Scholastic Aptitude Test , commonly called as SAT-I, is required to be taken by students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in USA, Canada and Singapore. It provides a standardized way for colleges to review eligibility of all applicants and is usually given in eleventh or first half of twelfth grade. Different schools have different SAT score requirements. A higher score means better chances of getting admission into a particular university.
The SAT, which lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes, is administered by College Board. It is a paper based reasoning test that measures critical reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning skills.
The critical reading section comprises questions on reading passages and sentence completion. This section lasts for 70 minutes and includes one 20 minute section and two 25 minute sections.
The writing section is 60 minutes long and has one 10 minute section and two sections for 25 minutes each. It includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
The mathematics section contains questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. This also lasts 70 minutes and has one 20 minute section and two 25 minute sections.
All sections are scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. There are also two “sub scores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12. There is 1 mark for every correct answer and 1/4 point subtracted for incorrect multiple-choice answer. There is no mark deducted for incorrect student-produced response in the math section.
Test fee: US$91
Mode of registration: online
Score Validity: 5 years
Accepted id : Original and valid passport
Scores can be sent to 4 universities free of cost at the time of registration. To send additional scores the fee is US$11.25 per institute.
The test is administered 6 times a year in India – October, November, December, January, May and June and can be attempted more than once.
Official website: www.collegeboard.com