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SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test

Administered by

College Board, Educational Testing Service

Required for

Assessing academic skills of students for college/university programs
 

Validity:

5 years
 

Reporting:

  • Taking the test on a weekend, one can send four score reports for free by designating the recipients during registration. This is valid for nine days only, after which there will be a fee.
  • Taking the test on a weekday, one must choose their free score to be sent on their answer sheet as instructed by one’s school. After test day, there’s a fee.
  • There are options for fee waivers based on eligibility.

Registration:

Online
 

Fees:

US$ 49
 

Forms:

Forms are available on the official College Board website: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/registration
 

Requirements for registration:

Recognizable, individual and head-and-shoulders view photo in any one of the file formats, namely, .jpg, .gif, or .png. Payment via credit card or PayPal.
 

Centres:

Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Bangalore, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Erode, Chandigarh, Pune, Indore, Srinagar, Ranchi, Vijayawada, Surat, Nashik, Sohna, Ootacamund, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Jaipur, Kodaikanal, Rohtak, Gurgaon, Ajmer, Noida, Bhubaneshwar, Aurangabad, Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Kochi, Bhilwara, Guwahati, Kohlapur, Chandanpura, Kanpur, Rajkot, Suri, Gwalior, Calicut, Trivandrum, Madurai, Mussoorie.
 

Confirmation:

Online via College Board account.
 

Rescheduling:

In order to reschedule a test, one must cancel and register for a new test through the College Board account.
 

Cancellation:

Cancellation can be done online through College Board account. If one cancels before or on test day, they will receive a full refund of their registration fee but will be charged a cancellation fee. The cancellation fee before the regular cancellation deadline is $25. The cancellation fee after the regular cancellation deadline is $35. If one cancels their registration and later decide they do want to take the test on that date, they’ll need to register again.
 

Mode:

Paper-based standardized test
 

Number of tests:

One can take the test as many times as one wishes within a year. There are seven dates throughout the year.
 

Scores:

  • The range of scores is 400-1600.
  • A good SAT score is anything above 1050 and specifically, 1350, which would put one in the top 10% of test takers.
  • The total score is the sum of the two section scores: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.
  • Each of these two section scores has a possible range of 200–800.
  • The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score is composed of the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test.
  • The Math section score is made up of the Math Test only.
  • Section scores are based on one’s raw score in each section, which is the number of questions one gets right. Then, the raw score is converted to a scaled score between 200 and 800.
  • One’s test score is a number between 10 and 40. Like the section scores, it’s calculated by converting the raw score (number of questions answered correctly) to a scaled score from 10 to 40.
  • To get the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score, one multiplies the test scores for Reading and for Writing and Language by 10 and then add them together. To get the Math section score, one multiplies the Math Test score by 20.
  • The seven subscores on the SAT each have a possible score in a range of 1–15.
  • Cross-test scores are drawn from more than one of the three tests. There are two cross-test scores: Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Both scores are made up of 21 questions on the reading test, 6 on the writing and language and 8 on the math test, for a total of 35 questions on the SAT contributing to each of these scores. The raw score from 1 to 35 for each test is converted to a scaled score between 10 and 40.

Overview of the test:

  • Total time: 3 hours
  • Type: Multiple-choice except for some math problems

Component

Time Allotted (Minutes)

Number of Questions/Tasks

Contains

Reading

65

52

5 reading passages followed by multiple-choice questions

Writing and Language

35

44

Reading 4 passages to find and fix mistakes and multiple-choice questions

Math

80

58

Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math & Additional Topics in Math (no-calculator and calculator portions)

Total

180

154

Benefits of a high SAT score:

  • Included in the top 10% of test-takers
  • Higher chances of admission at top universities or universities of one’s choice
  • Better chances of acquiring a scholarship or other funding
The above information is acquired from the official SAT website. For further information, please contact us or visit the website: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org

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