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SAT is an acronym for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is required for admission into undergraduate programmes in tertiary institutions in the United States of America. It tests your readiness or preparedness for college/university.

This exam is divided into two parts: the SAT Reasoning and SAT II.

The SAT Reasoning is the more general version of the two tests. As the name suggests, this test assesses the reasoning level of test takers, that is aptitude and logic, basically. You’ll need all the ideas and concepts you acquired during your years in high school with a bit of logic and simple reasoning.

The SAT II is more like your traditional United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), where particular subjects are tested depending on the university you’re applying to as it demands. That is, the university will usually demand scores for certain subjects depending on the course you apply for and these are the subjects you select and write for in your SAT II. You are usually permitted to pick a minimum of one and a maximum of three subjects.

Which body administers SAT?

The test is owned by the College Board, however, it is administered on its behalf by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

In Nigeria, there is an international representative which handles the SAT on the behalf of these organizations, called the Global Integrated Education Volunteers Association (GIEVA). This organisation has offices in Lagos, and Abuja, and also in the USA.

Who should write?

If you’re a high school/secondary school graduate seeking admission into a tertiary institution in the United States, you’d need to take the SAT.

How can I register for the SAT?

Forms are gotten at the GIEVA offices, and also at various test centres across the country (check below for the list), and they are given to you for free! After the form is filled, then you pay the exam fee into any Guaranty Trust Bank nationwide. The form usually contains the bank details, but if it doesn’t, simply ask the person you collected the form from.

After filling the form and making the payment, be sure to return the bank teller and completed form to the office of collection before the deadline of your test.

How much does registration cost?

Currently, the SAT fees without the optional essay amounts to $46, which is about N16, 560 in Nigerian currency. However, if you’re writing the optional essay, that will be $60 or N21, 600 in Nigerian currency.

These values, however, vary with prevailing dollar exchange rates. Also, the organisation selling the form to you will add a token for administrative fees, hence, the total fee for the exam will be higher than what we have above.

How is it graded?

The SAT has been redesigned, and now, the highest composite score is 1600 (800 + 800) with an average score being 1000. The two main sections of the test: reading/writing and math are scored over 800 each and added up to give your total score.  

What score guarantees scholarship?

There’s no particular score that guarantees a scholarship. But what happens is that most schools offer two kinds of scholarships: need-based and merit-based.

For the merit-based, a high SAT score will help (look at 1400 at least) but that’s all. It only helps, not a guarantee. Other personal achievements like your GPA, activities in school, recommendations, and personal interviews also affect whether or not you’ll land a scholarship.

Which schools admit with SAT?

American colleges and universities would require an SAT score to admit.

Which courses can one study with SAT?

You can study any undergraduate programme with your SAT.

What's the best way to prepare for an SAT?

Know all about the SAT. Study with good prep materials. Take classes. See also our article on how to get a perfect SAT score.

What are the test dates for the SAT this year?

Visit the College Board for the test dates.

What if I miss my test date due to illness?

You may reschedule your test if you missed the first one due to an illness or lateness or whatever issue. But please be informed that this will incur additional costs but no refund whatsoever will be made.

What if my name is omitted on the exam list?

Try and get across to the GIEVA office a day or two before the test if you haven’t gotten your admission ticket by then. GIEVA will give you your registration number.

Are there accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to take the SAT?

Yes, there are. However, you must begin processing on time as approval might take as long as 7 weeks. Make sure you check the test dates and deadlines and plan way ahead of time if you would be needing accommodations of any sort.

Some of the available accommodations for those with disabilities include extended breaks, test books in large type, test books in Braille, extended test time, and the likes. But then again, these accommodations must be applied for as test scores will be canceled if they are used without the approval of College Board.

Please check out the SSD calendar for dates, deadlines, and other additional information you might require on this issue.

Are there age limits for writing the SAT?

Not exactly but if you are 12 years or below, you’d need to register by mail due to internet privacy laws.

Now if you’re 21 or older, on the other hand, you’ll need to bring an official photo ID issued by the government that bears an easily recognizable photo of you. Any other form of ID besides a government-issued photo ID will not be accepted. Also, the names on both your admission ticket and your ID must match.

Which centres provide tutelage for SAT?

While we have compiled a comprehensive list of test prep centres for the SAT exam, we will advise you to note the ones we have verified. Those are the ones we have visited and hence can vouch for. Click the ‘Contact this Centre’ link to get in touch with any of the prep centres.

What are the best books for SAT?

It’s always advisable to prepare with the official SAT guide from the test makers themselves but while they offer authentic questions, they might not be very explanatory. Hence, it’s always best to get something else to augment. You can check out our expert reviews for the best SAT prep books which will match your level of preparedness and overall academic ability. Also make sure you devote sufficient time to practice.

How many testing centres are there in Nigeria and where are they?

There are 14 test centres in Nigeria

Lagos: Dansol High School, 13/15 Acme Crescent off Acme Road, Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos: Holy Child College, Southwest, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos: International School, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.

Ibadan: American Christian Academy, 2-6 Shell Close, Onireke, Ibadan.

Aba: Dority International Secondary School, 19-21, Umodu Avenue (Abayi), Abia.

Enugu: Government Technical College, Abakiliki Road, Enugu.

Anambra: Grundtvig International Secondary School, Km 11, Onitsha-Owerri Expressway, Oba, Anambra.

Jos: Hillcrest School Middle School Bldg, Plateau.

Port Harcourt: Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary, Km 4, East-West Road, Rumuome, Port Harcourt.

Benin City: Mikon Institute of IMFI Technology, 34a Boundary Road, GRA, Benin City.

Abuja: Model Secondary School, 61 Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

Kaduna: Nigerian Turkish International School, Zaria-Kaduna Expressway, Kaduna.

Osun: Olashore International School, Oba Oladele Olashore way, Osun.

Kwara: Sapati International School, Ajase-ipo Road, Kwara.

Please note that some of these test centres are closed centres. That is, they only admit their own students for the exam, and do not permit external candidates.

PS: There are some other things you need to know about this test

  • Please do not take any kind of gadget along with you to the hall. Whether it’s your phone, your iPod, laptop, or stuff like that. Kindly leave them at home, or you could leave them with your parents or any other person with whom you came to the test centre.
  • Also, math set, coloured pens, highlighters, papers of any kind, dictionaries or books and the likes are not allowed into the hall.
  • You should come along with your admission ticket, your international passport, two pencils with erasers, and an approved calculator.
  • You may also come with a watch (not something that makes any form of noise), and a bag.
  • You won’t be allowed to bring food into the hall. During breaks though, you can take a snack or eat whatever else you want.
  • Remember, that especially in Nigeria, the only valid form of ID is your international passport and you must come along with it, else you might not be allowed to sit for it.
  • Finally, you will be allowed a 15-minute break which we suggest you use, so that you can get a brief reprieve before continuing with the remaining sections of the test.