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How to Take the Sat

Doing well on the SAT can mean the difference between attending your first choice and your safety school, so you'd better learn what to do.


  • Step 1: Register for the test Register to take the SAT by signing up online at or by mailing the registration form found in the SAT registration book, available in your school counselor’s office.
  • TIP: Signing up for an online account allows you to register, view your SAT scores, and send them to colleges.
  • Step 2: Get registration confirmation Receive your registration confirmation and admission ticket either online or via snail mail.
  • Step 3: Prepare Prepare for the test well in advance by studying, reviewing, and taking practice tests that can be found online.
  • TIP: There are many books available at your local library or bookstore that will assist you in preparing. Ask a librarian or bookseller for assistance in finding them.
  • Step 4: Bring supplies on your test day Bring your SAT admissions ticket, a photo ID, two no. 2 pencils, and a calculator.
  • Step 5: Take the test with confidence Be confident and relaxed when taking the test. The payoff could be entrance to the college of your dreams.
  • FACT: The average SAT scores in America are 501 in Critical Reading, 515 in Mathematics, and 493 in Writing.
  • Step 6: Arrive on time or early Arrive to the test center on time or early. Your confirmation will affirm your test time

You Will Need

  • A computer with internet access
  • A registration form
  • Practice tests
  • A photo ID
  • 2 #2 pencils
  • A calculator
  • Punctuality
  • Confidence
  • A library or bookstore (optional)
  • An SAT registration book (optional)
  • SAT resource books (optional)

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