The SAT (officially known as the SAT Reasoning Exam) tests the student in three areas: critical reading, mathematics and writing.


The PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT, is a version of the SAT geared to high school freshmen and sophomores. The PSAT is jointly sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which awards financial aid to a select number of students.


The ACT is an exam composed of four multiple-choice components: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Unlike the SAT, the ACT does not have a mandatory writing section. Most competitive colleges in the East Coast require the SAT. However, certain schools do allow their applicants to substitute the ACT in place of the SAT.


Major Changes to the SAT

As we have mentioned in our newsletters and workshops throughout 2014, the College Board is making major changes to the SAT. As we have done in 2014, Ivy Link will provide on-going updates to our students and parents via our website, newsletters, and workshops. To read the latest update in our series, click here: SAT Changes in 2016

SAT & ACT: The Basics

The staff at Ivy Link breaks down the must-know basics of the SAT and ACT. Click here to view our whitepaper: ACT and SAT basics

SAT Score Choice Policy: Explanations & Case Studies

For students and parents who have never heard of the SAT Score Choice policy or may have just an inkling about it, we provide sample case studies as a primer and to explain some possible strategies for you: Score Choice Policy Explained

SAT & ACT: Score Comparison Chart

Many of our students take both the SAT and ACT. This is a useful chart comparing the scores of the SAT and ACT: ACT and SAT Score Comparison Chart