An important part of the college application process is standardized testing. One of the most popular standardized tests is the SAT. Along with the ACT, it’s one of the main tests that colleges use to evaluate your academic skills, and creates a common ground upon which to compare applicants with a range of differences in their schools’ grading systems.


In 2016, the SAT was substantially redesigned, meaning that many older SAT preparation resources are no longer accurate. When you’re looking for guidance on how to study for the SAT, make sure you’re relying on sources that reflect the most recent iteration of the test, like the CollegeVine blog posts listed below.


Ready to learn more about the SAT and how to give it your best shot? Read on for our best advice regarding this very important part of your college preparation.



Understanding the SAT


Are you just starting to consider your SAT options, or looking for details about the exam’s purpose, structure, and timing? These blog posts will help you better understand the overall facts about the SAT and, in particular, its most recent updates.


So What is the SAT Anyway? A Newbie’s Guide to the College Board SAT

A Guide to the New SAT

What is the Difference Between the New SAT Essay and the New SAT Writing Section?

When Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

Complete Calendar of 2017 SAT Test Administration Dates

How to Register For Your SATs

Which Section of the SAT and ACT is Most Important?

A Guide to Disability Accommodations for Standardized Testing

2017 Welcomes New Testing Policies for Accommodations on the SAT

Download a Free SAT Test Prep Checklist

SAT section guides


The current form of the SAT includes two required sections: the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, which is made up of the Reading test and the Writing and Language test, and the Math section. There’s also an optional essay section that some colleges may require for applicants. For details on each section, check out the posts below.


Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

The Ultimate Guide to the New SAT Reading Test

The Ultimate Guide to the New SAT Writing and Language Test

Five Tips to Boost Your Score on the Reading SAT


The Ultimate Guide to the New SAT Math Test

Five Tips to Boost Your Math SAT Score

Essay (Optional)

The Ultimate Guide to the New SAT Essay


Preparing for the SAT

In these posts, we go over our best strategies for getting ready for the SAT, from studying test content content, to familiarizing yourself with the types of questions you’ll encounter, to practicing your pacing.


Tips to Prepare Yourself for Your SAT Test Day

How to Pace Yourself on Every Section of the SAT

Five SAT Strategies You Should Know

10 Tips to Prepare for the SAT

How Many SAT or ACT Practice Tests Should You Take?

What Parents Need to Know about ACT and SAT Studying Prep


Understanding your SAT score


For all the preparation it involves, the SAT ends up distilling your performance into just a few numerical scores. Here, we describe how scoring works on the SAT, what constitutes a “good” score, and what your score means for your college application process.


The CollegeVine Guide to SAT Scores: All Your Questions Answered

How the New SAT is Scored

What is a Good SAT Score?

How Does the Curve Work for the SAT?

New SAT vs. Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

Can a Good SAT or ACT Score Offset a Bad GPA?


Retaking the SAT


If you’re not satisfied with your SAT score, you may choose to retake the test after more studying. Here are a few posts going over what to think about when you’re considering retaking the SAT.


Should You Retake Your Standardized Tests?

10 Tips to Improve Your SAT Score

Do I Have to Self-Report My Test Scores?


Completing the testing requirements for your college applications can be stressful, but there are ways to make the process more manageable, and becoming an informed test-taker is one. We hope these posts help you to better understand the SAT’s expectations and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your test preparation.
Looking for one-on-one help in preparing for the SAT? CollegeVine pairs you with experienced, trained tutors who can provide personalized advice on how to do your best on this important test. Visit the CollegeVine SAT Tutoring Program for more information about our services.

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Monikah Schuschu

Monikah Schuschu

Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Monikah Schuschu is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard University. As a graduate student, she took a job at the Harvard College Office of Financial Aid and Admissions, and discovered the satisfaction of helping students and parents with the often-baffling college admissions process. She also enjoys fiber art, murder mysteries, and amateur entomology.
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