The SAT exam is an admissions test used by many colleges and universities to assess a potential student’s academic strengths and readiness for college. The SAT Test serves a similar purpose as the ACT Test. Standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT are used in the admissions process along with other factors such as high school grades, class rank, community service, recommendations and extracurricular activities. The intent of the SAT is to measure a student’s capabilities in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics. SAT Test Scores range from 200 to 800 for each of the sections, for a total potential score of 2400. Students typically take the test in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year. There are seven SAT Test Dates for the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories.