All About SAT Exam: Syllabus, Registration & TipsUpdated on 26 May, 2022
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The SAT exam is a standardized assessment that is required for applications to undergraduate educational programs in other countries. The examination tracks the overall readiness of students along with enabling predictions of college outcomes. The SAT exam in India and other countries comprises three compulsory sections, namely Writing & Language, Math, and Reading. The optional Essay section has been discontinued starting this year. Composite SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores usually range between 400 and 1600 and is the sum of scores in sections- Reading & Writing (200-800) and Math (200-800). The overall duration to take the test is three hours.
The entrance test is administered under the aegis of the College Board and must be given by aspirants to leading undergraduate institutions. Those aspiring to study in countries like Canada and the US should appear for the SAT exam. The College Board brought SAT in 2018 after the Higher Education Alliance with several institutions. The fee for the test takers is $104 (INR 7,673 approximately).
Candidates should register for the examination since its scores are vital for getting entry to several leading colleges throughout India and even abroad. The scores are also used for providing academic scholarships. 30+ Indian universities (it is a growing number) accept SAT scores as part of college applications. A single test will open up avenues for application to several domestic universities, offering courses in fields like Journalism and Design, Business Management, Law, Engineering and Liberal Art. The SAT exam scores are also accepted at almost every university in the US and Canada along with institutions in the UK and Australia.
Till last year, the College Board was conducting two types of the SAT exam, General Test and Subject Test, in the US and other international locations. However, the body has discontinued the SAT Subject Test starting this year.
SAT General Test is a general examination which has been created for evaluation of verbal, written and mathematical abilities of students.
The SAT exam eligibility criteria depend on various factors. The College Board has not officially established any particular eligibility guidelines for those wishing to appear for this test. There is no maximum or minimum age limit for taking this examination. Studies have shown that students in the 17-19 age group are among the highest takers of the test. The examination can also be taken as many times as desired by the students. It is administered every year in India about five times. The examination usually takes place in March, August, May, December and October each year.
Those willing to appear for the SAT should get themselves registered beforehand. Registrations may be done via mail in the offline method or through an online method which is more convenient and practical. In the latter system, aspirants have to create their login IDs for the official site and then undertake the procedures for registration accordingly. Here’s taking a closer look at the same:
With regard to registering via mail, you will require the Student Registration Guide for SAT which is provided at institutions. The guide has a return envelope and registration form. The form should be dispatched in addition to a demand draft. The local SAT representative in India is known as the USIEF and the mailed forms are sent directly to their regional office. Since a limited number of seats are available at all official testing centers, candidates should book slots well in advance for avoiding hassles.
Those looking to appear for the examination will have to pay fees/charges for this purpose. The fee for taking the SAT is approximately $55 (approx. ₹4,058) and the non-US regional fees stand at $49 (approx. ₹3,615), thus the total charge is $104 or approximately ₹7,673.
Aspirants have to pay a cancellation fee of $26 or approximately ₹1,918. Cancellation fee is costly, and the only refunds issued are $10 (₹ 740). An additional $30 or approximately ₹2,213 has to be paid for getting specific services like changing the test center or date. Those in the 11th and 12th standards in the US and UK territories may be eligible for a waiver on their fees. The US citizens staying outside may get the same as well.
The upcoming SAT exam dates for 2022 are as follows:
|SAT Exam Date||Last date for registration||Last date to make changes|
|7th May 2022||8th April 2022||26th April 2022|
|4th June 2022||5th May 2022||25th May 2022|
The SAT exam syllabus contains several courses studied by aspirants throughout the years. This includes the following components-:
Writing- (44 questions)
Critical Reading- (52 questions)
Mathematics- (58 questions)
The examination pattern is given as follows-
There are 154 questions in all and the total score for them is 1600.
Every section of SAT will be evaluated on a scale of 200-800 points. The total score will be the sum of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (cumulative score of SAT Writing and Reading) and Math section.
Both the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) sections make for 800 points each. Initial scoring (i.e. the raw score) is done on a scale of 10-40 points. This is changed into a 200–800 points scale and this makes up the end score for the EBRW section. Math is divided into No-Calculator and Calculator sections that contain 20 and 38 questions respectively. This is initially scored on a scale of 10-40 points and is converted thereafter into 200-800 section scores.
The minimum score is 400 (combined total) for the Math and EBRW sections. The lowest score is 200 for individual SAT sections. The College Board offers benchmarks, depending on the grade in which a student is appearing for SAT. Students meeting the score benchmark will have a 75% chance of getting a ‘C’ in the first college semester as per the College Board.
A green sign signifies that you have matched or surpassed the minimum required score. A yellow sign indicates a score that falls just a year short of the academic growth for the next benchmark. A red sign denotes a score that is way lower than the earlier threshold. The below table will help you understand this:
|Specific Grade/Time of Taking Test||Math Benchmark Threshold||EBRW Benchmark Threshold||Cumulative Benchmark|
|Ready for College||530||480||1010|
Cross-test scores, an element of the SAT exam result that measures a candidate’s problem-solving skills, is marked between the range of 10 to 40. Scores of this component are calculated on the basis of two predominant criteria, namely Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies.
Sub score is another part of the SAT assessment and the score in this segment ranges between 1 to 15. The sub-scores for EBRW are evaluated on the following:
The sub-score for Math is evaluated on the following:
Obtaining the SAT exam results is not a difficult task. The scores are usually available three weeks after giving the test. You can follow these instructions for accessing your results in the SAT:
The College Board India Scholars Program offers students from lower-income groups (with family income of less than ₹8 lakh) up to 90% off SAT registration fees as well as scholarships at participating Indian universities, including some that cover the full tuition fees. Income-eligible students who get a total SAT score of 1300 or higher may qualify for a merit-cum-need scholarship at participating universities. Scholarship amounts are based on the student’s annual family income.
SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test and is a standardized exam used by most US colleges and universities to make admissions decisions for UG programs. It is 3-hour long and has two sections - Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.
Changes made to the SAT exam in 2016 have made it easier now and one can fare well in the assessment through the right preparation. Post the changes there is no negative marking. Most experts are of the view that SAT is easier than the IIT entrance exam.
Indian candidates like all others can register for the SAT exam through the official College Board website. They will have to create an account to apply. Anyone can take the exam as there are no defined eligibility criteria.
Candidates must ensure that they start their preparation months before and stick to their study schedule. Practicing mocks go a long way in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and working on them.
SAT is administered by the College Board and is used to measure a high school student's readiness and aptitude for college. Admissions officers consider SAT scores alongside high school GPA, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays.
Anyone can take the exam as there are no defined eligibility criteria.
Post the revisions in 2016, negative marking in SAT has been abolished.
Math and English language are tested for SAT General exam. From 2021, SAT has stopped administering subject tests as part of its reform.
There is no cap on how many times a candidate can appear for the SAT. It is administered five times a year in India. The test is usually conducted in the months of March, May, August, October, and December.
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