If you plan to apply for college admission, it is important to understand what SAT is and how it will affect the application process.
The SAT is a standardized college admission test administered by the College Board which also runs the PSAT (Pre SAT for junior high school) test.
Why take the SAT
Most US Colleges and Universities require an admission test such as the SAT. Taking the test connects students to colleges and universities and depicts how college ready a student is by demonstrating key skills such as critical reading, writing and Mathematical skills allowing them to fairly assess applicants.
Test scores represent an important measure of a student’s academic progress and together with high school grades are considered by several colleges (as much as 50 percent weightage) whilst making admission assessments since most require students to submit SAT or ACT scores. Hence getting a good score is important in gaining admissions to the college of your choice. The SAT is a great way to set yourself apart from the college crowd.
Students can opt for SAT in 11th class/beginning of 12th class. Students can take more than one try but two tries are the maximum that is advised. SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 scale for Math and English respectively.
SAT tests for International students
SAT tests have undergone a change from 2017 as follows:
- The SAT is be available internationally in October, December, March and May
- SAT Subject Tests are conducted in October, November, December, May and June
How to register for SAT Test
For SAT registrations, please go to the College Board site and create a student account at the link below.
It is advised that students register at the earliest to get a seat at a centre of their choice. They should have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date of the exam.
The test duration is for 3 hours and with essay (which is optional), an additional 50 minutes. The test comprises of multiple choice questions with 4 answer choices. There is no marking for wrong answers as the scores are calculated for correct answers only.
During the test, a 5-minute break is given after an hour of testing. This entails a break after the Reading section and a second one after the Math No Calculator test. A final break is given prior to writing the essay.
The SAT test comprises of 4 sections:
- Math (with calculator)
- Math (no calculator)
Essay is optional
The Reading Test is a comprehension and reasoning skill which focuses on reading of passages in a series of subject areas.
Writing and Language
The Writing and Language Test is a passage-based assessment of students’ aptitude to review and correct an assortment of passages by way of interpretation of thoughts and ideas keeping in mind the use of grammar rules and punctuation.
The Math Test stresses on the heart of algebra and passport to advance Math, gauging skills of students to solve and create linear equations and inequalities.
The Test comprises of two sections where in the first section, a ‘calculator can be used’ and the second being a ‘no calculator’ section.
Essay writing entails reading a passage and summarizing it based on evidence, reasoning and persuasive factors. The Essay depicts how well a student understands the topic, analyzes how the writer of the passage builds an argument through the use of evidence, reasoning and influencing skills. The essay should be in 700-800 words.