About The SAT

Why should students take the SAT?

Students and parents often ask why it is important to take the SAT. Reasons include:

  • All US colleges accept the SAT as an objective measurement of students' college readiness;
  • Used with GPAs and high school transcripts, SAT scores allow colleges to fairly compare applicants;
  • Taking the SAT gives US-bound students access to scholarship opportunities;
  • Most colleges require an admissions test like the SAT – some universal; moderating item;
  • The SAT provides students with the most comprehensive performance feedback of any admissions test.
  • The SAT is understood and recognised by QTAC.
  • The SAT is uncapped – it is possible for Queensland students to achieve a rank (performance permitting) equivalent to an OP 1 (Rank of 99).
  • For tertiary entrance to many overseas universities and US colleges, the Queensland Studies Authority's OP credential is unfamiliar and unknown. Consequently, all international students seeking a college placement in a US tertiary institution are required to provide an American College Board SAT score (not to be confused with an Australian School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship) or similar (ACT score). This requirement applies to both students who are seeking an academic future as well as those searching out sporting scholarships.

Many US institutions require a writing assessment for admission. Students who take the SAT almost always automatically fulfill such requirements for entry to US colleges.

Those interested may learn more about the scholarship search tool in the student area of the College Board's site.

What is the SAT?

The SAT Reasoning Test:

  • Is an internationally-recognised college – or university entrance credential, accepted by a wide range of tertiary institutions (world-wide).
  • Is undertaken by over 2 million candidates every year, over 6 administrations throughout the year.
  • Assesses a candidate's readiness for College-based study in 3 areas: Writing, Reading and Mathematics.
  • Assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills.

SAT is a registered trademark of the US College Board. The College Board does not endorse the services provided by Integrity Tutoring.

Who is the SAT for?

Students wishing to study college degrees overseas.

Top OP-ineligible athletes

Some matriculation-ineligible elite athletes could attract the attention of coaches or talent scouts from US colleges. To help such students, Integrity Tutoring has entered into a Memorandum Of Understanding with a highly-competent Brisbane-based athletics agency to help such students explore the possibilities (in tennis, soccer, swimming, diving, track and field, and others) of sporting scholarships with US colleges.

Creative (Music and Art) students

Many US colleges have the most spectacular music and creative arts courses of which Australian students often cannot begin to dream. US college study often opens new and stupendous worlds of opportunity.

Promising Year 10 and Year 11 students?

As always, some Year 11 students are particularly focussed, and have a clear plan for pursuing post-secondary education or sporting endeavours overseas. Long-term planning and preparation for these students is very useful.

How Difficult is the SAT?

The SAT has been developed to reflect accepted educational standards. The data show that the material on the SAT and the time allocated to each section are appropriate for the intended test-taking population:

  • On average, students answer 50 to 60 per cent of questions correctly.
  • 80 per cent finish nearly the entire test.
  • Almost all students complete at least 75 per cent of the questions.
  • SAT Maths is primarily a review of Year 9 and Year 10, and Senior Maths A.

Students are encouraged to become as familiar as possible with the test before they take their first SAT.

How is the test structured?

The test consists of 10 separately timed sections:

  • Three sections test critical reading (70 minutes in total)
  • Three sections test mathematics (70 minutes in total)
  • Three sections test writing (60 minutes in total)
  • One variable (unscored) section tests critical reading, mathematics, or writing (25 minutes total)

Is there any comparability between different SATs?

All SAT tests have been standardised so that the scores from one test administration can be compared with SAT scores from other test administrations.