SAT Test

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions decisions in the United States. To ease the students' college enrollment process the International School of Turin is an official test center for the College Board SAT Exams.

Intensive Course for SAT Test offered by IST

The International School of Turin, in addition to being an official exam administration center SAT of the College Board of the USA, now offers everyone an intensive preparatory course for the exam.

  • SAT exam date: March 14
  • 24 hours of an intensive preparatory course 
  • 4 hours every Saturday (25/01 - 01/02 - 08/02 - 15/02 - 22/02 - 07/03)
  • Deadline to register: January 23rd
  • The course will start with a minimum of 5 participants and will be confirmed on January 24th


* Day 1 (09/11)

Mock Test in Reading and Writing + Reading (09.00 to 12.00)

Mock Test in Math + Additional Topics in Math (13.00 to 16.00)

* Day 2 (16/11)

Writing: Passages (09.00 to 12.00)

Heart of Algebra (13.00 to 16.00)

* Day 3 (23/11)

Writing: Grammar (09.00 to 12.00)

Problem Solving and Data Analysis (13.00 to 16.00)

*Day 4 (30/11)

Writing: Grammar (09.00 to 12.00)

Passport to Advanced Mathematics (13.00 to 16.00)


  • Cost 

Reading and Writing course (12 hours) in the mornings: €300

Mathematics course (12 hours) in the afternoons: €300

Both courses (24 hours): €550

*Students should provide their own lunch. 


  • Deadline to register: November 7th
  • The course will start with a minimum of 5 participants and will be confirmed on November 8th

All classes will be held at the International School of Turin (IST) in Strada Pecetto 34, Chieri TO.



  • What is the SAT?

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States, Canada, and in some universities in Europe.

The SAT is intended to measure literacy, numeracy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in college. It assesses how well you analyze and solve problems – skills you have learned in school and that you will need in college. The test is administered under a tight time limit (speeded) to help produce a range of scores.


  • Structure of the Test:

The SAT has four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Mathematics (no calculator), and Mathematics (calculator allowed). You may optionally write an essay which, in that case, is the fifth test section. The total time for the scored portion of the SAT is three hours (or three hours and fifty minutes if the optional essay section is taken).

Two section scores result from taking the SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics. Section scores are reported on a scale of 200 to 800, and each section score is a multiple of ten. A total score for the SAT is calculated by adding the two section scores, resulting in total scores that range from 400 to 1600. There is no penalty for guessing on the SAT: scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. In addition to the two section scores, three “test” scores on a scale of 10 to 40 are reported, one for each of Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics. The essay, if taken, is scored separately from the two section scores.


  • Reading Section:

The Reading Test of the SAT is made up of one section with 52 questions and a time limit of 65 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice and based on reading passages. Tables, graphs, and charts may accompany some passages, but no mathematics is required to correctly answer the corresponding questions. There are five passages (up to two of which may be a pair of smaller passages) on the Reading Test and 10-11 questions per passage or passage pair. SAT Reading passages draw from three main fields: history, social studies, and science. Each SAT Reading Test always includes one passage from U.S. or world literature; one passage from either a U.S. founding document or a related text; one passage about economics, psychology, sociology, or another social science; and, two science passages. Answers to all of the questions are based only on the content stated in or implied by the passage or passage pair.


  • Writing and Language Section:

The Writing and Language Test of the SAT is made up of one section with 44 multiple-choice questions and a time limit of 35 minutes. As with the Reading Test, all questions are based on reading passages which may be accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts. You will be asked to read the passages, find mistakes or weaknesses in writing, and to suggest corrections or improvements. Reading passages on this test range in content from topic arguments to nonfiction narratives in a variety of subjects. The skills being evaluated include: increasing the clarity of argument; improving word choice; improving analysis of topics in social studies and science; changing a sentence or word structure to increase organizational quality and impact of writing; and, fixing or improving sentence structure, word usage, and punctuation.


  • Mathematics Sections:

The mathematics portion of the SAT is divided into two sections: Mathematics Test with calculator and Mathematics Test without a Calculator. In total, the SAT math test is 80 minutes long and includes 58 questions: 45 multiple choice questions and 13 grid-in questions. The multiple-choice questions have four possible answers; the grid-in questions are free-response and require you to provide an answer.

The Math Test – No Calculator section has 20 questions (15 multiple choice and 5 grid-in) and lasts 25 minutes.

The Math Test – Calculator section has 38 questions (30 multiple choice and 8 grid-in) and lasts 55 minutes.

Several scores are provided to you for the mathematics test. A subscore (on a scale of 1 to 15) is reported for each of three categories of mathematics content: “Heart of Algebra” (linear equations, systems of linear equations, and linear functions), “Problem Solving and Data Analysis” (statistics, modeling, and problem-solving skills), and “Passport to Advanced Mathematics” (non-linear expressions, radicals, exponentials and other topics that form the basis of more advanced mathematics). A test score for the mathematics test is reported on a scale of 10 to 40, and a section score (equal to the test score multiplied by 20) is reported on a scale of 200 to 800. 


  • Calculator use:

All scientific and most graphing calculators, including Computer Algebra System (CAS) calculators, are permitted on the SAT Math – Calculator section only. All four-function calculators are allowed as well; however, these devices are not recommended. All mobile phone and smartphone calculators, calculators with typewriter-like (QWERTY) keyboards, laptops and other portable computers, and calculators capable of accessing the Internet are not permitted.


  • Style of questions:

Most of the questions on the SAT, except for the optional essay and the grid-in math responses, are multiple choice; all multiple-choice questions have four answer choices, one of which is correct. Thirteen of the questions on the mathematics portion of the SAT (about 22% of all the mathematics questions) are not multiple choice. They instead require you to bubble in a number in a four-column grid.

All questions on each section of the SAT are weighted equally. For each correct answer, one raw point is added. No points are deducted for incorrect answers. The final score is derived from the raw score; the precise conversion chart varies between test administrations.

The SAT is offered outside of the USA four times a year: in October, December, March, and May. Please check with your test administrator for the exact dates. Registration must be completed online by the candidate for at least one month prior to the test day. You can choose to take the test in most major Italian cities. For registration, please visit



SAT Test Registration Information

Registration must be completed online at:

The IST Test Center Number is 58360.

International Registration Deadlines Academic Year 2018-2019 (for the dates offered at IST):

December 7, 2019 (SAT&SAT Subject)
November 7, 2019 Registration Deadline
November 25, 2019 Last registration Deadline
March 14, 2020 (SAT&SAT Subject)
February 13, 2020 Registration Deadline
February 24, 2020 Late Registration Deadline
May 2, 2020 (SAT&SAT Subject)
April 2, 2020 Registration Deadline
April 20, 2020 Late Registration Deadline
June 6, 2020 (SAT&SAT Subject)
May 6, 2020 Registration Deadline
May 23, 2020 Late Registration Deadline