SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
The SAT is a standardized test extensively used for college admissions in the USA. It was introduced in 1926, since then its name and scoring pattern has changed quite a lot of times, being initially called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the name was changed to the Scholastic Assessment Test, and again it was renamed as the SAT Reasoning Test, and now just the SAT. The SAT is owned and governed by the College Board, a nonprofitable private organization in the United States of America. It is developed and administered by the Educational Testing Service on behalf of the College Board. The test is intended to determine a student’s keenness for college.
SAT Types :
- General SAT; which analyzes the subject’s knowledge that student has gained during the schooling.
- SAT Subject Test; to figure out a student’s expertise in an exceptional stream. This test is attempted by those students who want to pursue under-graduate course in Humanities, Biology, Physics, English Literature and Mathematics.
Talking about relevant SAT information, two sections of SAT (Mathematics and EBRW i.e Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) will be scored on a scale that ranges from 200-800 points giving a possible total of 1600. Sub scores and insight scores will also be reported along with an optional essay (scored separately). Questions that a student does not answer, do not count either for or against their score. Neither are points taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where the answers has to be entered into a grid. The raw score for each section is then converted into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, which is done through a statistical process called ‘equating’.
|Section||Time Allotted (min.)||Number of Questions/Tasks|
|Writing and Language||35||44|
|Math (No Calculator)||25||20 (5 Grid-in)|
|Math (Calculator)||55||38 (8 Grid-in)|
|Total||180 (230 with Essay)||154 (155 with Essay)|
SAT Coaching :
- We use the most relevant and frequently tested content helping its students to fully familiarize themselves with the SAT and to organize their time in an effective manner to achieve the best scores.
- Realizing that standardized tests rely on more than just the content, we constantly updates and customize it’s study and reference material, along with practice test papers, to ensure that it addresses the student’s specific areas of concern.
- A personalized report which identifies areas of weaknesses and strengths is generated to help the student identify his or her testing patterns and work in a focused manner. Our result-oriented strategies enable students to increase both speed and accuracy.
- Our collection of practice tests, other than basic content and timed drills, follow the same structure of the actual SAT test. The realistic practice and extensive training, as well as test day tips and exam strategies provided by expert instructors, enhance student’s confidence in facing the actual test.
- We provide intensive classroom coaching for 2 to 3 months. The class schedule is divided into modules, each of which concentrates on a specific topic tested in the SAT. In terms of course duration and time slots, flexibility is provided. Weekend classes allow students to prepare for the SAT in accordance with their daily schedules.
SAT FAQ’s :
Q- Is the SAT important?
A- The SAT is a vital test to students who are planning to further their education and attend college. Most colleges determine student acceptance based upon SAT scores. SAT scores are at least as important as student’s high school grades if not more important.
Q- What is the SAT point scale?
A- You’ll receive two section scores, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math, which are each reported on a scale ranging from 200 to 800. Together, these two scores make up your total score. The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. Your scores on the optional Essay are reported separately.
Q- What is the highest score possible on the SAT?
A- The highest possible score on the SAT is 1600.
Q- How many times can the SAT be retaken?
A- The SAT can be taken an unlimited number of times.
Q- When should I take the SAT?
A- You should take the SAT when you feel prepared and have taken enough practice tests to feel ready. Students typically take the test during the second part of their junior year in high school or during the first part of their senior year.
Q- What is the length of the SAT?
A- The length of the SAT is 3 hours. The SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes. Additional time will be needed to allow for breaks.
Q- Is a calculator allowed on the SAT?
A- Calculators are allowed on one of the two math sections.
Q- Is food or drink allowed during the SAT?
A- Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing room. However, students will receive several breaks and are encouraged to bring a snack and drink for that time.
Q- When should I start preparing for the SAT?
A- If you are contemplating taking the SAT you should start preparing now.
Q- Where do I find my SAT score?
A- Your official score will be provided to you and your high school within 5 weeks after the test is administered.
Q- Where can I find the average SAT scores of colleges?
A- Many colleges post this information on the College Board website.
Q- Are colleges able to see all SAT scores?
A- Colleges are able to see every SAT score achieved by students. Depending on the college and the students intended major some pay special attention to the scores in a specific section.
Q- How do I register for the SAT?
A- You may register for SAT online.