All About the SAT Exam

What is the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students in the U.S. take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

When is the SAT given?

The SAT is given throughout the academic year. If you are a current high school senior, be sure to check the CollegeBoard website for the next available registration date.

Where can I take the SAT?

Testing centers are available in both Canada and the U.S. Visit the CollegeBoard website to find the nearest testing center.

Why should I take the SAT?

The SAT exam (or ACT) is required for admission at Niagara University and is used to determine merit scholarship awards, along with your high school GPA. We will take the composite score of the critical reading and math sections only. If you have taken more than one exam, a superscore, or best combination of scores, will be used. Be sure to request an official high school transcript to be sent to our Admissions Office and it will be translated to a GPA equivalent in the United States. Canadian scores typically translate to a higher GPA in the U.S.

How can I sign up for the SAT?

Please register for the exam on the CollegeBoard website. You may also contact Tara Keigley, international admissions advisor, at with any questions.