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low costSAT: $47average costSAT Preparation Classes: $250-$1,400high costSAT Tutoring: $2,000+
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The SAT Reasoning Test is one of the two major entrance exams for U.S. colleges. The SAT's prices are set by The College Board, which administers the exams. The SAT college entrance exam is owned by the College Board and administered by the Educational Testing Service.

Typical costs:

  • The test[1] costs $47.
  • Some colleges require applicants to also take SAT subject tests in fields ranging from literature to physics to foreign language. Each of these tests costs[2] an additional $10, or $21 for language tests.
  • Self-guided test preparation programs are relatively inexpensive ways to prepare for the test. Online preparation[3] on the SAT's official website costs $69.95; the SAT's official test guide[4] costs $21.99. Other SAT guides can cost as little as $9.99.
  • SAT preparation classes, from companies like The Princeton Review[5] and Kaplan[6] , can be more expensive but offer an individualized approach to preparing for the exam. Classes can cost between $250 and $1,400, depending on the provider and the amount of instructional time in the classroom.
  • Individual tutoring can cost more than $100 an hour and generally involves at least 20 hours of tutoring. Kaplan and The Princeton Review are the two leading sources of classes and tutoring. Some community colleges also offer test preparation courses.
  • The Preliminary SAT[7] , which is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a way for sophomores and juniors to prepare for the SAT. It costs $14.
Related articles: AP Test, ACT Test, College

What should be included:
  • The SAT is more extensively based on testing students' critical thinking skills than the ACT, which focuses on what students learned in high school.
  • The $47 test fee includes the basic test, a score report for the high school and distribution of scores to up to four colleges or universities.
  • Test prep classes include at least 18 hours of instruction, classroom-setting mentoring on test-taking strategies and in-class reviews of practice tests. Many classroom programs include score improvement guarantees. SAT test prep classes cost $250 to $1,400.
  • Tutoring includes at least 20 hours of individual guidance on how to improve scores in specific subject areas and more flexibility on scheduling.
Additional costs:
  • Other SAT registration fees include late registration ($24), standby testing ($41), test center or date changes ($24 each) and scores by phone ($13).
  • If applying to more than four colleges, the SAT will send the scores[8] to additional colleges for $10 each.
  • Scores can be rushed electronically for an additional $29.
  • Preparation for SAT Subject Tests involves additional classroom time -- and cost. Tutoring for subject tests can cost up to $2,900.
Discounts:
  • The SAT offers fee waivers[9] for students with financial need. Students should contact their high school counselors for information about fee waivers.
  • Used SAT guides can be found on websites like Powell's Books[10] . Be careful buying a used SAT guide, as the test's questions and its format are revised periodically.
Shopping for the sat:
  • Be careful selecting a time and place to schedule the test, since there is a charge for changing either.
  • Consider online classes and tutoring, which are also offered by some test preparation companies. That can offer some flexibility in scheduling and a more relaxed studying environment.
  • Companies offering ACT test prep include The Princeton Review[11] and Kaplan[12] .
  • Check local community colleges to see if they offer SAT preparation courses.
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External Resources:
  1.  sat.collegeboard.org/register/us-services-fees
  2.  www.actstudent.org/writing/
  3.  sat.collegeboard.org/sat-store
  4.  sat.collegeboard.org/practice/official-sat-study-guide
  5.  www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-test-preparation.aspx
  6.  www.kaptest.com/College/SAT/comparison.html
  7.  www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
  8.  sat.collegeboard.org/register/us-services-fees
  9.  sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-fee-waivers
  10.  www.powells.com/section/reference/test-guides/
  11.  www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-test-preparation.aspx
  12.  www.kaptest.com/College/SAT/comparison.html
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