and read and write in and outside of the classroom.
Studies suggest that cramming and short-term prep can’t substitute for hard work in school, but it’s certainly a good idea for you to become familiar and comfortable with the test format and question types. That’s why the best SAT practice is the PSAT/NMSQT®, which covers the same subjects under timed conditions.
You can also take advantage of College Board’s free online practice tools, such as an online or printable practice test, sample questions, The Official SAT Question of the Day™ and more.
Remember, a little practice goes a long way.
Another free resource is Kaplan's free SAT and ACT Study Guide- have questions about the SAT and ACT? Kaplan's new study guide is your go-to for information on both tests.
What should I bring on test day? Download it here for free.
- The printed Admission Ticket, which is required for entry to the testing area.
- An acceptable photo ID
- Two No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser
- An approved calculator with fresh batteries
- Students may bring additional batteries and a backup calculator to the test center. Test center staff will not have batteries or calculators for test-taker use.
- Students may not share a calculator with another test-taker.
Students should not bring phones or other electronic devices into the testing area. The test administration staff reserves the right to collect and hold phones and other prohibited electronic devices during the test administration, including break periods. If a device makes noise, or a student is seen using it or attempting to access it at any time, including breaks, the student will be dismissed immediately, the studen’ts scores can be canceled and the device may be confiscated.
ABSENT FROM TEST DAY?
If you are absent from the SAT in the School Day given at Monterey High School, you can make that exam up! Students who were absent on test day can test on a later date, as part of the weekend SAT administration. You will need to sign in to your College Board account to transfer your registration free of charge. You need to make this transfer and upload an acceptable photo no later than the late registration deadline (which can be found at collegeboard.org), to ensure you have a seat on test day.
If you have any questions, please contact Test Administration Services (TAS) at:
Phone: (855) 373-6387
Use PSAT/NMSQT® scores to unlock a free SAT study plan on Khan Academy®.
It's SAT Practice Kickoff Week, and we're celebrating the more than 10 million students who've tried Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. As a school leader who helped your school offer the PSAT/NMSQT, you're invited to participate in Kickoff Week from January 27–31 by encouraging your students to sign up for Official SAT Practice and send their PSAT/NMSQT scores to Khan Academy.
After sharing their scores, your students' Official SAT Practice experience will be completely customized to their strengths and weaknesses. All it takes is a few steps to link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts while signing up.