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Posted on June 27, 2022
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What is SAT

Objective

Most international colleges require the score as part of the admission process. The SAT score is one of the key elements of the college application process.

About the SAT

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is an entrance test that many colleges and universities use to complete the admission process for international students to join. It is mostly multiple-choice, administered by the College Board by giving the pencil paper. Currently, the college boards are not offering an online version of SAT.

The main objective of the SAT is to assess the high school student’s preparedness for college and the common data specifics that can be used to compare all applicants. The college admission department reviews the standardized test scores along with the school GPA; the high school classes, the letters of recommendation from the mentors and teachers, interviews for admission, extracurricular activities, and personal essays that have been written are considered for the admission process. The SAT scores vary from school to school.

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The higher the score on SAT, you will get multiple options for attending admission interviews, and paying for college opportunities will be available to you.

 When should the SAT exam be taken?

By checking the college application submission timeline, the students must try to give their first SAT exam during September / October of the eleventh class. Even if you do not score better, you will have an option to retake SAT in April / May, or you can even take it after the final exams of the eleventh class.

Mostly, high school students take the SAT, the ACT, or even both during the spring season of junior year or fall of the senior year. You must give time to retake the test if you are willing to raise your scores before applying to college.

 Students need to prepare an exceptional study schedule for SAT, which might require 10 hours per week for two to three months, or you can even study for a couple of hours a week for a minimum of six months.

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The SAT is taken seven times a year, during the months of March, May, June, August, October, November, and December.

In India, the SAT exam is offered nationally every year in March, May, June, August, October, November, and December.

What is on the SAT?

There are three SAT sections:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing

Section

Minutes Given Number of Questions
Reading 65

52

Writing and Language

35 44
Math 80

58

Total

3 hours

154

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How long is the duration of the SAT?

The SAT exam is for 3 hours long and 15 minutes with breaks.

How is the SAT scored?

Each section in SAT is scored on a 200 – 800 point scale. The total score is the sum of the section’s scores. The highest score on SAT is 1600.

Total SAT score

400–1600
Evidence-Based Reading

200–800

and Writing Section

Math Section

200–800

How do I register for the SAT?

Steps to register for the SAT exam online. Register for SAT exam approximately five weeks before the test date. Register for it online on the College Board websites.

Step 1: Sign up for a College Board account with your full, legal name as per photo ID.

Step 2: When registering, answer questions about yourself that might help you for college admission.

Step 3: Upload your photo that meets the College Board requirements. That photo will be part of your Admission Ticket and will be checked against your photo ID on test day to ensure security.

Also read…

College Board: SAT to be completely digital by 2024

How can I prep for the SAT?

Understanding the SAT exam pattern, practicing the skills and strategies relevant to the test, and applying for the SAT.

Take the complete test every 1-2 weeks under a time constraint of 3 hours. 

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