SAT

The SAT (formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment Test, and the SAT Reasoning Test; different from the SAT Subject Test) is one of two standardized tests used for college admissions. It is offered by College Board only 7 times a year.

Beginning March 2016, the New SAT format has been used. There are 4 required sections on the SAT: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (calculator allowed), and an optional Writing section. Unlike previous versions of the exam, there are no penalties for guessing and each correct answer is awarded a raw point. For more details about the new changes and the differences between the old format and the new format: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

Here is a breakdown of each section and what is being covered in each section:

Section Time Number of Questions Areas Covered
Reading 65 minutes 52 questions(5 passages)
  1. Command of evidence
  2. Words in context
  3. Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science

More details: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/reading

Writing and Language(not the optional SAT Essay section) 35 minutes 44 questions
  1. Command of evidence
  2. Words in context
  3. Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science
  4. Expression of Ideas
  5. Standard English Conventions

More details:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/writing-language

Math Test – Calculator 55 minutes 38 questions

(30 multiple choice, 8 grid-in)

(calculator allowed)

1. Heart of algebra (linear equations, systems of linear equations, linear functions)

2. Problem solving & data analysis (statistics, modeling, & problem-solving skills)

3. Passport to advanced math (non-linear expressions, radicals, exponentials, and other advanced math topics — geometry, trigonometry, & complex numbers)

More details:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/math

Math Test- No Calculator 25 minutes 20 questions

(15 multiple choice, 5 grid-in)

(NO calculator allowed)

1. Heart of algebra (linear equations, systems of linear equations, linear functions)

2. Problem solving & data analysis (statistics, modeling, & problem-solving skills)

3. Passport to advanced math (non-linear expressions, radicals, exponentials, and other advanced math topics — geometry, trigonometry, & complex numbers)
More details:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/math

SAT Essay(optional, but strongly recommended) 50 minutes Written essay
1. Read a passage.2. Explain how the author
builds an argument to
persuade an audience.
3. Support your explanation
with evidence from the
passage

1. Reading (how well the
passage was understood)2. Analysis (how well the
passage was analyzed &
explained about the author
building his/her argument to
persuade the audience)

3. Writing (how well the
response was crafted)
More details:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/essay

TOTAL (without writing) 3 hours _______________
_______________
TOTAL (with writing) 3 hours, 50 minutes _______________ _______________

Except for the optional SAT Essay section, the score for the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section ( Reading and Writing & Language) and the score for the Math Section (Math Test-Calculator & Math Test-No Calculator) range from 200 to 800, with 800 being the highest score. The Total score is the sum of these 2 scores (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) for a total range between 400 and 1600.

For the SAT Essay section, the separate scores range from 2 to 8 for each part: Reading, Analysis, and Writing, so there should be 3 separate scores ranging from 2 to 8 for the SAT Essay portion of the exam. There are 2 graders of the essay that give the essay a score between 1 and 4 for each of the 3 parts. Those 2 scores from both graders are then combined to form the 2 to 8 score range.

The SAT has a program called Score Choice, which you can use to send only a particular day’s test scores to colleges if you did well on that day or all of your scores from all of your test attempts. However, you CANNOT send the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score from one day and the Math score from another day. Also, not all colleges participate in Score Choice, so always check with the particular school before using Score Choice to send your scores to that collge.

For more information about the SAT, go to the official SAT Study Guide For Students on the SAT website, which also includes practice questions/problems to solve:: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/study-guide-students

Official SAT website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

Comparison of ACT vs. SAT: http://college-prep-guide.com/act-vs-sat/

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject tests are hourlong exams specific for a certain subject. There are 20 different subject tests offered in 5 general areas:

  • English (Literature)
  • History (US History, World History)
  • Languages (Spanish, Spanish with Listening, French, French with Listening, Chinese with Listening, Italian, German, German with Listening, Modern Hebrew, Latin, Japanese with Listening, Korean with Listening)
  • Math (Math Level 1, Math Level 2)
  • Sciences (Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics)

More information about each specific subject test can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/subjects

The SAT Subject Tests are usually offered on the same days as the regular SAT test at the same testing center, except for the language tests with listening (Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean), which are offered only in November and may require a CD player. Up to 3 subject tests can be taken on the same day, but the regular SAT and the SAT Subject Test(s) CANNOT be taken together on the same day (so either just the regular SAT test OR 1-3 SAT Subject Tests can be taken). The SAT Subject Test scores range from 200 to 800.

It is highly recommended that you take the SAT Subjects Tests in a subject that you are comfortable, strong, and interested in, especially if you did well in an honors, advanced, AP, and/or IB level of the course or are fluent in another language. The SAT Subject Test is a great way to show to colleges that you know the subject material very well and that you can do well and are interested in a particular major or program of study. If you do exceptionally well on a particular SAT subject test that corresponds with a lower division level of the course offered by the college, your college might even give you course credit or waive a prerequisite!

If you’re stuck about which subject test to take, try to take a test that is related to your interested college major or program of study. If you are fluent in a language and can read, write, and orally comprehend the language, then take the subject test for that language. Colleges always love to see that you have mastered the advanced concepts not covered by the math sections of the regular SAT test, so if you can, take the Math Level 2 subject test. Finally, take the test in a subject that you are genuinely interested in because the more interest you have in that subject, the more likely you will study for it!

More information about the SAT Subject Tests can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/about

Ready To Register For The SAT?

Great! These are the tips you’re looking for to sign up for the test:

  1. Go to the Registration page on the SAT website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register
  2. If you have not yet created an account on College Board, create it now!
  3. You will find information about what you need to register, including fee information, test dates and registration deadlines, test center locations, test change information, and a photo requirement.
    1. YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO ELECTRONICALLY TO YOUR ACCOUNT IN ORDER TO TAKE THE TEST! Don’t wait! Do this ASAP!
      Here are the guidelines for the photo: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/policies-requirements/photo
    2. Make sure your name and information matches exactly what is on your photo ID. You might not be admitted to the test if your information does not match what is on your ID!
  1.    Here is a table of all test dates & registration deadlines:

2017-18 SAT Dates
Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Required)
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017
November 4, 2017* October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018** February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018

* SAT Subject Language Tests with Listening offered on this date
** No SAT Subject Tests offered on this date

2017-18 International Dates and Deadlines
Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Required)
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018** February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018


** No SAT Subject Tests offered on this date

  1.     Fees –

SAT (no Essay):          $46

o    Includes 4 free score reports
SAT (with Essay):       $60

o    Includes 4 free score reports

    SAT Subject Tests:   $26 registration for 1 test date

 +    $21 additional for each subject test (except for Language with Listening)

+    $26 additional for each Language Test with Listening

o    Includes 4 free score reports

For additional fees, check the website:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/fees

You can also apply for the SAT fee waiver if you meet the criteria for it. The fee waiver can be used for 2 SAT Tests and 2 SAT Subject Tests. You can also apply to 4 colleges for free and receive 4 additional score reports for free. More info about fee waivers: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/fees/fee-waivers

For complete registration info: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-registration-booklet-students.pdf

Looking For SAT Test Prep Resources & Tips?

  1. Check out our Test Prep Service/Tutoring Academies page: http://college-prep-guide.com/test-prep-services-tutoring-academies/
  2. Check the official website for free test prep resources, including an official study guide, a paper practice test, Daily Practice App for phone & tablets, and free online practice:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

  • College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy to provide free online SAT prep, including 8 official full-length practice tests and thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints/explanations: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
  1. Use these online resources for test strategies and tips:

o    Prep Scholar: http://blog.prepscholar.com/topic/sat-strategies

o    Princeton Review: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/3-sat-tips

Finally Ready to Conquer the SAT?

Don’t forget to bring these items with you on test day!

  1.     Your printed admission ticket
  2.     Acceptable photo ID (make sure the name matches what’s on your ticket!)

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/id-requirements

  1.     several sharpened No. 2 pencils (2 or 3 pencils should be enough) – no pens or mechanical
    pencils!
  2.     Good erasers
  3.     Permitted calculator (check the SAT website to make sure your calculator is okay to use on
    the test!)

Calculator policy: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy

  1.     A regular wristwatch
  2.     Water and snacks to munch on during your permitted scheduled break (keep them in your
    backpack/bag/purse during the test!)

SAT Test Day Checklist:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/test-day-checklist

Prepare well and good luck!

 


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