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What Is the SAT?

Description of the SAT test program developed by the College Board.

The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test that assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills that students need to be successful in college. Each of the three sections that comprise the SAT Reasoning Test has a possible score of 800 points. Prior to 2005, the SAT test included only two sections, the verbal section (now referred to as the critical reading section) and the math section, each having possible scores of 800 points. SAT test results represent one factor considered by many colleges and universities in making admissions decisions.

The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. The California Department of Education does not have results that identify individual students. Please direct questions about individual scores, including requests for transcripts, to the College Board External link opens in new window or tab. .

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 20, 2016
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