SAT

Globally recognised college administration test

SAT

Learning & Testing Services is appointed by Educational Testing Services (ETS) as the SAT Service Provider for SAT® Program Testing in Kenya.

What is SAT?

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of Reading, Writing and Math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms and focuses on what you need to know to be successful in college or university. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

Each year millions of students across the world take the SAT at more than 7,000 testing test centers in more than 180 countries.

The SAT is created, administered and scored by College Board.

Learning & Testing Services (LTS) of East Africa represents College Board in Africa and is the ONLY authorized SAT Service Provider in Kenya. We administer the SAT tests on behalf of College Board.

What does the SAT test?

The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.

  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing.
  • Math – the SAT tests the math that students need no matter what major or career they choose.
  • Essay (Optional) 
  • The SAT tests student’s reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed through their coursework.
  • It measures your ability to analyze and solve problems by applying what you have learned in school.
 
 SAT
Total3 Hours
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Reading (52 Multiple Choice Questions) – 65 Minutes

– Literature/Fiction
– Great Global Conversations
– Science Paired Passage
– Science Passage with Chart or Graph

Writing and Language (44 Multiple Choice Questions) – 35 Minutes

– Careers
– History/Social Studies
– Humanities
– Science

NB: 1-2 Passages will contain a chart/graph
MathSAT Math (Total 58 Questions) – 80 Minutes

Math with Calculator (38 Questions) – 55 Minutes
– Algebra
– Problem Solving & Data Analysis
– Geometry
– Trigonometry
– Other Topics

Math with No Calculator (20 Questions) – 25 Minutes
– Algebra
– Passport to Advanced Math
– Other Topics

NB: Expect to see charts & graphs in this section too!
Essay (Optional)1 Task – 50 Minutes
Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text.
 

Should I take the Essay?

When you register for the SAT, you should consider carefully whether to choose the optional SAT Essay or not.

It’s a good idea to check the policies of the institutions you’re interested in to see if they require the essay for admission.

We recommend taking the essay because it gives you an opportunity to express yourself and showcase your command of English.

Why should I take the SAT?

  • University/College admissions – If you’re applying to college/university, you will most certainly need to submit your SAT scores.
  • In addition to the SAT being a requirement, colleges and universities receive thousands of applications every year. The SAT scores allow them to narrow down the playing field and make decisions on acceptance.
  • This also makes your SAT score extremely important. Colleges/universities receiving over 50,000 applications don’t have the time to read every document, transcript or essay. A low score score may automatically work against you.
  •  Awarding scholarships or financial aid – Some schools guarantee scholarships based on qualifying SAT scores.
  • Students seeking to apply to specialized academic or athletic programs must take the SAT.
  • Freshman course placement decisions – some colleges/universities use the SAT to place students into higher level-courses. Many colleges also exempt students from introductory classes if they have performed well in SAT Subject test exams. 

SAT Subject Tests

Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only US national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests. SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfil basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas:

  1. English (Literature)
  2. History (US or World History)
  3. Mathematics (Level 1 or Level 2)
  4. Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  5. Languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Modern Hebrew) – Reading and Listening

Why should I take SAT Subject Tests?

  • Fulfil university requirements – many colleges/universities require or recommend SAT Subject tests to make admission or placement decisions. Make sure you check the university/college requirements.
  • They help you stand out on university applications and give a more detailed picture of your academic achievements and interests.
  • They give you an additional chance to showcase and highlight your strengths, skills and interests in your best subjects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the Humanities, or Languages and therefore gain an edge in admission.
  • Universities/colleges use your SAT Subject test scores to gain deeper insight into your academic achievement; inform decisions on admission to selective departments or majors; place students in the appropriate course level.

Some colleges specify the SAT Subject tests they require for admission or placement; others allow students to choose which tests to take.

Depending on your score and the college’s policies, your SAT Subject test results may place you out of a beginner class or satisfy a basic requirement.

We always encourage students to consider taking tests in subjects they excel in or are interested in. 

Even if you haven’t chosen your schools yet, you may still want to consider taking an SAT Subject test and then decide later, whether or not to send your scores.

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When can I take the SAT ?

The SAT is now offered 7 times a year – March, May, June, August, *September (2020 ONLY), October, November and December.

Where are the SAT testing centers located in Kenya?

The SAT is a paper-based test. 

You can sit for the test in any of these SAT test centers subject to seat availability.

  1. Brookhouse School – Off Magadi Road, Lang’ata, Nairobi.
  2. West Nairobi School – 18 Miotoni Lane, Karen, Nairobi.
  3. Rift Valley Academy – 1 Hurlburt Road, Kijabe, Nairobi.
  4. Rosslyn Academy – Magnolia Close, Off U.N. AVE, Gigiri, Nairobi.
  5. International School of Kenya – Kirawa Road, End of Peponi Road, Nairobi.
  6. Oshwal Academy – Wambugu Road, Off Limuru Road, Parklands, Nairobi.
  7. Aga Khan Academy – Mbuyuni Road, Kizingo, Likoni, Mombasa.
  8. Eldoret Polytechnic – Kisumu Road, Eldoret.

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