SAT exam session: December 7, 2019 – SAT? What is that?

On Saturday December 7, 2019, Chester College International School will host an SAT exam session, for Chester College students and external students alike.

Before we move on to tell you a bit about the SAT (what is is, what it is for), since some of our readership could be unfamiliarized with this test, here is a brief fact reminder for students taking the test this Saturday:

  • Arrival @ Chester College: 07:45 AM
  • Test start: 08:00 AM
  • SAT approx. finishing time: 12:00 PM
  • SAT WITH ESSAY approx. finishing time: 13:00
  • What to bring: ID (ID car or Passport), Admission Ticket, 2 HB 2B pencil, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 authorized calculator (see Collegeboard site for details).
  • Optional: snacks for breaks. Chester College will provide coffee, tea and biscuits.

Important note:  Chester College entrance for students is through the Green gate at the end of Rúa Pena da Corga (not through the gate at Travesía de Montouto 2).

So what is the SAT?

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized test that is widely used for college admissions in the United States, intended to assess student´s readiness for college.

Whilst in Spain, there are national University-entrance exam (currently called EBAU, formerly Selectividad), which hand-in-hand with Grade 11 and 12 GPA give each student a score that will allow him or her to access one degree or another, in one or other university, depending ultimately both on the scores required by each educational institution and student demand, in the US each university or college establishes its own admission criteria, and being in possession of an SAT (and ideally, a good SAT with a high score) can be and very often is a deciding factor.

In future blog posts we will focus on other US university admission criteria and we will try to answer questions such as: How do US universities choose their candidates? Or How can I make my student portfolio/profile attractive to my dream university or college?, but in the meantime, let us focus on the SAT.

What does the SAT consist of?

The SAT is composed of 2 parts:  Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Total duration is 3 hours. The SAT WITH ESSAY includes an additional Essay module, which lasts an extra 50 minutes. Throughout the exam there are a number of very short (5-10 min) scheduled breaks, where students can get water and have a small snack.

In order to get comprehensive info on the SAT and what it entails and how to prepare for it, visit College Board´s website at College Board is the private, non-for-profit corporation that manages SAT worldwide.

How do I register?

SAT registrations can be done solely online through College Board’s website. The site allows you to choose where and when to sit the test. Chester College International School will host 2 sessions in the 2019-20 school year, in December and May. The December session is currently full. Places are limited so early booking for May tests is very advisable.  


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