SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is a standardized test with a pre-defined syllabus that is designed to test critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to analyze and solve problems in math, critical reading, and writing. This test is usually taken by students who are applying for a specialized field of study such as English Literature, World History, Mathematics, Biology or Chemistry.
The 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|
|Section||Component||Time Allotted (min.)||Number of Questions/Tasks|
|2||Writing and Language||35||44|
|3||Math (No Calculator)||25||20 (5 Grid-in)|
|4||Math (Calculator)||55||38 (8 Grid-in)|
|Total||180 (230 with Essay)||154 (155 with Essay)|
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 SAT scoring pattern is 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|
|SAT QUICK FACTS|
|Frequency/year||Months of exam||Time Duration||Sections||Maximum Score/ section|
|7 times||October to June||3 Hours + 50 minutes (optional)||Math, Evidence based reading, Writing and language, Essay(writing)||800|
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.
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