SAT and College Success

Students who take the SAT demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas that current research tells us are most critical for college readiness and success. The SAT continues to play a vital role in a holistic admission process, and it allows students to be seen by colleges and scholarships.

The SAT is a valuable part of the college admissions process because it's a strong predictor of college success. When viewed within the context of where a student lives and learns, test scores can help confirm a student’s grades or can even show their strengths beyond what their high school grades show.

The SAT allows every student—regardless of where they go to high school—to access opportunities that will shape their lives and careers.

Using SAT Scores

SAT scores can also be used in a variety of ways to support student success, and colleges are increasingly asking students to submit test scores at the point of enrollment. Scores can be used for:

  • Placing students in appropriate courses, especially in math and English where a strong foundation is essential for success in college-level coursework.
  • Awarding scholarships, which can help ensure that students who are academically qualified have access to the resources they need to succeed.
  • Early identification of students who may need additional academic support once enrolled to increase student persistence and graduation.