The SAT helps students to navigate their path through high school toward college and career, and offers a range of unique benefits to students.
The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges, and the College Board has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education. Your SAT score reveals whether your GPA and transcript are accurate representations of your academic ability. If you have a 4.0 GPA with a perfect 1600 SAT score, admissions officers will likely be impressed and think your GPA is reflective of your academic potential. If you have a 4.0 GPA with 1000 SAT score, admissions officers may think your grades were inflated and that your SAT score is a better representation of your academic potential. The SAT is important to colleges because they use it to judge your academic preparedness for college.