SAT

Learning Wizards’ provides best SAT coaching in Chandigarh. SAT Prep Course is Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test. SAT is a standardised test that helps students seeking admissions in undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. Individuals applying to undergraduate schools in order to pursue any course in US and Canada are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages.

Types of SAT

SAT exam is of two types:
SAT – The SAT exam tests the knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects which are taught every day in high schools. It is a 3 hour 45 minutes long test. Most students start preparing for the SAT during their class 11, and take the exam during their class 12. SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning; it tests the skills students learn at school, which are important and will stay with the student for a lifetime.

Subject Test – Subject tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where they excel. These tests are in the following areas:  English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Languages. Some colleges might ask students to take subject tests or might not. Students should research properly to determine whether the colleges they are applying to require subject tests as part of the application.

SAT Eligibility

There are no particular eligibility criteria to sit for SAT. You need to be an enrolled high school student, with intent of applying to foreign undergraduate universities.

SAT Registration

There are two ways you can register for the SAT exam in India.

Register Online

  • Create a student profile here
  • Choose test date and test centre (Sunday testing and option to choose test centre closer to home is not offered)
  • You will receive immediate registration confirmation
  • Pay the exam fee through credit/debit card or online funds transfer.
  • Registration deadlines are typically about three to four weeks before a test date.
  • Late registration deadlines are typically about two to three weeks before a test date, and registering late will incur a late fee.

Register by Mail

  • You first need ‘The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests’, which is available at schools.
  • The guide includes a registration form and return envelope.
  • The form needs to be sent along with a demand draft.
  • The local representative of SAT in India is the USIEF. The mailed forms will be directed to their regional office.

Admit Card

Candidates can download their admit card from the official website of the SAT and can take the print of the admit card while appearing for the exam. When candidates receive their admission ticket, they have to check it carefully to make sure their identifying information and address on it.

Test Centers

The SAT exam is conducted at the multiple test centres test in following cities :

New Delhi Bangalore Calcutta Cochin Pune
Mussoorie Kodaikanal Hyderabad Mumbai Chennai

SAT Fee

  • The SAT exam test fee is $52.5 (approx.) plus $42 (Non-U.S. Regional Fee).
  • For subject tests, an additional $26 as basic subject test fee.

Exam pattern

SAT exam pattern consist of three sections:

  • Math
  • Critical Reading

There is an optional section which is called the experimental section, which has one 25 minute long question from either Math, reading, or grammar section. Students are not scored on this section. Here we cover the general SAT test pattern.

SAT pattern

Here is the SAT paper pattern –

Subject Total Length Subsections Question Types SAT Score Range
Math 70 minutes Two 25-minute sections

One 20-minute section

44 Multiple-Choice

10 Grid-Ins

200-800
Critical Reading 70 minutes Two 25-minute sections

One 20-minute section

19 Sentence Completions

48 Reading Comprehension

200-800
Writing 60 minutes One 25-minute
student-written essay*One 25-minute
grammar section

One 10-minute
grammar section

18 Identifying Sentence
Errors25 Improving Sentences

6 Improving Paragraphs

200-800
Experimental 25 minutes One 25-minute section Math, Reading, or
Grammar section
not scored
Total 3 hours 45 minutes 10 sections ___ 600-2400

Scoring in SAT

Each section of the SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) is scored on a 200-800 point scale, for a maximum total score of 2400. Students also get two ‘sub-scores’ on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.

SAT subject test scores are measured on a scale of 200 to 800. There are additional sub-scores reported on a 20-80 scale. The scores of a student reflect on how he/she compared with other students who took the test. An average SAT score is around 1800. It may vary from 1800 to 2000. Anything above 2000 is considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on SAT is the perfect score of 2200.

SAT Score Validity – The total scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested.

Here is how SAT score percentile is calculated.

Percentile Score on the 2400 Scale
99+ >2280
99% >2200
98% >2140
97% >2100
93% >1990
88% >1900
81% >1800
72% >1700
61% >1600
48% >1500
36% >1400
24% >1300
15% >1200
8% >1090
4% >990
2% >890

SAT Results

SAT test results are typically released within 4-5 weeks of the test administration, and can be viewed online. Students can choose to send their test scores to colleges of their choice. They also have the option to cancel their test score, or withhold them from being sent to certain colleges.

SAT Stats

For SAT, like other exams, score averages differ for every subject. A science student will need higher marks in Mathematics and an Arts and Humanities student will need higher marks in Reading and Writing section. Before starting with a preparation strategy, you need to identify what is a good SAT score for your program. Here is a table which will give a rough idea about section averages.

Critical Reading – 497
Mathematics – 513
Writing – 487

SAT Syllabus

SAT exam has two test formats – SAT General Test and SAT Subject Test. The SAT syllabus is different for both these types of formats. General Test is the standard exam that tests students’ reading, writing and math skills. For more specific courses a Subject Test might be required by the college, as Subject Test focuses on judging the candidate’s expertise in specific fields.

Here is the SAT exam syllabus covering reading syllabus, writing syllabus and maths syllabus –

  1. The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  2. The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
  3. The mathematics section includes topics like arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Important dates

The SAT is conducted only a few times a year between October to June. You don’t have the luxury of selecting an exam date suitable as per your convenience, which is the case with other exams. You need to plan your exam prep according to these test dates. These exams are scheduled to suit your application deadlines for fall semester.

Here are the exam dates for the year 2015-16:

  1. October 3
  2. November 7 
  3. December 5  
  4. January 23 
  5. May 7  
  6. June 4