Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019

Preparing students who are College and Career Ready is an important responsibility of Greenville County Schools and the State of South Carolina. The SAT® college entrance test will be administered to 11th grade and other identified students who selected to participate in this testing program on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Your student’s SAT test score will provide you with information about his/her progress toward college readiness. The SAT is widely used by colleges in making decisions about admission. Students who take SAT in compliance with College Boards’ requirements will receive a SAT score that can be used for college enrollment, scholarships, and NCAA eligibility requirements.

The SAT test consists of three multiple-choice timed tests in reading, writing and language, and math, as well as a writing test, which consists of an essay.


Subject Time


65 min.

Writing and Language

35 min.

Math-No Calculator

25 min.

Math-With Calculator

55 min.

SAT Essay

50 min.

SAT does allow students to access an SAT-approved calculator during the mathematics calculation portion of the test only.

Review allowable calculators for this assessment

Testing Tips

Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions. 

Students should:

  • Rest on the nights before these tests. 
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
  • Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Bring at least two #2 pencils to school.  Pencils are required for marking test answer documents.
  • Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do.
  • Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Mark his/her best answer.
  • Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

Parents should:

  • Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress.
  • Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.

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