What is the SAT?

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized test produced by The College Board and used by many colleges as a factor in the admissions process. It is scored on a 1600-point scale, with the Math and Reading sections scored between 200 and 800. There is also an optional essay section.

When should my student take the SAT?

Students are encouraged to take the SAT at least once, starting in the spring of their junior year. Students can take the exam as many times as they choose, although our general recommendation is that they take the test no more than 3 times between their junior and senior years.

How do students sign up for the test?

Students sign up for the test directly through the College Board website.

Where is the SAT held?

Many local high schools serve as testing centers for the SAT. Students will be prompted to select an available testing center when registering for the test. We encourage students to sign up early to help ensure they can pick a test center that is convenient for them. (PLEASE NOTE: Wilmington High School is NOT a testing center for the SAT.)

How do students prepare for the SAT?

We recommend students take advantage of the FREE SAT prep available through the College Board's partnership with Khan Academy! Students can go to to set up an account that will allow them to:

  • Get personalized recommendations. Link your Khan Academy account to your College Board account to import past SAT Suite results, or take diagnostic quizzes to get personalized recommendations.
  • Create a study plan. Select a test date and set up a practice schedule.

For additional information about the SATs, click here.