The SAT is a test that assesses student reasoning based on knowledge and skills students develop in school coursework.  Many colleges use test scores as a part of the college application process.

    Students may take the SAT with or without an essay portion. The test will include reading, writing & language, math, and an optional essay component.  We encourage students to take the test with the essay section as we anticipate that most colleges will prefer this option.  The score scale for the test will be 400-1600 points.  The total testing time is 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay section.  Students from low-income families may receive fee waivers from their counselors through the registration website at

    Students MUST register online at When registering, you will need to know that our high school code is 334-325, and our test center code is 33-738.  Pay attention to the registration dates to avoid a late registration fee.  Students who receive special accommodations for testing should speak to their counselors before registering. 


    Some highly selective colleges also require students to take two or three SAT Subject tests.  These are each one-hour tests, so students may take up to three subject tests on a single test date.  Since these tests assess knowledge in specific subjects, it is best to take them near the conclusion of the class in that subject.  Please check the web-sites of the colleges in which you are interested to see if you need any subject tests.  Your counselor can assist you.

    It is important to become familiar with the test format before taking a test.  At, a variety of resources are available. If more extensive test preparation is desired, a course is offered through Orchard Park Community Education each spring. Information about other test preparation courses may be obtained in house offices.  A Study Guide and an online course may also be purchased at

    *OPHS is typically an SAT test center for the November and May SAT administrations.  Please check for test center updates and cancellations.