The SAT Essay is a lot like writing assignments you’ll see in college. It asks you to read a passage and analyze how the author constructs a persuasive argument. You’ll have 50 minutes to complete your response.
- You aren’t required to take the SAT Essay—it’s optional—but many colleges require or recommend it.
- If you don’t register for the SAT with Essay at first, you can add it later.
- You can use an SAT fee waiver to take the SAT or the SAT with Essay.
Who Should Take the SAT with Essay
You don’t have to take the SAT with Essay, but if you do, you’ll be able to apply to colleges that recommend or require it.
The list below includes our essay policy information for U.S. and international colleges, as well as scholarship providers. If you don’t see a college you’re looking for, or if you want to make sure a college’s essay policy hasn’t changed, contact them directly. Higher education professionals, learn more about setting essay policy for your institution.
SAT Essay Policies of Colleges and Scholarship Providers
Your score report includes detailed information on a variety of scores that will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.
See how you did on each section by looking at your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and your Math score.
Click the View Details button on your dashboard to learn more about section scores and to see your other scores.
If you took the SAT with Essay, scroll to the bottom to see your scores.
College and Career Readiness Benchmarks show whether you’re on track to be ready for college and a career.
PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 score reports include projected score ranges for each section score. They are calculated for the assessment typically taken by students a grade ahead of you. They’re based on a research study of average growth and score gain for students in your grade. You can outperform these projections by taking challenging courses and continuing to work hard.
Areas of Strength and Weakness
Scroll down to look at your test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores to get a detailed analysis of your performance in specific areas. Areas where your skills are strong appear in green. The red and yellow zones are important to focus on because they show where you most need to improve your skills. Learn more about scores and what they mean to you:
SAT Subject Tests
Learn about SAT Subject Tests, which are scored differently.
How to Download Score Reports
- Click the View Details button on your dashboard.
- Click the Download Report button.