As of 2016, the state of Illinois has been using the SAT as the required college-readiness assessment for high school students. All 11th grade students are required to take the SAT.
The SAT focuses on skills and knowledge that are essential for college readiness and success. The SAT is comprised of two sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing is comprised of two tests, one focused on Reading and one focused on Writing & Language. The Math section is comprised of a single test with two components - a no-calculator portion and a calculator-allowed portion. The SAT also includes an optional Essay. Students who take the state-sponsored test, are required to complete the essay portion.
No registration is necessary for the state-sponsored test. However, students taking the SAT on a national test day through CollegeBoard must register and pay for that test administration.
To learn more about how SAT tests are scored, how to check your scores, and how to send your scores to colleges and universities, you are encouraged to visit: www.collegeboard.org
Students still have the option to take the ACT. Please download the chart below to understand the differences between the ACT and SAT.