The SAT (earlier know as Standardized Admissions Test) tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math.
Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life.
• The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
• The writing & Language section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
• The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
• The essay is a 50 minute section.
There are 2 kinds of SAT Exams - General test and Subject test. The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 1600. SAT General Test or SAT I has three sections – Reading and Writing & Language Reading; Mathematics. The following is the test structure.
|3 Hours + 50 minutes for the essay which has become optional||It will consist of evidence based reading and writing & language test, mathematics but the essay will be optional.||It will become optional and will be given at the end of the test for which 50 minutes shall be given. Their requirement will be determined by the colleges/ universities at the time of admission.||The scale will range from 400 – 1600 with individual scale ranging from 200 – 800 for evidence based reading and writing, mathematics and 2 – 8 on each of the 3 dimensions of the essay. The results for the essay will be reported separately. There will be no negative marking for an incorrect answer.||There will be 52 questions in Reading, 44 in Writing & Language, 58 in Mathematics and 1 essay. Total questions = 155|
Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take SAT Subject Test. The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.
Each section of your SAT (reading and Writing & language; Mathematics) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 1600. You will receive an essay score on a scale of 8-8-8. But how do you get these scores? Two steps happen before you see a final score. First, we figure out your raw score by: • Adding points for correct answers. • Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers. Remember: Questions that you skipped don’t count either for or against your score, and points aren’t taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where you needed to enter the answer into a grid. Then we take your raw score and turn it into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, and it is done through a statistical process called “equating.” This process makes it possible to compare your score with the scores of other students who took alternative versions of the test, and to your own scores on previous tests.
Both SAT II and SAT I held 6 times a year in India in January, May, June, October, November and December. One cannot take SAT I and SAT II on the same day but can take 2 SAT II tests on the same day.
SAT can be taken any number of times but it is advised not to as it may affect the admissions application.
Your SAT score will be valid for 4 years after from the date the test was taken
SAT I: Scoring is between 600 (Minimum) and 1600 (Maximum) with 10-point increment. Three scores are reported on the SAT I: • Critical Reading score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments • Mathematics score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments • Writing score reported on a 0-8 score scale, in half-point increments SAT II: Each SAT II is scored between 200 (Minimum) and 800 (Maximum) with 10-point increment.