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The SAT & ACT are standardized tests used by American Universities to compare applicants and see how ready they are to succeed at university. The majority of US Universities will require the SAT as part of their entrance requirements. SAT scores can also be used to award Merit Scholarships to students who do well. For students looking to play sports & qualify for sports scholarships in the USA, this is one of the first requirements coaches will ask for.

What does the SAT test cover?

The SAT test has 2 parts: Reading & Writing and Maths - with an optional essay required by some universities. Each section is scored out of 800 points, while the essay is scored out of 24 points. The ACT also tests reading, writing & maths, but it also has a science component. The more selective the university you are applying to, the higher scores that will be expected for each SAT section or combined ACT score.

How to prepare for the SAT?

At Varsity Abroad we make sure that students are aware of their SAT & ACT score expectations so that we select universities that are a realistic reach. To help our students prepare for the SAT & ACT we have the following options: