Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Technical Documents

Below are publications created by the College Board that provide insight into the technical soundness of the assessment.

Redesigned SAT Pilot Predictive Validity StudyPDF link to Redesigned SAT Pilot Predictive Validity Study
This white paper provides preliminary validity evidence on the relationship between SAT scores resulting for the redesigned SAT and important college outcomes. The College Board is in the process of completing a validity study to replicate the findings of this white paper with a large, nationally representative sample. The study will examine students in the entering college class of fall 2017, the first full cohort to be admitted to college with the new SAT. For more information regarding this planned study, please refer to page 152 of the SAT Technical Manual.

SAT Practice Test 8PDF link to SAT Practice Test 8
This practice test is a version of a form that was used for a 2016 SAT test administration. The sample test includes the optional essay, answer key, answer sheet and instructions on how to score the test.

SAT Suite of Assessments Administration Report TemplatePDF link to SAT Suite of Assessments Administration Report Template
This document displays the contents of a typical post-administration Test Analysis Report for the national administration of the SAT. The College Board provides state level administration reports to its state partners. Please refer to evidence #3.3.2 – 3.3.7 for the state specific administration reports.


Excerpt from TAC presentationPDF link to Excerpt from TAC presentation
The College Board presents validity evidence to the Technical Advisory Committees of our state partners. These slides are an excerpt from these presentations and covers information regarding College Board past, current and future validity studies.


Assessment Technical Manual-appendix-pt-1PDF link to Assessment Technical Manual-appendix-pt-1
Tables A-3.1 – A-3.15 in Appendix 3 (pages 11 - 35) provide test content specifications and content domains and descriptions.
Appendix 5 (pages 37 - 65) provides additional detail regarding how statistical indices were computed.
Appendix 6 (pages 66 – 320) provides data to support the psychometric analysis performed by the College Board.
Appendix 7 (pages 321 – 396) displays the results of analyses performed to evaluate the validity of the SAT.

Assessment Technical Manual-appendix-pt-2
PDF link to Assessment Technical Manual-appendix-pt-2
Tables A-3.1 – A-3.15 in Appendix 3 (pages 11 - 35) provide test content specifications and content domains and descriptions.
Appendix 5 (pages 37 - 65) provides additional detail regarding how statistical indices were computed.
Appendix 6 (pages 66 – 320) provides data to support the psychometric analysis performed by the College Board.
Appendix 7 (pages 321 – 396) displays the results of analyses performed to evaluate the validity of the SAT.

An SAT Validity PrimerPDF link to An SAT Validity Primer
This paper provides validity evidence on the relationship between SAT scores and important college outcomes. The evidence provided in this paper is based on a previous version of the SAT. Pages 131 – 135 of the SAT Suite Technical Manual describe how the new version of the SAT correlates with the previous version of the assessment.

SAT Suite of Assessments Technical Manual Dec 2017PDF link to SAT Suite of Assessments Technical Manual Dec 2017
Pages 1 - 20 provide an overview of the assessment, including a description its purpose, test format and content, scores derived from the assessment and the intended use of results.
Pages 107 – 135 examine the validity of the SAT and includes information on the evidentiary foundations behind the test content, concordance between the current and previous version of the SAT, and the relationship between SAT scores and first-year grade point average, as well as the relationship between SAT scores and college and career readiness benchmarks.

Test-Specifications-Redesigned-Sat-1PDF link to Test-Specifications-Redesigned-Sat-1
Pages 198 – 206 provide an overview of SAT development process.