The SAT is a standardized test for admissions to the college in the United States. Aim is to assess a student’s academic willingness and inclination for college. The SAT tests a student’s knowledge of writing, reading, and math.
The SAT is published, owned, and developed by the College Board, a NPO in the United States. Although with past, it was published, developed, and scored by the ETS which is Educational Testing Service. But now ETS only administers the SAT exam. The current SAT takes 3 hours and 45 minutes after excluding breaks. The students are thus advised to keep themselves updated on fee structure etc by visiting the official College Board website.
SAT consists of 3 sections
Critical Reading section has got three scoring sections – two are 25 minutes each, and one 20 minutes section. It includes long and short passages, and sentence completion exercises.
Sentence completion question basically are given in test as it tests student´s understanding of a sentence structure and vocabulary and the way it is organized by requiring the student to select one or two words that best complete a stated sentence.
Most of Critical Reading questions comprise of questions from reading passages which is also called as Reading comprehension, in which students read short excerpts on Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences and then finally answer questions based on that passage. The number of questions about each passage is directly proportional to the length of the passage.
Coming on to the Writing section of SAT it includes MCQ type questions and a brief essay. The essay sub score contributes nearly 30% towards the total writing score, with the MCQ’s contributing 70% to the overall score.
The multiple choice questions usually have questions like error identification questions, paragraph improvement questions and sentence improvement questions.
The Essay section, which is usually taken as the first section of the test, is only 25 minutes long. All essays must be in reply to a given prompt. NOW WHAT IS A PROMPT… prompts are nothing but broad and a lot philosophical and are proposed to be accessible to students regardless of their social backgrounds and educational.
The 25 minute long section consists of MCQ’s; and the last 10 minute section consist of varying types of effectiveness of expression and sentence correction.
The mathematics section of SAT is widely known as the. The mathematics section consists of three scored sections. There are two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section
- The first 25 minute sections consists of 20 multiple choice questions.
- Quantitative Section or Calculation section is the other 25 minute long section which includes 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. The 10 grid-in questions have no negative marking for wrong answers because the student´s idea or guessing is limited.
- The 20-minute section is all MCQ’s, with 16 questions.
- In Mathematics section, there are questions related to Geometry, Arithmetic, Algebra, and Statistics.
· Students are allowed to use graphical and scientific calculators for the quantitative section of SAT.
- The SAT exam includes 10 sub-sections, including an additional 25-minute “equating” section or experimental that may be in any of the three major sections.
- Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. All scores are multiples of 10.
- Final scores are calculated by totaling up, the scores of all the three sections. Each major section is further divided into 3 parts.
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