SAT assess student’s Mathematical, Reading and Writing skills, who aspiring to undergo their undergraduate studies abroad. The test intends to help Undergraduate Schools to tests the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students,, ask for their SAT scores.
The test is entirely a paper-based Test. The test can be scored on a maximum of 1600.The SAT score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - SAT is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school.
The SAT sections – Mathematics, Reading test and Writing and Language test.
It is offered 4-7 times annually and that too worldwide.
Around 1.71 million high school graduates appear for SAT exam
Duration of Exam is 3-4 Hours
SAT - Subject Test
SAT - Subject Tests are designed to assess a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take the SAT Subject Test for their particular course.
The examination is entirely a paper-based test. The test can be scored on a maximum of 800. SAT Subject tests are one-hour tests that are offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths Level 1, Maths Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.
The US-based College Board develops and administers both the SAT and SAT - Subject Test.
The SAT is owned, improved, and published by the College Board, a private, not-for-profit corporation exists in the United States. It is administered and managed on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service, which until recently developed the SAT as well. The test is intended to assess students' readiness for college.
College Board is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee.
Cost of the Exam:
registration fee for taking SAT is $109 ($95 plus $14 with essay)
FORMAT OF THE EXAM
The SAT has four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (calculator allowed). The test taker may optionally write an essay which, in that case, is the fifth test section.There are three breaks throughout the test. There is a 10-minute break after the Reading Test and a five-minute break after the Math Test -Without Calculator section.In these 2 breaks, you can leave the room, use the restroom, eat, etc. However, for the final break, which is after the Math Test - Calculator section, you're given just two minutes to stretch next to your desk; you can't leave the room.
READING & WRITING
52 standard multiple-choice
44 standard multiple-choice
● Relevant words in context
● (Reading, Writing)
● Command of evidence
● (Reading, Writing)
● Expression of ideas
● Standard English conventions
One 65-minute section
One 35-minute section
45 standard multiple-choice
13 student-produced response
● The heart of algebra
● Passport to advanced math
● Problem solving & data analysis
One 25-minute section (no calculator)
One 55-minute section (calculator allowed)
1 evidence-based essay
● Analyzing a source
One 50-minute essay
The Reading Test of the SAT is made up of one section with 52 questions and a time limit of 65 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice and based on reading passages. Tables, graphs, and charts may accompany some passages, but no math is required to correctly answer the corresponding questions. There are five passages (up to two of which may be a pair of smaller passages) on the Reading Test and 10-11 questions per passage or passage pair. SAT Reading passages draw from three main fields: history, social studies, and science. Each SAT Reading Test always includes: one passage from U.S. or world literature; one passage from either a U.S. founding document or a related text; one passage about economics, psychology, sociology, or another social science; and, two science passages. Answers to all of the questions are based only on the content stated in or implied by the passage or passage pair.
Writing and Language TesT
As with the Reading Test, all questions are based on reading passages which may be accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts. The test taker will be asked to read the passages, find mistakes in writing, and to provide corrections or improvements. Reading passages on this test range in content from topic arguments to nonfiction narratives in a variety of subjects. The skills being evaluated include: increasing the clarity of argument; improving word choice; improving analysis of topics in social studies and science; changing sentence or word structure to increase organizational quality and impact of writing; and, fixing sentence structure, word usage, and punctuation.
The maths part of the SAT is divided into two sections: Math Test – Calculator and Math Test – No Calculator. the math test of SAT 45 multiple choice questions and 13 grid-in questions.The multiple choice questions have four possible answers; the grid-in questions are free response and require the test taker to provide an answer.
● The Math Test ( Without Calculator section) has 20 questions (15 multiple choice and 5 grid-in) and lasts 25 minutes.
● The Math Test (With Calculator section) has 38 questions (30 multiple choice and 8 grid-in) and lasts 55 minutes.
Several scores are provided to the test taker for the math test. A subscore (on a scale of 1 to 15) is reported for each of three categories of math content: "Heart of Algebra" (linear equations, systems of linear equations, and linear functions), "Problem Solving and Data Analysis" (statistics, modeling, and problem-solving skills), and "Passport to Advanced Math" (non-linear expressions, radicals, exponentials and other topics that form the basis of more advanced math). A test score for the math test is reported on a scale of 10 to 40, and a section score (equal to the test score multiplied by 20) is reported on a scale of 200 to 800.
The SAT Essay is a lot like a typical college writing assignment in which you're asked to analyze a text and then present its interpretation. It is basically the section in which the candidate has to show its analysing and reasoning skills by critiquing the argument Take the SAT with Essay and show colleges that you're ready to come to campus and write.
What is the SAT?
The SAT is an exam administered by The College Board to test college and career readiness. It is primarily used for the purpose of gaining admission to college. The SAT is widely considered to be the single most important test you take in high school.
Who creates the SAT?
The SAT is created by Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is paid by the College Board to create the exam. Both of these companies are private.
How many times can I take the SAT?
SAT can be taken unlimited number of times.(It is highly advisable not to appear for SAT® too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature).
What is the scoring scale for the SAT ?
The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800
The Critical Reading section is scored on a scale of 200-800
The Essay is scored separately on a scale of 2-8
The entire SAT® test score ranges from 400-1600
What are the Prohibited Devices for the SAT ?
Prohibited devices include, but are not limited to:
Cell phones or smartphones
Audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Google Glass, or any other personal computing devices
Separate timers of any type
Cameras or any other photographic equipment
Any devices, including digital watches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive, or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content (with the exception of CD players used for Language with Listening Subject Tests only)
What question types appear in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section?
The revision in 2016 has led to a removal of traditional SAT sentence completion questions. The redesigned SAT no longer tests rote memorization of obscure vocabulary words; instead, the SAT tests “high utility” words that change in definition depending on the context in which they are used. This means that students will now be required to have a deeper understanding of more commonly used vocabulary words, and will also be required to read entire passages to discern the meanings of words.
Four types of questions will be featured on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section: words in context, command of evidence, informational graphics, and text complexity.
Words in Context questions measure your understanding of how word choice influences meaning, shapes mood and tone, reflects point of view, or lends precision or interest. The Writing and Language portion measures students’ ability to apply knowledge of words, phrases, and language in general in the context of extended prose passages.
Command of Evidence questions test students’ ability to identify the portion of text that serves as the best evidence for the conclusions they reach. You both interpret text and support that interpretation by citing the most relevant textual support. The Writing and Language portion measures students’ capacity to revise a text to improve its development of information and ideas.
Informational Graphics questions ask students to interpret information conveyed in one or more graphics (tables, graphs, charts, etc.) and to integrate that information with information found in the text. The Reading test has two passages that include one or two graphics each. The Writing and Language portion has one or more passages that include one or more graphics, and asks students to consider information in graphics as they make decisions about how and whether to revise a passage.
Text Complexity questions include passages that span a specified range of text complexity levels from grades 9-10 to postsecondary entry. Students are asked to make and refine decisions about the placement of passages within complexity bands.
More generally, the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section will require students to answer questions based on their ability to read and refine the text as a whole.
The most important thing about the new Evidence Based Reading and Writing section is that students will need to read entire passages to answer the questions.
What question types appear in the Math section?
The sections of the math test that do allow a calculator also feature questions that do not require a calculator to solve, where use of a calculator could serve to actually slow down the problem solving process. These question types assess how well students make use of appropriate tools.
Four types of questions appear in the SAT math section: algebra, problem solving and data analysis, advanced math, and additional topics. Each of these broader question types may be broken down into more specific math topics.
Algebra questions require students to solve equations and systems of equations, to create expressions, equations, and inequalities to solve problems, and to rearrange and interpret formulas.
Problem Solving and Data Analysis questions require students to create and analyze relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units, to describe relationships shown graphically, and to summarize qualitative and quantitative data.
Advanced Math questions require students to rewrite expressions, to create, analyze, and solve quadratic and higher-order equations, and to manipulate polynomials to solve problems.
Additional Topics questions require students to calculate area and volume, to investigate lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems, and to work with trigonometric functions.
More generally, the math section of the SAT thoroughly tests your foundational knowledge of math topics in the context of real world situations, involving science, social science, or career related topics, focusing specifically on the math needed to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
The new math sections will have:
A no-calculator section
Two out of the four total multiple choice sections on the SAT will be math
More questions on real-world applications of math
Problems that focus on algebra, data analysis, advanced math, trigonometry, circles and other topics
What is the calculator policy of SAT ?
You’re allowed to use a calculator for part of the Math Test—but there’s more to it than making sure you’ve got a fresh set of batteries.
Bring Your Own Calculator
Calculators are not provided at the test center, and you can’t share a calculator.
What to Bring on SAT Day
Your Admission Ticket. You must print out your admission ticket and bring it to your testing center. ...
Your Photo ID. Your photo ID should resemble the picture that you uploaded to College Board when you registered, The only valid ID is passport
At Least Two 2 Pencils and an Eraser. ...
An Acceptable Calculator
What is the break policy of SAT ?
For most students, there is one 10-minute and one five-minute break during the test, the only times you can eat and drink.
Keep your ID and Admission Ticket with you at all times. They’ll be checked every time you enter the testing room.
Test books, answer sheets, and calculators must remain on your desk during breaks.
You can’t use this time to power up devices, like cell phones—if you do, your scores will be canceled.
What is the device policy followed in SAT ?
We mention cell phones and electronics often, and for good reason. Your scores will be canceled if you don’t follow the rules around devices.
Things to keep in mind:
Test administration staff reserves the right to collect and hold cell phones and other prohibited electronic devices during the test administration, including during break periods.
If your device makes noise, or if you are seen using it, or if you attempt to access it at any time, including breaks, you will be dismissed immediately, your scores can be canceled, and the device may be confiscated.
The College Board is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items, including electronic devices, while you are in the test center.
Is the new 2016 SAT harder?
This is a question with no easy answer. It depends on your strengths and weaknesses. The math section of the test is more advanced and counts more heavily toward your overall composite score, and calculators are only available for certain math sections. This will benefit students who are talented in math or who have taken more advanced math classes. Likewise, the evidence based reading and writing section of the test favors students with strong reading comprehension skills and an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. From College Board’s perspective, the SAT (2016) is more closely aligned with the demands of college and readiness for a career. Students who have done well in all school subjects should benefit from the test changes.
When should I register for the SAT?
We suggest that you sign up for the SAT when you are comfortable with the test and have completed all assignments related to your course. In other words, don’t plan to take the SAT directly after the course is over, in the event that you need more time to practice. However, we do NOT suggest waiting more than 60 days after the course to take the SAT. The deadline to actually register for an SAT exam is usually four to five weeks before the test date. The SAT is offered seven times a year in the following months: January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. Students should carefully consider factors like the availability of the test date, the length of time it will take to fully prepare for the exam, and the deadlines of the colleges they will apply to when constructing their overall college admission timeline.
Schedule the exam:
After the course has completed (but not immediately after to allow for extra study time)
Before 60 days from the end of the course (so information is still fresh)
Registration deadline is usually 4-5 weeks prior to the test
Only 7 SAT exams each year: January, March, May, June, October, November, December
Consider college deadlines, preparation times, and test date availability before scheduling
What if I take the SAT and mess up?
On the day of your test if you want to cancel your score during or after finishing your exam, you should ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center. You can also think about it for a day or two before mailing it to College Board. However, College Board must receive your request form no later than 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) the Wednesday after the test. You must include the test date, test center number, name of the test you are cancelling, your name, address, sex, birth date, social security number, registration number, and your signature. You must label your request “Attention: SAT Score Cancellation” and send it via one of the following methods:
Overnight delivery via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail (U.S. only):
SAT Score Cancellation
P.O. Box 6228
Princeton, NJ 08541-6228
Other overnight mail service or courier (U.S. or international):
SAT Score Cancellation
225 Phillips Boulevard
Ewing, NJ 08618
What is Score Choice?
Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Different universities and colleges now have different score choice practices. Some schools require only the single highest test date score, some schools state that they combine the highest scores from different sections across test dates, and some schools require you to send all of your scores. View the score-choice practices of different schools. Always check with the schools you plan to apply to as well before sending your scores.
When should I start preparing for the SAT?
Because the SAT is the most important test for college admissions, it is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals. For students who have the goal of becoming a National Merit Semi-finalist, it is best to start by June before 10th grade. Otherwise, a student should start by the summer before their 11th grade to maximize the effectiveness of our program because there are no distractions such as school homework, projects, exams or any other school activities. Students should start preparing for the SAT no later then the summer before their 12th grade.
How do extracurricular activities, majors, recommendations, essays, and factors come into play in college admissions?
College admissions in the United States are not standardized in any way, which means that each undergraduate college develops its own system. Some of the most important factors in college admissions are high school grades, difficulty of a student’s high school course selection, and scores on the SAT. The reputation of the high school is also important. Extracurricular activities such as membership to clubs, service activities, and athletic or musical talents are important during the admissions process and it is very damaging to a student’s application for him or her to have no extracurricular involvement. The typical breakdown of college admissions weights are: 50% class rank, 25% SAT, and 25% extracurricular activities and recommendations. Private schools tend to rely more on extracurricular activities for admissions than public schools.
Does having a summer job help or hurt me?
Summer jobs are a great way to earn some money, and they also provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience. Work experience demonstrates your abilities such as time management, responsibility level, character, and leadership potential. Work experience can be anything from paid or volunteer work, after-school or summer program participation, to internships. You should inquire with your parent’s employers for any internships or summer job opportunities. Internships, whether paid or not, give you a first-hand look at specific careers as a way to identify career interests. In whatever programs you participate in, whether if it’s at a job, an internship, or helping out at home, your experience is an important way to demonstrate key qualities. The participation in the various activities may even help you find a topic for your college essays. Whatever qualities that you develop by this experience will help you build your resume and enhance your college applications. The summer before your 12th grade is the best time for summer employment, which is why we recommend Test Masters after 10th grade, if possible. You may want to start looking for a summer job in the spring of your 11th grade, which is when most employers start hiring for the summer. Remember, the quality of your experience is much more important than the number of dollars you can earn at any job!
Should I go to a public or private college?
State and community colleges, also known as public colleges, are generally less expensive than private colleges. Public colleges receive funding from their respective states in order to make the cost of education affordable to the greatest number of people. Most states offer in-state residents a significantly lower tuition price. At community colleges, your tuition rate is based on your district. If you live within a particular community college district, you can take courses for a lower price than students who live outside of the district.
Private colleges, on the other hand, do not receive the same type of funding, so they rely more heavily on tuition, endowments and other private sources of revenue. Private colleges are usually more expensive than public colleges, but may offer smaller class sizes or scholarships and grants that are not available at public schools.
Your decision on which school to attend or even to narrow down your search to generally depends on the following two criteria: money (scholarships and financial aid) and your choice of major(s). If you know your major then you should apply to the best school for that major that you can get into. If you are unsure of your major, then you should apply to a very well-rounded school, where you can explore the different career options and fields of study. Only you can decide which institutions are right for you, based on your specifications and the programs that you are interested in. Remember to do as much research as possible to make a well-informed choice.
What are Dual Degree Programs?
Dual Degree Programs differ from university to university. In general, universities may offer a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in your field of studies in a shorter amount of time versus if you pursued the two degrees independently (varies by university). They may also offer different variations such as offering an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree or two different Master’s Degrees.
Why should I consider a Dual Degree Program?
Students successfully completing the program earn two degrees: Associate and Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s, or Master’s and Master’s (depending on which degrees you pursue and what options the school offers). With the Dual Degree Program, one year of school and its financial costs are saved; also, having two degrees will give you an edge in the interview process when applying for employment over other candidates.