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The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized, multiple-choice test used for university/college admissions in the U.S. It’s run by the College Board and was first administered in 1926. Nowadays, more than two million students take it annually.

The test is split into four main sections: Evidence-Based Reading, Evidence-Based Writing and Language, Maths (with a calculator) and Maths (without a calculator). You will have:

  • 65 mins to answer 52 questions in the Evidence-Based Reading section; this means reading a section and answering questions on it
  • 35 mins to answer 44 questions in the Evidence-Based Writing and Language section
  • 55 mins to answer 38 questions in the Maths (with a calculator) section and…
  • 25 mins to answer 20 questions in the Maths (without a calculator) section

This means that, overall, the test will have 154 questions and will take approximately three hours to complete. You can get a score between 400-1600 on the SAT, with a score of 1200 being considered above average. The higher you score, the more options will be available to you. It takes about two weeks for you to receive your SAT results. You can also take the SAT an unlimited amount of times.

Why is the SAT Necessary? 

Pretty much all of the universities/colleges in the U.S. will require you to take the SAT for admission. This is because it is a great way for them to find out how prepared you are for the academic side of university/college life. Your SAT score can account for 50% of the admission decision too. Taking the test is therefore a necessary part in the process of getting a soccer scholarship to play in the U.S.

How do you take the SAT?

To take the SAT, you first have to register online on the College Board website and then select an International date. There are usually 4-6 International test dates scattered throughout the year. Below are some key dates for when you can register to take the SAT this year:

  • Test Date: 4th May 2019
    • Registration Deadline: 5th April 2019
  • Test Date: 5th October 2019*
    • Registration Deadline: 6th September 2019*
  • Test Date: 7th December 2019*
    • Registration Deadline: 1st November 2019*

(* = not yet confirmed, based on previous years)

As you can see, there are a limited amount of dates to take the SAT. Preparing for the SAT also takes a lot of hard work and determination combined with knowing exactly what to study. Lastly, getting a good score is critical for getting into the best universities/colleges. If you take into account all these factors, you can see how it would be difficult to get a good SAT score by yourself. 


SIDE NOTE: The NCAA and NAIA have different SAT requirements. For example, NCAA Division I schools use a sliding scale for their requirements, meaning if you have amazing A-Levels you can score less on the SAT. To be safe, a minimum score of 860 on the SAT would be needed to apply to an NCAA or NAIA university/college.   


How can soccer assist help me with the sat? 

Getting a good score sounds tricky, right? Not with Soccer Assist. As a Soccer Assist athlete, you would be provided with quality revision guides – like our SAT preparation pack and online revision materials – so you can get the best score on the SAT. We would also advise you to take the test 12-24 months in advance of a scholarship offer to attain the highest score possible. The average Soccer Assist client gets a score of 1150 on the SAT, so you know we’re doing something right.

Doing all this will bring you one step closer to achieving your dreams of playing soccer in the U.S. on a soccer scholarship.

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