Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

  1. I know about the Residual ACT that Lipscomb gives to students who will be going there. Do you also give a Residual SAT?
  2. Which test should I take: the ACT or SAT?
  3. How much does the SAT cost?

What is the SAT?

The SAT (Standardized Aptitude Test) is a nationally recognized test that is meant to help serve as a measure of your reasoning skills.

What should I expect to see on the test?

The standard test is broken into 2 broad sections:

  • Verbal (includes analogies, sentence completion, using vocabulary in the proper context, literal comprehension, and extended reasoning). The Verbal section is made up of 3 parts:
    • a 78 question section that takes 35 minutes
    • two 30 minute sections
    • one 15 minute section
  • Mathematics (includes basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis/statistics/probability). The Mathematics section is made up of 2 parts:
    • a 60-question section that takes 75 minutes
    • two 30 minute sections
    • one 15 minute section

There is also one 30 minute section on the test (Verbal or Math) that is used to help make sure scores on newer SAT tests are comparable with scores on earlier versions of the test, and it will also test questions that will be used on future versions of the tests. This section will NOT affect your overall scores on the SAT.

Can I use a calculator on the SAT?

Yes, you are permitted to use a calculator on math portion of the SAT, although it is not required. (All of the math sections can be completed without the use of a calculator.)

How often can I take the SAT?

The test can be taken as many times as you choose. There is, however, a day waiting period between each test.

When should I first take the SAT?

By the time you’re a junior, your high school has probably already had you take a P-SAT (Pre-SAT). Many students first take the SAT during their junior year of high school. Some wait until their senior year to take it so that they’ve got more knowledge from high school to pull from.

What are the national test dates for SAT at Lipscomb's campus?

  • October 7, 2017
  • November 4, 2017
  • December 2, 2017
  • March 10, 2018

If you need to see registration deadlines for a particular date, check the SAT website.

How do I register to take the test?

The easiest way is to register online through the SAT website.

Does Lipscomb give the SAT on campus? I live nearby. Can I take it on your campus?

Lipscomb administers the SAT on all of the national testing dates. If you do live in/around Nashville, you do have the option of listing Lipscomb University as one of your choices as to where to take the test. You may want to first check to find out if your high school gives the test on their campus; if they do, you probably want to list it as your first choice of locations since it's a familiar, more comfortable environment to you. 

I know about the Residual ACT that Lipscomb gives to students who will be going there. Do you also give a Residual SAT?

Lipscomb does not offer a Residual SAT.

Which test should I take: the ACT or SAT?

There has been a lot of discussion and research done to try and determine which of the two is the better test. Quite honestly, each test has it’s own pros and cons. Depending on your own personal situation, you may want to consider taking each of the tests.

Two things to keep in mind as you’re trying to decide:

  1. Find out which of the two tests is required at the colleges / universities at which you plan to apply. Typically this will be stated in the admission information that you receive in the mail. If not, look through their website or contact their admissions office. (Currently, Lipscomb accepts scores for either the ACT or SAT.)
  2. Find out if your high school requires one test over the other. If there is any doubt in your mind, check with your guidance counselor.

How much does the SAT cost?

The basic cost  includes the test itself and your scores being sent to four colleges / universities of your choice. The SAT site has complete information on testing costs and information if you’d like to see a list of other possible fees (including the cost of sending the scores to additional schools).

Much of the information found here is similar to what is on the official website for SAT. If you’d like to learn more, visit the Collegeboard site.