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SAT Test Dates

The SAT (formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized college admissions test that is widely used in the United States.  It is comprised of three major sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. The writing portion involves an essay, as well as a multiple-choice section on editing and grammar.
In addition to the general test, the SAT offers optional subject tests in English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Languages that require more specific knowledge; however, colleges typically look at these subject tests as supplemental to the general test.  The following table provides the upcoming SAT test dates, as well as availability of subject tests:

SAT Test Date
Registration Date
Late Registration
SAT Subject Tests

October 5, 2013

November 2, 2013

December 7, 2013

January 25, 2014

March 8, 2014

May 3, 2014

June 7, 2014

September 6

October 3

November 8

December 27

February 7

April 4

May 9

September 20

October 18

November 22

January 10

February 21

April 18

May 23

Available

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

Available

Available

Math Practice Quizzes

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Averages & Rounding
Basic Operations
Exponents
Fractions
Geometry
Interpreting Graphs
Measurements
Percents and Ratios
Quantity Comparison
Sequences
Word Problems

Scores become available two to three weeks after test day, so be sure to take the test well in advance of application due dates for college admission. 

The SAT is produced by the College Board, which is a not-for-profit organization. Registration may be completed in any of the following ways:

  • By Phone: main line - (866) 756-7346; services for students with disabilities - (609) 771-7137
  • By Mail:  College Board SAT Program, P.O. Box 025505,Miami, FL 33102,
  • Online:  College Board Website.

The cost of the test can be found here, and, if you are experiencing financial difficulties, College Board does offer a Fee Waiver.

 

SAT Critical Reading Practice Questions

Answer the questions after reading the following two passages:

Passage 1: Ever since Henry Ford created the Model T and established the first assembly line, the love affair between Americans and the automobile has been unparalleled. From coast to coast, from driveway to highway, it seems that almost everyone in the country takes to the roads on weekends to “see the USA,” as the old advertising jingle once intoned. People climb into sedans and coupes, trucks and SUVs, as individuals, couples, and whole families go off on sightseeing excursions, or to visit friends and family. This romance with the car has led to the development of a great industry, produced great technical advances, and has been responsible for the creation of the world’s greatest highway system. The interstate highways, built during the Eisenhower administration, now link our cities and manufacturing centers, providing America with a great economic advantage. Although automobiles are found in every other country as well, America’s relation to the car is truly unique.

Passage 2: Los Angeles provides us with a great example of how the automobile has undermined the development of public transportation in the USA. The Los Angeles basin is spread out over a wide area completely paved and cut by a grid of streets and avenues, and today it is crisscrossed by freeways that run in every possible direction. It is said that in order to sell more cars and fuel, the automobile and oil industries actively sought to suppress the development of public transportation, such as trams and light rail in the mid twentieth century. The number of cars in the basin went up five-fold from 1950 to 1990, while the population tripled and mass transit languished. The result is that today the roads are constantly clogged with too many cars, most of them occupied by only the driver. With fuel prices soaring, the cost of commuting to work and of routine business operations, such as shipping and deliveries, is out of control. Ringed by mountains that trap exhaust emissions, the basin is often the site of some of the world’s worst air pollution. The driver’s eyes may be assaulted by garish billboards, but the beautiful, far-off mountains remain hidden behind the smog.

1. The purpose of Passage 1 is to

  1. Compare two hypotheses
  2. Resolve a controversy
  3. Refute the thesis of Passage 2
  4. Describe a social phenomenon
  5. Support a ruling

2. The purpose of Passage 2 is to

  1. Refute a hypothesis
  2. Analyze a social problem
  3. Support a hypothesis
  4. Compare two trends
  5. Assign blame for a problem

3. The word "languish" on Line 23 indicates that mass transit in Los Angeles

  1. Wasn't used much
  2. Grew more slowly than elsewhere
  3. Was a slow way to travel
  4. Was inconvenient
  5. Grew more slowly than it should have

4. The author of Passage 1

  1. Fully discusses the impact of the automobile
  2. Is an apologist for the automobile culture
  3. Likes to visit friends in his car
  4. Voted for Eisenhower
  5. Drives on interstate highways

5. These two passages have in common that they

  1. Examine only one side of an issue
  2. Compare various aspects of the impact of automobiles
  3. They carefully analyze the impact of cars
  4. Suggest ways of dealing with cars
  5. Compare cars to mass transit

SAT Mathematics Practice Questions

1. If 10x+2=7 , what is the value of 2x?

  1. 0.5
  2. -0.5
  3. 1
  4. 5
  5. 10

2. A long distance runner does a first lap around a track in exactly 50 seconds. As she tires, each subsequent lap takes 20% longer than the previous one. How long does she take to run 3 laps?

  1. 180 seconds
  2. 182 seconds
  3. 160 seconds
  4. 72 seconds
  5. 150 seconds

3. A number N is multiplied by 3. The result is the same as when N is divided by 3. What is the value of N?

  1. 1
  2. 0
  3. -1
  4. 3
  5. -3

4.The letter H exhibits symmetry with respect to a horizontal axis, as shown in the figure, as everything below the dashed line is a mirror image of everything above it. Which of the following letters does NOT exhibit horizontal symmetry?

  1. C
  2. D
  3. E
  4. I
  5. Z

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Last Updated: 12/06/2013

 

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