SAT Exams: How To Register and Write in Ghana

One of the dreams of every Ghanaian high school student is to study for his/her degree abroad, especially in the United States of America (U.S.A).

Unlike the Ghanaian universities where you enter with your WASSCE certificate, some colleges, and universities in the US accept only SAT certificate. This is the standard for which all students in these schools are admitted.

The SAT testing is managed by the Education Testing Service (ETS) at different locations all over Ghana. The setting of the test questions, publishing, and marking is all done by the College board spread throughout the world.

Meaning, the SAT is conducted in almost every country in the world that has the mandate for their students to study in the United States. Simply put, your country should be on the list of countries to which the United States can give a student visa.

What is the SAT?

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the United States to decide on whether or not to admit an applicant.

What the test does is that it basically measures the students understanding and readiness for college or university in the United States. The test evaluates the applicant’s written, verbal, and mathematical skills.

In most colleges/universities, your SAT score alone can account for 50% of your acceptance decision by the college’s admission board. Therefore, passing your SAT gives you a higher chance of getting admission to your preferred institution.

Not all the universities in the United States accepts only SAT. Some of them have international members on their admission board whose job it is to interpret the results from other countries; hence, they accept the WASSCE result.

Therefore, before you decide whether to write the SAT or not, visit the website of your preferred school or contact them to know whether the accept the WASSCE results or not.

What You Should Know Before Registering For SAT

Before you register for the SAT, there is some information you need to be aware of. And they are:

  • There are 20 SAT subject test in five (5) general subject areas: English, History, Languages, Mathematics & Sciences.
  • Each subject test is an hour long. All the tests are MCQs except for the essay.
  • All the tests are conducted at a high school level.
  • A valid passport is the only acceptable identification document for taking the SAT in Ghana.
  • On the day of the test, only your Admission ticket and a valid passport are required for entry into the exam hall.

How To Register For SAT

The SAT is written throughout the year 7 times. Therefore, you can choose the date and time that will be favourable for you to write.

The registration for the SAT in Ghana and other parts of the world is very easy and fast. But more importantly, you need to know the subjects you will be writing and this can be found by contacting the school you are applying to.

To register for your SAT, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Visit collegeboard.org and create or sign in to your free College Board account.
  2. Provide your full, legal name and other identification information. The name you use should match the name of your photo ID.
  3. Decide whether to answer the questions about yourself. This helps colleges and scholarships find you.
  4. Decide whether to write the SAT with an essay or not. You can contact your college/university before you make your decision.
  5. Explore the test center locations and dates for the test. Choose the location that is closer and the date that will be favourable.
  6. Upload a photo that meets the requirements.
  7. Checkout and pay the required fee with your Credit/Debit card, or PayPal.
  8. After, print your Admission Ticket. This is what you will use to enter the examination center.

How Much Does The SAT Cost?

Below is a summary of the SAT fees (in United States Dollar).

Test/ItemFee ($)
SAT (with no essay)52.00
SAT (with essay)68.00
Change fee30.00
Late registration30.00
Waitlist fee53.00

SAT Test Centres in Ghana & Location

American International School

1 Jungle Road, East Legon, Accra, Ghana

Association International School

6 Patrice Lumumba Road, Accra, Ghana

Faith Montessori School

152 Nii Kpakpa Osiakwan Road, Accra, Ghana

Ghana International School

2Second Circular Road, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana

International Community School

Pakyi No.1 Off Kumasi Obuasi Road, Kumasi, Ghana

Lincoln Community School

#126/21 Reindorf Road, Accra, Ghana

Morgan International Community School

Morgan International Community School, Swedru, Ghana

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, Tema, Ghana

Tema International School

Off Tema Akosombo Road, Opposite Afarwaa Frm, Tema Ghana

The Ridge School 1966

Victoria Opoku-Ware Road, Kumasi, Ghana

Conclusion

The SAT is not a very difficult test but it requires that you do more thinking and analysis.

Also, the fact that you pass your SAT is not a 100% guarantee that you will be qualified for admission but it gives you a high chance of qualifying.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, make sure to write it down in the comments section below.


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