SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test

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. 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. 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 was crucial for admission to top American universities.

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 minutes 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. Here is the SAT paper pattern –

Subject Duration Subsections Questions Score Range
Math 80 minutes

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  • Problem-solving and data analysis
  • ‘The Heart of Algebra’
  • ‘Passport to Advanced Math’

200-800

Reading

65 minutes

Total 52 questions

  • No Sentence Completion
  • Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)

200-800 (combined with Writing section)

Writing and Language

35 minutes

Total 44 questions

  • Tests ‘Expression of Ideas’ and ‘Standard English Conventions’ through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science
  • All questions from extended prose (400-450 words)

200-800 (combined with Reading section)

Essay (optional)

50 minutes

One 50 minutes optional essay

This section requires students to evaluate an argument through analysis of evidence

not scored

Total

3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)

154 questions

1600

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 subscores 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 the fall semester. Here are the exam dates for the year 2017-18:

SAT Test Dates

SAT Subject Test Dates

October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 4, 2017

March 10, 2018

December 2, 2017

May 5, 2018

May 5, 2018

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June 2, 2018