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About SAT & UofSC

We have the answers to your questions about the new redesigned SAT including the new structure, types of questions you'll see on the exam as well as the costs and when to take the exam. Applying to college is the next logical step and we have many resources to help you begin the process.  

Common Questions about the SAT

What is the SAT?

The new redesigned SAT exam measures the skills and knowledge students learn in school incluiding reading, writing, and math. It doesn't test logic or abstract reasoning but what you need to succeed in college.

The exam is a paper based test that consists of three (35-80 minute) sections of multiple-choice questions in Evidence Based Reading and Writing, mathematics, and an optional essay writing section. Visit their official SAT website for more information.

When is the SAT exam offered?

The SAT exam is administered between September and June each year. Upcoming test dates are May 7, June 4, October 1, November 5, and December 3, 2016.

Who should take the SAT?

The SAT is recommended and required by many 2-year and 4-year colleges, universities, and technical schools. It is accepted by all US colleges. Check with the colleges you are interested in attending and ask them for the average test score. Any current high school junior or senior or high school/GED graduate who is considering enrolling in college should take the SAT exam.  

What sections are covered on the test?

The test consists of 154 questions (155 if you include the essay) and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section:

  • Reading Test - 52 questions for 65 minutes
  • Writing and Language Test - 44 questions for 35 minutes

Mathematics Section:

  • 58 questions for 80 minutes

Optional Writing Essay:

  • 1 question for 50 minutes

How much does it cost?

The fee for the test is $54.50 with the optional writing test and $43.00 without the writing essay. Please note that the price changes frequently. Late registration and to change your test date costs between $15-$28.

Fee waivers are available. Check with your high school guidance counselor for more information.

Visit the official SAT website for cancellation and other fees.

How is the SAT scored?

The total score is the sum of two sections on a range of 400-1600 and the essay is scored on a scale of 2-8. Each subtest is scored. There is no penalty for guessing and your raw score is the number of questions answered correctly. This score is converted on the 200-800 scale called equating. The final or composite score is the average of the scores learned on each of the subtests.

What is a good score?

A good score depends on the college you are interested in attending and their requirements. Each college is different and you should check with them to determine their average scores.

How do I contact the SAT?

You can contact SAT at 888-SAT-HELP or visit their SAT website.

Can I retake the SAT?

Yes, you can take the SAT multiple times. It is recommended that students take it twice, once as a junior and again as a senior. You are allowed to send your scores for free to four colleges. The College Board will send your score to your high school and to the colleges you select. There is a fee to send your score to more than four institutions or to modify your original selection.

Can I take a practice test?

Yes, practice tests and materials are available free on the SAT website. 

How do I register for the SAT?

Register online for the exam via the SAT website.  

How do I arrange for special accommodations?

SAT makes arrangements for test takers that need special accommodations. However, you must submit an Accommodations Request Form. Visit the SAT website for information about requesting accommodations and special testing centers.

You may reach them by phone:  212-713-8333, website or by email at ssd@info.collegeboard.org. 

What were the SAT and ACT average scores and GPA for the admitted Class of 2016 at the University of South Carolina-Columbia?

USC-Columbia Statistics:

Fall 2016-

Applied: 25,054
Enrolled: 5,036

Overrall:
GPA (high school average): 3.99
SAT mid-range: 1130-1280
ACT mid-range: 25-30 

SC Honors College:
Enrolled: 500
GPA (high school average): 4.65
SAT mid-range: 1400–1480
ACT mid-range: 31–33

Capstone Scholars:
Enrolled: 962
GPA (high school average): 4.40
SAT mid-range: 1280-1350
ACT mid-range: 28-31

For more information, please visit USC Undergraduate Admissions

 

UofSC Resources

If you are considering applying to the University of South Carolina, we offer a wide range of bachelor degree programs. Here are resources you need to help make your decision.

 

Preparing for the SAT is a great first step towards college.  If at any time you have questions or need more information, you can ask an expert.