- SAT is a Scholastic Aptitude Test which was introduced in 1926 for the first time.
- Internationally recognized test
- English Language is required
- Developed by College Board and administered by Educational Testing Service.
- Used to assess the students before they enter into the college.
- Test is taken to get admission to Undergraduate programs of universities or colleges.
- Examines the skills of the students that they gained during their school and will use in college.
- Held 7 times annually (October, November, December, January, March, May and June)
To get admission into the Undergraduate program in the university and college of US, a candidate has to take the SAT exam.
There is not any particular eligibility criteria for SAT. Usually it is taken by the students of high school, 11th or 12th standard, in India. Making a rough idea, students possessing 17 or 18 years of age appear in this test. But this is not a gauge or a requirement for SAT.
SAT Test Structure
SAT consists of 3 major modules. It tests the following skills of an individual:
- Critical Reading
Each major sections possess further 10 subsections including one additional 25-minutes equating or experimental section. The questions can be easy, moderate or difficult. It has been found that the easier questions mostly appear in the beginning of the exam whereas the difficult ones at the end. It is not always true but it is a thumb rule which has been observed. Each section is marked on the scale of 200–800.
The Critical Reading section
Critical Reading Section of SAT consists of 3 sections:
- Two 25-minute sections
- One 20-minute section
Total 70 minutes
Carries various questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages.
The Mathematics section
Mathematics section of the SAT, also known as the Quantitative Section demands calculation. It also consists of 3 sections:
- Two 25-minute sections (Multiple choice questions plus grid-in questions)
- One 20-minute section (Only multiple choice questions)
Total 70 minutes
There will be negative marking only for multiple choice questions, but not for grid-in questions
Note: Only Graphing, Four-function, Computer Algebra System (CAS) and Scientific calculators are permitted .
The Writing Section
The Writing section consists of two sub-sections:
- Essay (25 minutes)
- Multiple-choice questions (35 minutes)
- Total 60 minutes
Multiple choice questions include include error-identification questions, sentence-improvement questions, and paragraph-improvement questions.
You will be allotted 3 hours and 45 minutes (225 minutes in total) to complete the test.
SAT test fees is US$52.5 to US$101.5, varies from country to country
For each section, a candidate is graded on the scale of 200-800. Scores of all sections are multiples of 10 whereas essays are marked on scale 0-12. Total marks are given by aggregating all the scores of three sections. There is also a percentile linked with the scores. Raw scores will also be provided with real scores that will tell you about the points that you earned from correct answers and lost due to wrong ones. The highest possible score in each section is 800, making the total 2400 as topmost score.
SAT results are declared approximately three weeks after test.
SAT test is taken by all those students who wish to approach US for their their undergraduate degree. There are numerous SAT Coaching institutes in Chandigarh that offer top-class coaching. All these institutes follow different methods of teaching and the main motive is to direct the students to attain their goal. But research properly and find the best institute for you.