SAT is a test taken by high school graduates for admission at undergraduate level in Universities in US. It is also accepted by many Universities and colleges in Canada. SAT is owned and developed by the College Board, a non profit organization in the US. It is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on behalf of the College Board.
There are two types of SAT tests – SAT Reasoning Test, known popularly as SAT – and SAT Subject Tests – known popularly as SAT 2. Students generally take the SAT Reasoning Test unless their college or University demands them to take the SAT Subject Tests as well.
SAT was previously called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Scholastic Assessment Test. The test measures the college readiness of high school students. Students are tested via three sections – Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The marks are provided in the range of 400 to 1600.
The first SAT Test was taken in 1926. More than 1.7 million students take the test each year now. The duration for the test is three hours. Additional 50 minutes will be provided if you take the optional essay writing test. The standard fee for the exam is $45 without the essay and $57 with the essay. The fee varies based upon country. It is $49 for tests taken from Nepal.
SAT AT GAMA EDUCATION
GAMA Education Consultancy has been providing SAT preparation classes for over a decade. We have one of the most experienced SAT teaching team in Nepal. We have a huge collection of SAT preparation and practice resources. Our classrooms are spacious and have all the required infrastructure for a proper SAT training.
Our practice heavy approach has worked wonders for our past students with most of them scoring healthily in their SAT exams. Hundreds of our students are now studying at top US Universities and colleges on the strength of their SAT score.
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SAT has three sections – Reading, Writing and Mathematics. There is also an optional Essay Writing Section. The total time provided for the test is three hours. You will be provided extra 50 minutes if you take the Essay Writing Test.
The Reading and Writing Section is scored together. Scores are provided in the range of 200 to 800. The score for the Mathematics Section is also provided in the range of 200 to 800. The final score is the sum of these two scores and is distributed on a range of 400 to 1600. If students take the Essay Writing Test, the score will be provided separately from the overall score.
The SAT Reading Section consists of 52 questions to be answered in 65 minutes. You will be provided with five reading passages and each passage will be followed by about 10 questions. The passages will be related to Science, Social Studies and History. Usually, one passage will be from Literature, one from US Founding Documents, one from Social Sciences and two from Natural Science. All questions are multiple choice based and carry no negative marking.
You will need to answer 44 questions in 35 minutes in the SAT Writing and Language Test Section. All questions are multiple choice based and there is no negative marking for incorrect answer. You will be provided with passages to read and you will have to spot errors in the passages and correct them. Knowledge of sentence structure, ability to correctly use punctuation, ability to better the quality of writing, choice of words etc. are tested in the section.
This section has 58 questions to be answered in 80 minutes. There are two subsections – Math with calculator and Math without calculator. The math without calculator section has 20 questions two be answered in 25 minutes. Fifteen questions are multiple choice ones and five questions are without choices. The math with calculator section has 38 questions to be answered in 55 minutes. 30 questions have multiple choices and eight questions are without choice.
SAT SCORE MEANING
The average SAT score in 2017 was 1,060. The average score for the Reading and Writing Section was 533. The average for the Math Section was 527. A score of above 1,060 will put you ahead of most students but a score just above average might not be sufficient for good Universities and colleges.
There is no set standard for a good SAT score but since you will be competing with other students for admission, your Percentile Rank will be of even greater importance than your absolute score. A Percentile Rank tells how many percent of students you were better than or equal to. A 90th Percentile Rank means you were better than or equal to 90 percent of test takers.
Let us take at a look at the corresponding Percentile Rank for SAT score based on 2017 results.
SAT SCORE PERCENTILE RANK
Above 1540 99.5
Above 1480 99
Above 1420 97
Above 1340 93
Above 1280 88
Above 1150 72
Above 1010 48
Above 870 24
Above 730 8
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