The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a college admission test that American high school students take in order to apply to colleges in the United States.
The total possible score of SAT is 1600, 800 from critical reading, and 800 from math, and an optional essay section scored out of 24 which was revised to the SAT I since 2016.
The optional essay section consists of a long reading passage that must be analyzed in the writing to show how the author achieved the writing purpose. Note that it does not ask for the students' opinion or whether the students agree or disagree.
The SAT I is also an official English language proficiency test which is more advanced than TOEFL, so it is used not just for the US college admission but also as the international admission test of Ewha Womans University or Yonsei University in Korea, and as admission test and interview material for Korean Minjok Leadership Academy and other foreign language high schools.


Subjects Time Content Item Types Score
Essay (Optional) 50 min Student-written essay Long reading passage with instructions on a writing task (2-8) X 3
Student-Written Essay
  • Content: Writing based on the topic and reading passage
  • Time: 50 min.
  • Readers: High school teachers and college professors
  • Score: 1~4 on three aspects of writing (reading, analysis, writing skills) from two graders: (1-4)X3X2.
  • Reading 65 min (Four Long Reading Passages and One Double Passage) Critical reading of long passages Reading comprehension, one passage in classic or modern US or world literature, one or a double passage in US civics or world politics, one in social science, two passages (one may be a double passage) in science 200-800
  • Time: Total 65 min. (one long section of five reading passages, one of which is a double passage)
  • Features: No analogy sections, no sentence comprehension types, no more short reading passages. The topic range of Reading section passages broadens, so it is important to grow a habit of reading a lot of newspapers and reading them fast.
  • Writing and Language 35 min Four long reading passages Grammar analysis reading passages
    Math 80 min (One 25-min. No Calculator Section & One 55-min. Calculator Section) Number & Operations Algebra & Functions Geometry; Statistics Probability & Data analysis Four-choice Multiple-choice Questions & Student- produced responses 200-800
  • Time: Total 80 min. (1 Section with 25 min, 1 section with 55 min.)
  • Features: A calculator can be used in the 55 min section and no calculator is allowed in the 25 min section. There are many more word-problems and questions from college math, science, and social science classes, from everyday jobs, from everyday personal life.


    What to Remember on the Test Day

    SAT Reasoning Test

  • You must arrive before 8 AM because the test starts at 8:15 AM.
  • Break time is given between each section.
  • You must work within each section of the test only for the time allotted. You may not work on different sections even if you finish the section early or could not finish other sections in time.

  • SAT Subject Tests

  • You must arrive before 8 AM because the test starts at 8:15 AM.
  • Testing time for each Subject Test is about 1 hour.
  • You may take up to 3 subject tests on one day, but you can leave the testing place early if you have only registered for 1 or 2 subject tests.


    How to Register for the SAT

    here are 7 test dates for the SAT each year. However, there are 6 test dates for the SAT each year for test centers outside the United States. The test registration is usually due 5 weeks before the test date, and the simplest way to register for the test is to use the College Board Website. You can also fill out the application from the College Board, and mail it directly to the College Board.


    Mail Registration

    Use the SAT Program Registration Bulletin distributed by the Korean-American Educational Commission (02-3211-1233) to mail the registration to the SAT College Board (Address: SAT SAT College Board 45 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10023 College Board/ATP P.O Box 6200 Princeton, Nj 08541-6200)

    Phone Registration

    Call 001-1-609-771-7600 for phone registration

    FAX Registration

    Use SAT Program Registration Bulletin to send a fax to SAT College Board

    Online Registration go to for online registration



    Testing Places


    Location Address


    Daewon Foreign Language High School Junggok 4-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (02)2204-1500
    Seoul Global High School 1-27, Myeongnyun 1-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul (02)743-9385
    Seoul Academy International School 988-5, Daechi 2-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (02)554-1690
    Yongsan International School of Seoul 10-213 Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (02)797-5104
    Asia Pacific International School 820, Wolgye 2-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul (02)907-2247
    Ewha Girls Foreign Language High School 1-1, Sunhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul (02)771-1692
    Korea Kent Foreign School 619-30, Guui 2-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (02)2201-7091
    Gyeonggi-Suwon International School 29-3 Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do (031)695-2800
    Dongducheon Foreign Language School 310, Jihaeng-dong, Dongducheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (031)864-9907
    Indianhead International School 233-3, Howon 1-dong, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do (031)870-3475
    CheongShim International Academy San 102, Songsan-ri, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (031)589-8900
    International Christian School - Pyeongtaek 367-3 Shindaebang-dong, Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do (031)651-1376
    Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies 232 Wangsan-ri, Mohyeon-myeon, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (031)332-0700
    Taejon Christian International School 210-1, Ojeong-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon (042)633-3663
    Korea Minjok Leadership Academy 1200, Sosa-ri, Anheung-myeon, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do (033)343-1115
    Busan International Foreign School 1492-12, Jung 2-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan (051)742-0588
    Busan Foreign School 1366-3, Jwa-3 dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan (051)747-7199
    Bugil Academy 61 Dandae-ro, Sinbu-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (041)520-8605
    Handong International School 3 Namsong-ri, Heunghae-eup, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (054)260-1733



    Getting Test Scores


    The test score will be notified individually after about 3 weeks.
    The SAT I score is permanently stored and directly reported to the college of the student's choice, and maximum of 6 scores will be sent when reporting to the college. To report the SAT score to the college of your choice, you may use the website, phone, mail, etc., which are similar to test registration. You can send your SAT score to up to 4 colleges for free, and add 4 additional colleges with a fee of $9 for each additional college. If you are not really confident about the score, do not write the code number when registering for the SAT. You can first check your score afterward, then find the college code number you want to write in the additional score report before sending the report

    The additional score report request is attached to the score report you will receive, so make sure you store the request form in a secure place.
    The student may have to wait at least 4-5 weeks to receive the score in Korea, so the student can use the internet account to find out his or her SAT score about 15 days after the test.



    Test Dates


    SATII Subject


    Most prestigious colleges require SAT II scores.
    Many students now select 2 SAT subject tests that meet their academic interests. But it is usually better to take 3 SAT II subject tests or more for the exceptionally recognized colleges, including Harvard, Also the subjects other than Math IIC or Math IC are usually difficult ones and it's not easy to get high scores in them. One way to get high scores in such subjects is to build a solid foundation and study thoroughly about the subject from the beginning.

    It is a trend among the elite high school students in Korea to take the AP tests competitively; you may not want to fall behind while everybody else is taking the AP tests, so it will be a good strategy to study for one subject and take both the SAT II and AP tests.



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