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SCHOLASTIC ASSESSMENT TEST (SAT) The test that takes you places! Go Global!

What’s inside?  What is SAT?  What is the purpose of this test?  Features of SAT  Who takes this test?  Structure of the test - Critical Reading - Mathematics - Writing  SAT style of questions  An overview of the SAT test structure  Preparing for the test  How is the SAT scored?

More of what’s inside?  How to interpret your SAT scores?  Tips and tricks for the test day  How to register for SAT?  Paying for the test  SAT – Your gateway to USA  How important is your SAT score?  Benefits of taking the SAT test  What do colleges look for in your SAT scores?


What is SAT? The SAT is a standardized test for most undergraduate college admissions in the United States. It is owned, published and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organization in the United States. It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service which still administers the exam.

What is the purpose of this test?  SAT, as the name suggests, tests the aptitude or intelligence through a standardized medium.  The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college.  It measures literacy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in college.  The test assesses how well the test takers analyze and solve problems.  SAT scores will help to determine admission of a student at American institutions.

The main idea behind conducting the SAT is to have a common scale through which all students seeking admission in colleges can be judged. This makes the task simpler for the college authorities in addition to being fair to the students.

Features of SAT  It’s more of an aptitude test, measuring reasoning and verbal abilities  Results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities  These scores are intended to supplement your transcript but are often used for college admissions requirements, course placement and scholarships  It has a mandatory writing portion, including one 25- minute essay and a 35-minute multiple-choice section

 The SAT counts off for wrong answers, except in the math section where you fill in your responses  It has 44 fewer questions than the ACT, which means the SAT takes less time to complete  The SAT has three components: critical reading, mathematics and writing, but offers additional subject tests – at an additional cost – in specific areas  In addition to multiple choice questions, the SAT has a math section that requires students to produce their own answers.

 It’s more of an aptitude test, measuring reasoning and verbal abilities.  Results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities.  The SAT counts off for wrong answers except in the math section  It has 44 fewer questions than the ACT

Who takes this test? The SAT is typically taken by - High school sophomores - Juniors - Seniors

Structure of the test SAT consists of three major sections:  Critical Reading  Mathematics - Calculator Use  Writing

Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are 10 sub- sections.

Test Structure Section 1 – Critical Reading This section (a.k.a Verbal Section) is made up of 3 scored sections. This section is basically designed to test your ability to read and understand written English of the level you need to make the most of a university course. There are two types of questions:  Sentence Completion  Reading Comprehension

The questions in the Critical Reading section require a level of vocabulary that should not be a problem if you have been in the habit of reading good books throughout your high school career. However, if you are not a good reader, or if English is your second language, you will have to work hard to raise your vocabulary to the required level.

Critical Reading – Tips and Tricks!  Focus on the main idea of the passage  Here you’re not looking for an exactly right answer. You have to look for the best possible answer among the choices they give you  Time management is quite essential here. Spend as less time as possible on sentence completion and more on passage based reading  Reading each word carefully is the key


Test Structure Section 2 – Mathematics The Mathematics section of the SAT is widely known as the Quantitative Section or Calculation Section and consists of three scored sections. The SAT has done away with quantitative comparison questions on the math section, leaving only questions with symbolic or numerical answers.

The Mathematics section goes as follows:  One of the 25-minute sections is entirely multiple choice, with 20 questions.  The other 25-minute section contains 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. There is no penalty for incorrect answers on grid-in questions because the test-taker is not limited to a few possible choices  The 20-minute section is all multiple choice, with 16 questions.

Mathematics section – calculator use Four-function, scientific, and graphing calculators are permitted on the SAT math section; however, calculators are not permitted on either of the other sections. Calculators with QWERTY keyboards, cell phone calculators, portable computers, and personal organizers are not permitted.

Mathematics – Tips and Tricks!  The test does not require you to memorize formulas. Commonly used formulas are provided in the test book at the beginning of each mathematics section. It is up to you to decide which formula is appropriate  With some problems, it may be useful to draw a sketch or diagram of the given information


Test Structure Section 3 – Writing The writing section of the SAT includes multiple choice questions and a brief essay. The essay subscore contributes about 28% to the total writing score, with the multiple choice questions contributing 70%.

The multiple choice questions section include error identification questions, sentence improvement questions, and paragraph improvement questions. This section tests the student's knowledge of grammar, presenting an awkward or grammatically incorrect sentence; the student must locate the word producing the source of the error or indicate that the sentence has no error, while the sentence improvement section requires the student to select an acceptable fix to the awkward sentence.

The essay section, which is always administered as the first section of the test, is 25 minutes long. All essays must be in response to a given prompt. The prompts are broad and often philosophical and are designed to be accessible to students regardless of their educational and social backgrounds.


SAT – Style of questions  Most of the questions on the SAT, except for the essay and the grid-in math responses, are multiple choice; all multiple-choice questions have five answer choices, one of which is correct  The questions of each section of the same type are generally ordered by difficulty.

An overview of the SAT Test Structure SECTION AVG. SCORE TIME (MINS) CONTENT Writing 493 60 Grammar, Usage and Diction Mathematics 515 70 Number & Operations; Algebra & Functions; Geometry; Statistics; Probability & Data Analysis Critical Reading 501 70 Vocabulary, Critical Reading and Sentence-Level Reading

Preparing for the test  Make sure to take several practice tests  Make use of SAT practice books available in bookstores and online  Discipline yourself each week by setting aside time to practice  Being familiar with the test format and instructions beforehand will help you save time and feel more confident on the day of the exam  Make sure you are timing yourself as you practice

 Ideally the test allows about 1 minute per question  Taking prep tests can help you identify your specific areas of strengths and weaknesses  You may also choose to take an SAT preparation course, which provides content review, test-taking strategies, and practice

How is the SAT scored?  A student earns 1 point for each correct answer, is deducted 1/4 point for each incorrect answer (except for grid-ins), and earns 0 points for each omitted answer  A student does not lose points for unanswered questions but too many omissions will result in an overall lower score  The score for each of the three sections ranges between 200-800 points with the average score being a 500

 1500 is an average composite score and the maximum score is 2400  The essay is given a score between 2-12, whereby two graders each give the essay a score from 1-6  It is believed that there is a strong positive correlation between the length of the essay and the essay’s score

How to interpret your SAT scores? There are two key ways to interpret your test results: in terms of your own expectations and abilities and in comparison to reported college averages and score ranges. On the first count, if you have been doing a reasonable amount of SAT test prep, you should have a sense of a realistic score range to expect for yourself. Then evaluate how you perform on the actual SAT: (P.T.O)

 If you exceed that practice range, then you probably don’t need to retake the test  If you are substantially below the range, then you probably should try to take the SAT again, preferably after taking additional SAT prep  If you hit somewhere in the middle of what you hoped for, then take a break from the test and consider retaking it, after continued review shows you that you have a reasonable expectation of bringing up your scores about 30 to 40 points in one or more sections

Tips for the Test Day  Eat breakfast. It will help prevent light headedness that may result from hunger and give you enough energy to make it though the test.  Be on time. Moderators of these tests are strict, and you could be disqualified if you show up late.  Read each answer. Some questions have several answers that might work  Read and consider each possible answer before choosing the one that best responds to the question.

 Pace yourself. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. If you’re stumped, move on to the next question and come back later. Remember time is of the essence.  Answer easy questions first. Then, go back and answer the more difficult ones.  Use logic. Eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can – then make an educated guess from the ones left.


How to register for SAT? International students can register for the SAT in any of the three ways:  Online  By mail with a copy of The Paper Registration Guide for the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests, which should be available at your school  Through an SAT International Representative (see below)

Students outside the U.S. may visit an Education USA advising center or an abroad education consultancy in their city or region to learn more about college admission testing. Many also offer SAT registration materials and computers for students to register online.

Paying for the test All payment must be paid in United States dollars in one of the following forms:  Credit card - Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Discover  Bank draft  Check drawn on a U.S. bank  United States Postal Service money order  International money order  UNESCO coupon How much does the test cost? The test costs $51

SAT – Your gateway to USA! In the ever-changing landscape of college admissions, SAT plays an important and direct role towards your college application and ultimately your admission. SAT serves as the admission criteria for UG colleges in the US. A good score could land you in the top colleges which offer the best courses to get your career on track! The relative importance of test scores depends on two things: 1) which college to which you are applying 2) whether we are talking about admissions or scholarships


How important are your SAT scores?  Your SAT scores can tell admissions staff members how well prepared you are for college-level academics  The SAT is the best independent, standardized measure of a student's college readiness. It is standardized across all students, schools, and states—providing a common and objective scale for comparison  SAT scores help colleges interpret students' overall academic performance in relation to the national applicant pool


Benefits of taking the SAT test  It is one of the eligibility factors to get into colleges in the U.S  Holds open many study abroad opportunities  Gateway to career building  Gives you a competitive edge over others  Accepted throughout USA

What do colleges look for in your CAT scores? When applying to colleges, it is important to understand what college admissions officers are looking for. Most colleges place great importance on a student’s cumulative high school GPA (Grade Point Average), rigorous coursework, SAT/ACT standardized test scores, application essay, and letters of recommendation. In addition, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, ethnicity, work experience, and state residency are also strongly considered.





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