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About the Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition (SAT-9)

What is the Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition (SAT-9)?

The Stanford Achievement Test, 9th Edition or more commonly know as the SAT-9 test is a nationally administered multi-subject standardized exam.  It is used in select private and public schools as a measure of student performance.

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Testing Information for the SAT-9

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Assessment Information

Stanford Achievement Test Series, Ninth Edition (Stanford 9, SAT-9)

  • Grades: K-13
  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Language, Writing, Listening, Science
  • Multiple-choice and open-ended assessment
  • Reports:

  • - Available for multiple-choice and open-ended subtests separately as well as combined
    - Both the multiple-choice and open-ended subtests yield a full range of norm-referenced scores.
    - Content-referenced information is included with the open-ended assessments.

Test Descriptions


  • Aligns with NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress).
  • Three types of reading selections:

  • - recreational: material read for enjoyment or literary merit, including folk tales, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, humor, and poetry
    - textual: expository material with content from the natural, physical, and social sciences, as well as other nonfiction general information materials
    - functional: material encountered in everyday life both inside and outside of school, including directions, forms, labels, schedules, and advertisements
  • Reading Comprehension subtest - contains a variety of item types that assess important reading processes:

  • - Initial Understanding questions measure students’ understanding of directly stated details or relationships.
    - Interpretation questions measure students’ comprehension of implicit information and relationships and their ability to make connections beyond the text.
  • Critical Analysis subtest - assess students’ abilities to analyze and evaluate explicit and implicit information and relationships
  • Reading Strategy subtest - assess the ability to determine or describe strategies used by the writer or appropriate reader strategies
  • Open-ended Reading subtest - consists of a narrative reading selection followed by nine questions


  • Two subtests - Mathematics: Problem Solving and Mathematics: Procedures
  • Open-ended Mathematics subtest - includes theme-related questions that assess students’ abilities to communicate and reason mathematically and to apply problem-solving strategies


  • Emphasizes development of effective written communication skills
  • Measures proficiency in both mechanics and expression in one subtest, along with content and organization, and sentence structure
  • An alternate, integrated Language subtest is also available. It measures prewriting, composing, editing, and spelling in a holistic fashion that reflects the developmental nature of the writing process. When the alternate Language subtest is used, there are no separate Spelling and Study Skills subtests.


  • Offers paper-and-pencil or online assessment
  • Contains prompts in four modes— Descriptive, Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive — that elicit a rough-draft response from the student
  • Responses are scored holistically on a six-point scale:

  • - Ideas and Development
    - Organization, Unity, and Coherence
    - Word Choice
    - Sentences and Paragraphs
    - Grammar and Usage
    - Mechanics


  • Assess students’ listening comprehension with dictated selections and questions
  • Types of selections:

  • - Recreational selections - stories and poems
    - Informational selections - represent the kinds of instructional material and current events students might hear in science, history, geography, health, government, and other areas
    - Functional messages - step-by-step directions, advertisements, and announcements
  • Assesses important processes:

  • - Initial Understanding
    - Interpretation
    - Critical Analysis/Strategies
  • Encourages students to take notes


  • Test items allow students to use reasoning skills to reach answers, rather than having to recall memorized, detailed facts and information. Students may be asked to apply an understanding of the concept directly to a situation. More often, they are expected to use what they know to apply information and data, interpret data, draw conclusions, and predict events.
  • Skills include estimating, making simple calculations, seeking patterns, making observations, recognizing cause and effect, reading standard instruments, and drawing conclusions.
  • Open-ended Science subtest - tied to one or two scenarios. The items are evenly distributed among the life, earth, and physical sciences.

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