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The SAT is owned by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the USA and is accepted by more than 1400 universities in America. It is used as a tool to gauge the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.
The SAT takes place between October to June and can be taken multiple times.
The new SAT exam structure continues to focus on testing the reasoning skills of the candidate. The blueprint has also emphasized on putting the vocabulary of the candidate to test on a wider ground, which earlier, was tested in some limited contexts.The grounds of testing the comprehension and analytical skills of the students appearing for SAT are:
|SECTION||NO. OF QUESTIONS||TIME ALLOTTED|
|Evidence based (reading)||52||65|
|Writing and language||44||35|
The essay is an optional aspect that a student may attempt in case his/her desired university takes its score into consideration. A time duration of 50 minutes is given to the student to attempt the essay and its score is given separately. Many universities in the U.S.A. do not take the essay score.
SAT subject test is taken to provide an evidence of language proficiency as per the choice of student. Some colleges allow students to choose which tests to take while others specify the Subject test as part of their entrance requirements. The students can take the subject test in more than one language as well.
The new SAT scoring blueprint is even more beneficial for the candidates as they will not be penalized for any incorrect answer or guessing. The students will also have a chance to analyze their areas of weakness as the changed SAT score report will be an intensive one. According to the new SAT exam structure, the solution sets will be scored as follows.
|Section||Scaling Range (400-1600)|
|Evidence based reading||200-800|
|Writing and language||200-800|
|Essay (Optional)||Scaled separately between 2 and 8 points|
What major changes were made in the new SAT and are they beneficial?
The basis of testing vocabulary skills and the subjects of mathematics has been changed in the new SAT. The changes are meant to make the test more accessible to all test takers.
SAT is scheduled seven times in a year from October to June. It is recommended to take the test no more than 3 times.
The exam durations is 3 hours (+50 minutes for essay, optional)
SAT is scored on a scale running from 400 to 1600. The two major sections - Evidence based reading and Writing and Mathematics are scaled between 200 and 800 while the Essay is scored separately since it is subjective.
Attempting to write the essay is optional and depends on the pre-requisites of the university you are applying for.
The basis of testing vocabulary skills and the subjects of mathematics has been changed in the new SAT. Also, it will have a composite score going forward (including that of the essay, if given).
The new SAT scoring pattern is highly beneficial for students as it does not penalize candidates for wrong answers and offers a comprehensive score report which can help students identify their areas of weaknesses.
You need to register for SAT at least 4-5 weeks before the date of exam.
It is not necessary to take SAT-II. It depends on the university and course you’re applying for.