First administered in 1926, the SAT was created to democratize access to higher education for all students and ensure that all students had a chance to go to college. As an achievement test, the SAT allows students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they've learned in high school in core academic areas such as reading, writing, and mathematics. Research shows that using the SAT in conjunction with high school GPA (HSGPA) is the most powerful way to predict future academic performance. This same research demonstrates that the SAT is strongly predictive of college success; students with higher SAT scores are more likely to have higher grades in college.
The SAT is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments and is taken by roughly two million high school graduates a year. It's accepted or required at nearly all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Developed with input from high school teachers, college faculty, and enrollment professionals, the SAT covers core content areas deemed essential for success in college.
Covid-19 Resources Available on the SAT
During this unprecedented time, College Board is committed to supporting students and our member institutions. Learn more about the latest updates and changes to all of our programs supporting higher education professionals. Additional information about the SAT, fall administrations, the fee waiver program, covid-19-related guidance on admissions flexibility, as well as other resources are also available online.
Higher Education Portal Updates
College and university leaders have asked us to provide a more dynamic and interactive way to analyze and understand the SAT score reports they receive from students. This September, we launched a new, updated portal that will allow users to see students’ scores online, view enhanced trend reports, and export data for offline analysis. These updates launched Friday, September 4, 2020. Note that these updates won’t affect automatic data or the score reporting process. More information about the updated Higher Education Reporting Portal is now available.