Purpose
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a globally recognized college admission test. It assesses academic readiness for college in the subjects of reading, writing and math.

Students Tested
All District 91 students are required to take either the SAT or the ACT in order to graduate. All students are given the opportunity to take the SAT, thus completing the graduation requirement, free of charge in the spring of their junior year. Students who miss the test date can pay to take the SAT or ACT on a different date to complete the graduation requirement. Students are not required to attain a specific score to graduate.

Structure and Format
The SAT measures performance in reading, writing and math. The reading sections include reading passages and sentence completions. The writing sections include a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. The math sections include questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
The test consists of 10 sections. One 25-minute essay, one 10-minute multiple-choice writing section, two 20-minute sections (reading, writing, and math) and six 25-minute sections (reading, writing and math). The total test time is 3 hours and 45 minutes, which includes 3 short breaks. The SAT has a possible score of 2400 and each college or university sets their own requirements for entrance.

College and Career Readiness Benchmarks
The College Board developed the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark to help secondary school administrators, educators, and policymakers evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and better prepare students for college. The SAT Benchmark score of 1550 is associated with a 65 percent probability of obtaining a first-year GPA of B- or higher, which in turn is associated with a high likelihood of college success. Studies show that students who meet the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark are more likely to enroll in a four-year college, more likely to earn a higher first-year GPA, and more likely to persist beyond the first year of college and complete their degree.

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