All about the SAT Test

All about the SAT Test
The SAT® or SAT I A SAT® is a standardized test from the CollegeBoard to measures Mathematical, Reading and Writing skills of students aspiring to do their undergraduate studies in the United States. The test also intends to help Undergraduate Schools to assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Most universities in the US ask for SAT® scores (or equivalent ACT® scores) from all applying students. The examination is entirely a paper-based test and is scored on a maximum of 1600. There are no negative marks for incorrect answers. The SAT® score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school but is an important factor in the selection process. The SAT® has following sections – Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing & Language test.  

What is the scoring scale for the SAT®?
  • The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800
  • The Reading, Writing and Language section is scored on a scale of 200-800
  • The Essay is scored separately on a scale of 2-8
  • The entire SAT® test score ranges from 400-1600
SAT® Subject Test or SAT® II Subject Tests (formerly SAT® II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Many top colleges ask for SAT® Subject Test scores. This examination is also 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, Maths Level 1, Maths Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages. The US-based CollegeBoard develops and administers both the SAT® I and SAT® II. CollegeBoard is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about the SAT® you can refer to the official website of SAT®-www.collegeboard.com Common Queries
  • How do I register for the SAT?
Registration can be done online on the College Board website - www.collegeboard.org
  • What's the cost of taking the SAT?
SAT registration fee is currently USD 94 (plus USD 12 for the optional essay)
  • When is the SAT test held?
Both SAT® I and SAT® II are offered 6 times a year. They are offered in May, June, October, November, December and January. One cannot take SAT® I and SAT® II on the same day. You can refer to this test calendar
  • What is the validity of the SAT test?
SAT® score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was taken
  • What is the scoring pattern of the SAT exam?
Scoring pattern is as follows :
  • 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® I score ranges from 400-1600
  • How soon do I get my score after the exam?
You will receive the scores 3 weeks after the exam date
  • Is essay required for the SAT?
Many of the top universities do ask for the essay so we suggest you write it. The full and updated list of colleges requiring essay scores can be found at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/college-essay-policies

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