Understanding The SAT


Vivian Dickson

SATs determine if a student is ready for college. It’s very difficult to take the SAT without any prep, fortunately, many schools allow students to take the PSAT in 9th or even 10th grade, then the students will take the real SAT as a junior.

Many prestigious schools have high SAT averages. Prep scholar quotes, “University of Vermont-Average SAT Score-1259, University of Washington-Average SAT Score-1310, American University-Average SAT Score-1260.”

To qualify for scholarships, students have to score a 1300 or higher. Students can either receive a small scholarship or a full scholarship from different colleges depending on their score or GPA. This can give a lot of people opportunities because some families don’t have the money to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on college showing how impactful a student score on SAT can be. However, at the same time, SATs don’t determine a student’s whole future. Students can receive more than one chance on the SAT to help increase their score.

In 2018, the average score among high school seniors in New Jersey was 542 in reading and 543 in math, for a total of 1,085 out of 1,600, according to the state.  

There are two sections of the SAT: math and reading. The SAT is three hours long. Most colleges accept test scores, but a person’s GPA weighs more than a SAT score. The earlier a student takes the SAT the better, so that a student has time to prep and potentially retake if needed. Start studying using the college board SAT book to get prepared for the next SAT!