The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.

The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college. It is designed to not be aligned to high school curriculum.

The current SAT, introduced in 2016, takes 3 hours to finish plus 50 minutes for the SAT with essay, and as of 2014 costs US$52.50 (up to US$101.5 outside of the United States), excluding late fees. Possible scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: Mathematics and Critical reading and Writing. Taking the SAT or its competitor, the ACT, is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, universities in the United States.

On March 5, 2014, the College Board announced that a redesigned version of the SAT would be administered for the first time in 2016. The exam reverted to the 1600-point scale, the essay was made optional, and students now have 3 hours to take the exam plus 50 additional minutes to complete the essay.

University in USA That Require SAT

  1. Boston University

Accelerated medical and dental programs require Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math 2. A Subject Test in a foreign language is also recommended for these programs.

  1. California Institute of Technology

Requires Specific Tests: SAT Subject Test Math Level 2, and one SAT Subject Test in Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics.

  1. Columbia University

SAT + 2 SAT Subject Tests Required, OR ACT with Writing
Students who choose to take the ACT may submit Subject Test scores for consideration if they wish. Students may take any 2 Subject Tests for Columbia College; for Columbia Engineering, students must take a) either Math 1 or Math 2; and b) one of the following: Biology, Physics or Chemistry.

  1. Cornell University

0, 1, or 2 Subject Tests depending on the college.

  1. Duke University

SAT + 2 SAT Subject Tests Required, OR ACT with Writing

  1. John Hopkins University

2 SAT Subject Tests. For engineering applicants, one test should be Math Level 2 and the other a science test.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2 SAT Subject Tests are Required, in addition to the SAT/ACT.
Specific tests required: Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and a science. “We do not have a preference as to which” science and math that you choose.

  1. McGill University

SAT + 2 SAT Subject Tests Required for Most Programs, OR ACT with Writing.

  1. Rice University

SAT + 2 SAT Subject Tests Required, OR ACT with Writing.

  1. Stanford University

SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage. Because SAT Subject Tests are optional, applicants may use Score Choice to selectively send their SAT Subject Test scores.

  1. University of California, Berkeley

College of Chemistry and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and a science related to the applicants intended major.

  1. University of California, Los Angeles

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recommends Math Level 2 and a science test related to the applicant’s intended major.

  1. University of Chicago

If you have done exceptionally well on a particular subject test and would like to show us, feel free to send us that score.

  1. University of Pennsylvania

SAT + 2 SAT Subject Tests Required, OR ACT with Writing
Applicants to Penn Engineering are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 and Physics Subject Tests. Applicants to The Wharton School are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2. Applicants to the School of Nursing are strongly encouraged to take a Science Subject Test, preferably Chemistry.

  1. Yale University

SAT + 2 SAT Subject Tests Required, OR ACT with Writing.