SAT Reasoning Test (Newbies)

The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is administered by the College Board not-for-profit corporation in the United States and is developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). After SAT's introduction in 1901, its name and scoring has changed several times. In 2005, the test was renamed as "SAT Reasoning Test" with possible scores from 600 to 2400 combining test results from three 800-point sections (math, critical reading, and writing), along with other subsections scored separately. Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That's why more than two million students take the SAT every year.
Benefits of a SAT
  • The SAT provides an alternate to the ACT.
  • Usually students will score higher on one test than the other.
  • Colleges of interest can receive your scores and send you information.
  • A high SAT score will increase the chances of admission in top Business Schools.
  • There are good chances of getting some kind of financial assistance with a high SAT score.
  • Visa Officers also give weightage to high SAT scores while considering Visa applications.

SAT Eligibility

SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Indian students who has completed their 12 years of school education successfully from any recognized Indian board or university can take SAT for admission in the different streams available in to various American colleges.

SAT Exam Structure

SAT programs in India and across the world are administered through International Representatives of ETS (Educational Testing Services), United States. The programs are offered as two separate tests-

  1. SAT Reasoning Test
  2. SAT Subject Test

SAT Reasoning Test: consists of three major sections. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are 10 sub-sections, including an experimental section that may be in any of the three major sections. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT and does not count toward the final score. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections, although most administrations, including orientation, distribution of materials, and completion of the biographical sections, run about 5 hours (15–25 minutes per each section) long.

  • Mathematics: The Mathematics section of the SAT consists of three scored sections, possibly four if the student's experimental section is a math section. There are two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section.
  • Critical Reading: The Critical Reading section of the SAT is made up of three or four sections, with varying types of questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages.
  • Writing: The writing section of the SAT includes multiple choice questions and a brief essay. The multiple choice questions include error identification questions, sentence improvement questions, and paragraph improvement questions.
  • The essay section, which is always administered as the first section of the test, is 25 minutes long. All essays must be in response to a given prompt. The prompts are broad and often philosophical and are designed to be accessible to students regardless of their educational and social backgrounds. The essay score accounts for roughly 30% of the writing score; the multiple choice component accounts for roughly 70%.

SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests): are designed to measure the applicant’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas like English, history, mathematics, science and language. The tests do not match any particular textbook or method of instruction. The tests' content evolves to reflect up to date trends in high school curriculum or 10 + 2 school curriculum, but the types of questions vary a bit from year to year.

SAT Registration

Register Online: For taking SAT Reasoning and SAT subject Test, Register ONLINE - It's Fast and Easy! Benefits of online registrations are;

  • Choose the test date and test center
  • Get immediate registration confirmation
  • 24-hour access to registration for printing or correcting admission tickets
  • New EZ Registration to speed up re-registration.
  • To register ONLINE Click Here

Note: Student registering for the first time can not register ONLINE

Special Circumstances: Sunday testing is only available if a candidate cannot test on Saturday due to a religiousNote: You cannot register online if:

  • You are registering for the first time for Sunday testing
  • You are requesting Testing Closer to Home
  • You are testing in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Togo
  • You are younger than 13 years old at the time of registration (applies primarily to Talent Search students)

Registration by Mail: Mail registration is available to anyone. Payment can be made by check, money order, or credit card. The completed registration form must be returned in the envelope provided with proper payment. The SAT Registration Booklet contains test dates, registration deadlines, fees, instructions, test center codes and other registration-related information.

SAT Exam Fees

The current "SAT Reasoning Test" is administered in about 3 hours and 45 minutes and costs $43 ($68 International), excluding late fees.

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