The SAT is the most widely conducted test in the USA, Puerto Rico & the US Territories, at least seven times on an yearly basis, while six times at the overseas centers for entering into the US universities. Technically known as SAT I, it stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. To get conveniently into graduate courses, one has to crack this arduous testing format in a fairly good manner. Like all aptitude tests, SAT as well has chosen Maths & English medium to gauge an aspirant's intellectual ability. Many universities even go for SAT-II tests, an hour question paper, as per their requirements.
Essential for examining a candidate's verbal and quantitative reasoning in a general exam for any undergraduate program, SAT involves an exhaustive three hour & 45 minutes test, strictly computer based. The students appear for this all inclusive verbal & mathematical reasoning paper in order to be eligible for reputed US campuses. The total test is a score of 600-2400 out of which each segment ranges from 200 to 800. So, on an average, he needs to score 500, with total average score touching around 1500.
The SAT test is considered as one of the vital indicators amidst many others to evaluate the overall performance of a student at the college level work by colleges & universities. These other indicators include class rank, high school GPA, extracurricular activities, personal essay, and teacher recommendations to name a few. While considering for scholarships, the institute pays attention on the applicant's SAT scores in comparison with the other applicants' scores as well as the accepted scores at an institution. These finally decide the fate of an applicant's request for financial aid.
Administration of the SAT
US-based "College Entrance Examination Board" is responsible for administering the SAT which looks after the entire procedure right from question setting to exam execution to score reporting. It is conducted at 9 Indian centers. SAT is held atleast 6-7 times a year.
Eligibility and Fees
SAT is applicable to any student irrespective of age group & qualification. Up to five years old SAT scores are considered by most universities.
Mode of Payment
The test fees for SAT is payed in the following modes :
• Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
• Bank draft (only in dollar draft)
• Drawing checks on a U.S. Bank
• United States Postal Service money order
• International money order
• UNESCO coupon
• Postal reply coupon
SAT Content and Format
The SAT-I is divided into seven sections which makes it a three hour paper. These are :
• Verbal section is a 30 minutes round with 35 questions on sentence completion, analogy questions & critical reading. They each have 10, 13 & 12 questions respectively.
• This Verbal segment is a 30 minutes section with 30 questions on sentence completion, analogy questions & critical reading.
• Verbal section dealing with questions on critical reading on paired passages. It has 13 questions to be completed within 15 minutes.
• Mathematic section with multiple choice questions to be finished in 30 minutes.
• This Mathematic segment is a 30 minute one with questions on quantitative comparisons & student-produced-response questions.
• A 15 minutes mathematic multiple choice segment.
• 30 minutes experimental section having either verbal or mathematics questions.
While SAT-II Subject tests deals with questions on a wide array of subjects such as writing, science, literature, American history and social studies, world History, maths etc.
Maximum of five universities are reported with the candidate's SAT results, a provision given by the College board. The student has to figure out his choice of universities before he appears for the actual test which are mentioned in his application form. The cost is met while paying for the form itself.
SAT Scoring Pattern
The SAT scores are in three parts which are :
• Separate score for Verbal section (200-800 marks).
• Separate score for Mathematics section (200-800 marks).
• Total score of 400-1600 marks.