What is SAT?

The SAT reasoning test is a standardized test conducted by College Board (a non-profit) and used by colleges in the United States, Canada and other countries for admissions. It measures the writing, analytical and problem solving skills of students to measure their readiness before they apply to college. With a non-homogeneous structure of evaluation across the schools in the US, the SAT supplements their grades, putting student performances in a national perspective and to evaluate them. The College Board defines the SAT as “a measure of the critical thinking skills you will need for academic success in college.”No really, what’s the SAT?

Contrary to popular urban myths, the SAT isn’t so much about aptitude as it is about knowing how to play the game. As a supplement to the GPA and with many merit-based scholarships using it for financial decisions, it is an opportunity to make up for the over 4000 hours of effort you make in high school with as little as 20 hours’ preparations.

The SAT low down:

Getting a foundation early ensures that you don’t have to cram it all in later. It’s also important to be ready for the SAT before, say, October of your first year at high school because that’s when you’ll take the PSAT. The PSAT can qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship and has become increasingly important to colleges as a supplement to students’ SAT scores. The PSAT is set up the exact same way as the SAT, but with shorter sections and fewer questions. The SAT is a very predictable test. It is divided into three parts:

The SAT Structure image
The structure of the new SAT.

Scoring:

The SAT is scored by converting your “raw score” for the math and verbal sections of the test to a “scaled score” out of 800.

The questions have equal weight, with a correct answer earning one raw point. No points are deducted for incorrect questions. The final score is derived from the raw score; the precise conversion chart varying from each test administration. The total final score will be on 1600 with an additional essay score.

Taking the exam:

The SAT is offered six times a year in India:

  1. October
  2. November
  3. December
  4. March
  5. May
  6. June

The test is offered on the first Saturday of the month (apart from in March when it is the 2nd saturday). Students receive their online score reports approximately three weeks after test administration with each section graded on a scale of 200–800. n addition to their score, students receive their percentile.

Free Training:

We at AP Guru have put in free guides and tutorials for you to ace the SAT. Please visit our SAT Free Training page.

So... :

To beat the SAT, you don’t need to be smart...just smart-er than the test! An alternative to the SAT is the ACT that is increasingly finding more takers. And that’s what we’re going to talk to you about next.

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