SAT Exam

Applicants to undergraduate courses, particularly in US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages.

More about SAT

SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board, and is required to be taken by students seeking admission in undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.A recent review of admissions policies by The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) revealed that many colleges have moved away from SAT subject test, which some years back were crucial for admission to top American universities.

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SAT Fee

$52.5 (approx.) plus $42 (Non-U.S. Regional Fee)

For subject tests, an additional $26 as basic subject test fee

For SAT subject tests, certain additional fee might be required.

SAT Pattern

SAT exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Math, Reading and Writing. There is an optional section which is called the Essay, which has one 50 minute long substantial passage from which the student needs to build their argument. Students are not scored on this section. Here we cover the general SAT test pattern.

SCORING IN SAT

The SAT is divided into two sections – 1. Reading, Writing and 2.Mathematics. These two sections are scored on a 200-800 point scale, for a maximum total score of 1600.SAT subject test scores are measured on a scale of 200 to 800. There are additional sub-scores reported on a 20-80 scale. The scores of a student reflect on how he/she compared with other students who took the test. An average SAT score is around 1000. Anything above 1200 is considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on SAT is the perfect score of 1600. Since you receive scaled scores, you should have some understanding of SAT scaled scores and percentiles.

SAT RESULTS

SAT test results are typically released within 4-5 weeks of the test administration, and can be viewed online. Students can choose to send their test scores to colleges of their choice. They also have the option to cancel their test score, or withhold them from being sent to certain colleges.

SAT DATES

The SAT is conducted only a few times a year between October to June. You don’t have the luxury of selecting an exam date suitable as per your convenience, which is the case with other exams. You need to plan your exam prep according to these test dates. These exams are scheduled to suit your application deadlines for fall semester.

SAT PREPARATION TIPS

Students who do well on the SAT tend to be good readers who possess a good vocabulary and who can sustain the pressure of answering questions in short time as the test requires you to deal with nine sections. For the overall preparation, SAT prep is similar to other exams in the sense that you can either take the route of self-studying or attend coaching classes. For self-study you need motivation and self-discipline, to continue with the routine. This method will definitely help you save lots of time and money. However, if you feel you learn best in a classroom environment, then attending coaching classes is not a bad deal. Remember that you can choose to study on your own or through professional help, there is no right or wrong way.