SAT Information Specific to QISS
QISS is proud to be an SAT testing sight and to be able to offer the opportunity for our students to test in the comfort and convenience of their own school. We will be offering a chance for QISS students to test on October 1st , November 5th , December 3rd , May 5th and June 2nd.
The SAT is a recommended assessment for all 11th and 12th graders who plan to attend college. While 11th graders can take the SAT at any time during the year, we highly recommend that they not take it until the spring of their junior year. They will be better prepared and more successful if they wait until they have been exposed to higher level classes. Seniors should also take the SAT during the fall of their senior year. All students are encouraged to take the SAT at least two times during their high school careers. The SAT is a standardized assessment that is globally recognized by colleges as part of the admissions process. If you are the parent of a student who is preparing to take the SAT within the next year, you should investigate the following resources.
SAT Preparation Resources
The College Board web site offers several free tools to help students prepare to take the SAT and SAT Subject test.
1. Encourage your child to go to the following page to get his/her free SAT Question of the Day, Practice Questions and Practice Test.
2. Another great resource is the PSAT Score Report that your child receives when they get the results of their PSAT (10th and 11th grades only). The results provide specific information on where your child should focus academically. You can also go to: www.collegeboard.com/quickstart to sign in for tools that help; get a personalized SAT study plan, see correct answers and explanations, explore majors and careers, search for colleges and learn about scholarship opportunities.
Do not make your children do practice test after practice test hoping their score will go up by sheer perseverance. This is only going to reinforce bad habits which will later be hard to change. Students should first learn effective test-taking technique which when fully mastered can be applied to a series of practice tests. Quality, not quantity, is needed when preparing for the SAT.
Remember that the best preparation for understanding the content on the SAT is working hard every day in class.
General SAT Information
The test takes approximately 4 hours and consists of 10 separately timed sections.
The SAT covers critical reading, mathematics, and writing with an emphasis on learned information and problem solving skills. The question format includes multiple choice questions, essay questions and student produced responses (math sections).
How to Read the SAT Results
So what is a good SAT score? The exam consists of three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The scores from each section can range from 200 to 800, so the best possible total score is 2400. The average score for...
Very few students get a perfect SAT score, even those at the country’s top colleges. The list below shows the middle range of SAT scores for different schools. The middle 50% of admitted students fell within these numbers. Keep in mind that 25% of students who were admitted scored below the lower numbers listed here.
Finally, you'll see that some of the school profiles include the critical reading and math scores, but not the writing scores. This is because the writing part of the exam is still new, and many schools do not yet use it in their admissions decisions. We're likely to see that change in the next couple years as colleges figure out the relationship between the writing score and academic success.
How does your score compare? Here are recent “typical” SAT scores of students at 10 colleges and universities across the country:
Colleges and Universities and their average SAT Score
Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) 1039
Colorado State University 1112
Fordham University (New York) 1200 – 1330 (middle 50%)
Oglethorpe University (Georgia) 1140
St. Olaf College (Minnesota) 1200 – 1410 (middle 50%)
Texas A&M University 1208
University of California, Berkeley 2034
University of New England (Maine) 1090
University of Virginia
- Critical Reading: 590 – 700
- Mathematics: 610 – 720
- Writing: 600 – 710
- Critical Reading: 700 – 800
- Mathematics: 700 – 790
- Writing: 700 – 780
- Critical Reading: 650 - 760
- Mathematics: 720 – 800
- Writing: 660 - 760
Edited by Queenie Jeong