Scholastic Assessment Test popularly known
as SAT is a pre requisite to seek your Under graduation Admission in United
States of America.
SAT measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills.
SAT scores are intended to supplement the secondary school record and
help admissions officers put local data-such as course work, grades, and
class rank-into national perspective.
College Board, a nonprofit organization conducts the SAT Examinations.
All most all the colleges and universities in the United States of America
require SAT scores for undergraduate admissions.
SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and
Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200-800. All scores
are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of
the three sections. Each major section is divided into three parts. There
are 10 sub-sections, including an additional 25-minute experimental or
"equating" 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, completion of biographical
sections, and eleven minutes of timed breaks, run about four and a half
hours long. The questions range from easy, medium, and hard depending
on the scoring from the experimental sections. Easier questions typically
appear closer to the beginning of the section while harder questions are
towards the end in certain sections. This is not true for every section
but it is the rule of thumb mainly for math and sentence completions and
The Critical Reading section of the SAT is
made up of three scored sections, two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute
section, with varying types of questions, including sentence completions
and questions about short and long reading passages. Critical Reading
sections normally begin with 5 to 8 sentence completion questions; the
remainders of the questions are focused on the reading passages. Sentence
completions generally test the student's vocabulory and understanding
of sentence structure and organization by requiring the student to select
one or two words that best complete a given sentence. The bulk of the
Critical Reading questions is made up of questions regarding reading passages,
in which students read short excerpts on social sciences, humanities,
physical sciences, or personal narratives and answer questions based on
the passage. Certain sections contain passages asking the student to compare
two related passages; generally, these consist of shorter reading passages.
The number of questions about each passage is proportional to the length
of the passage. Unlike in the Mathematics section, where questions go
in the order of difficulty, questions in the Critical Reading section
go in the order of the difficulty of the passage. Overall, question sets
towards the beginning of the section are easier, and Mathematics
The Mathematics section of the SAT is widely known as the Quantitative
Section or Calculation Section. The mathematics section consists of three
scored sections. There are two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section,
- One of the 25-minute sections
is entirely multiple choices, with 20 questions.
- The other 25-minute section contains
8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. The 10 grid-in
questions have no penalty for incorrect answers because the student
guessing is limited.
- The 20-minute section is all
multiple choices, with 16 questions.
The writing section of the SAT includes multiple
choice questions and a brief essay. The essay sub score contributes about
30% towards the total writing score, with the multiple choice questions
The multiple choice questions include error identification questions,
sentence improvement questions, and paragraph improvement questions. Error
identification and sentence improvement questions test the student's knowledge
of grammar, presenting an awkward or grammatically incorrect sentence;
in the error identification section, the student must locate the word
producing the source of the error or indicate that the sentence has no
error, while the sentence improvement section requires the student to
select an acceptable fix to the awkward sentence. The paragraph improvement
questions test the student's understanding of logical organization of
ideas, presenting a poorly written student essay and asking a series of
questions as to what changes might be made to best improve it.
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
Candidates wishing to take the test may register online at the College
Board's website, by mail, or by telephone, at least three weeks before
the test date.
Follow this url to register online