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The SAT is a standardized test that measures the mathematical, reading, and writing skills for students wishing to do their undergraduate studies abroad. The test intends to assess the potential of applicants for advanced study. It assesses their readiness for college.

Universities in the US ask for SAT scores from prospective students. The SAT test is your gateway to the leading colleges in the US and a career in America. The better your SAT score, the better your prospects. As one of India’s leading test preparation solution, Y-Axis is the perfect place for you to begin your journey to a high SAT score.

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What is SAT?

SAT is entirely a paper-based test. The maximum score for the test is 1600. However, the SAT score alone does not guarantee admission. It is only one of the factors that is considered in the admission process of a candidate to the graduate school of their choice.

Why Take The SAT?

The SAT is essential for undergraduate college admissions in the US.  The SAT score, in combination with your school scores, is used by colleges to aid their admissions process.

  • The SAT is conducted seven times a year in the US and 4 times a year internationally
  • The SAT is an affordable test and costs $113.5 ($96.5 plus $17 with essay)
WHAT IS THE SAT EXAM LIKE?

The SAT exam consists of three sections:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Reading test
  3. Writing and language test

The duration of the exam is 3 hours.

Mathematics  Reading test  Writing and language test 
58 questions 52 questions 44 questions
• Application based trigonometry
• Linear equations
• Multiple meaning words
• Complex structure vocab
• Reading comprehension
• Essay
80 minutes 65 minutes 50 minutes
Modules In SAT

The SAT tests students analytical and intellectual abilities. It has four modules:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Optional Essay
How Is The SAT Scored?

The scoring ranges between 400 and 1600. The test is sped up in order to get the best results from students in a small amount of time.

FAQ
What is the validity of the SAT test score?

Your score is valid for five years from the date of taking the test.

What is the full form of SAT?

SAT is simply SAT, and, unlike the general notion, does not expand into anything. Initially the acronym SAT was used to refer to Scholastic Aptitude Test, later for the Scholastic Assessment Test, then SAT I: Reasoning Test, and then SAT Reasoning Test. In 1997, the College Board laid down that “the SAT has become the trademark; it doesn’t stand for anything.”

SAT is administered by the Educational Testing Service, on behalf of the College Board.

Who should appear for SAT?

SAT scores are required for admission to colleges in the U.S.  The higher you score, the more the options available before you, in terms of colleges to approach.

Why should I take SAT?

SAT is specifically designed keeping in mind its relevance for future success of the test takers.

Simply put, SAT evaluates –

  • All that you have learnt in high school
  • All that is required for you to be successful in college

The best way to prepare for SAT would be to take your high school seriously.

What is the highest possible score on SAT?

The highest possible SAT score is 1600

What is the average score on SAT?

The average SAT score is 1060.

Is there a difference between SAT and SAT Subject Tests?

SAT is not the same as SAT Subject Tests. There are some basic differences between the two –

SAT

SAT Subject Test

Purpose

SAT scores are used by colleges for admission purposes and for granting scholarships

SAT Subject Scores can be regarded as additional information which the colleges might need for working out admission and course allocation. In certain cases, a college might ask an applicant to appear for more than 1 Subject Tests.

Scoring scale

400 to 1600

200 to 800

What is tested?

SAT tests you on – Reading, Writing & Language, Math, and optional Essay.

1 subject is tested in each test. About 20 subjects – such as, English Literature, Science, Language, Math, and History – are available to choose from.

What are the sections in SAT?

SAT comprises the following sections –

Reading Test

Assesses how you process information provided to you in everyday evidence-based scenarios. Previous knowledge pertaining to any particular topic will not be tested.

Writing & Language Test

Analyses your practical skills on spotting and rectifying problems.

Math Test

Covers different math related problems for you to solve. It has two sections “With Calculator” and “Without Calculator”.

SAT Essay

Though optional, it is recommended that you attempt the Essay as well. Many schools require that students applying to them should have cleared SAT with Essay.

What is the difference between SAT and ACT?

ACT stands for American College Testing. SAT stands for, well, simply SAT.

A basic comparison

  ACT SAT
Scoring

Score range – 1 to 36 per section

Composite score = mean of the 4 sections (also 1 to 36)

Essays scored separately – 2 to 12

Score range – 200 to 800 per section

Composite score = sum of the two (400 to 1600)

Essays scored separately – 2 to 8

Total time

With writing – 3 hrs 35 mins

Without writing – 2 hrs 55 mins

With essay – 3 hrs 50 mins

Without essay – 3 hrs

Sections (in order)

1.      English

2.      Math

3.      Reading

4.      Science

5.      Writing (optional)

1.      Reading

2.      Writing and Language

3.      Math – No Calculator

4.      Math – Calculator

5.      Essay (optional)

If you are a student from India that wishes to take admission in any college or university in the U.S., be very clear as to the requirement of the institution that you are considering.

While certain schools and colleges accept either ACT or SAT, there might be others who are more specific.

How many times can I take the SAT?

There is no limit on the number of times that you can take the SAT. On the other hand, you can take the ACT up to a maximum of 12 times.

Ideally, you should aim at attempting the SAT twice. More than four attempts are just a waste of time and energy.

The College Board gives you the option of selecting – by the Score Choice feature – as to which scores you would like to forward to the colleges. Up to six scores are retained in the database.

At times, there might be colleges that specifically require you to share all your SAT scores. While the odd bad day for SAT might remain hidden under Score Choice, your entire history with SAT is laid bare if the college so insists.

To keep it simple, focus on giving a maximum of two attempts for SAT. Make the two attempts count.

How many times in a year is the SAT exam conducted?

The SAT exam is conducted four times in a year. It is held in March, May, October, and December. Contact out coaching centers spread across India including Pune and Ahmedabad for more information.

Are SAT scores the only factor in admission to universities?

The SAT score is only one of the various criteria that the admission council in a college or university considers for admitting students. But a good SAT score improves the chances of admission and even financial aid for the student.

How can one register for the SAT exam?

Registration can be done either online or through phone or mail. The website  www.collegeboard.com  has more details. Contact our SAT coaching centers in Delhi and Mumbai for more details.

What is the scoring pattern of the exam?
  • The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800
  • The Critical Reading section is scored on a scale of 200-800
  • The Essay is scored separately on a scale of 2-8
  • The entire SAT score ranges from 400-1600
How soon will I get my SAT score?

You will get your SAT score 3 weeks after the exam date.

Do you need the SAT score when applying to universities?

Yes, you should have your SAT scores ready when applying to universities. According to the college board, sending your scores early shows you are interested in the college.

Is essay required to be attempted in the SAT?

Most of the top colleges recommend that you attempt the essay question. Our coaching centers in Hyderabad and Bangalore can give you more information on this.

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