SAT is a standardized test used for admissions in colleges of United States. SAT is developed by the College Board, a not-for-profit organization. Since its beginning SAT has gone through various changes. The changes in the SAT are intended to provide a better, more complete picture of students readiness for college-level work while focusing the test more clearly on the knowledge, skills and understanding that research shows are essential for college and career readiness and success. The NEW SAT has been redesigned in 2016.SAT is a Paper Based Test with a cost of $96.5 without the essay and $113.50 with essay in India.
SECTIONS OF THE SAT
The NEW SAT has four tests, with the Essay being optional. The three mandatory sections are
- The Reading Test
- The Writing and Language Test
- The Math Test
|TESTS||TIME (MIN)||NUMBER OF QUESTIONS|
|Writing and Language||35||44|
|Total||180 (230 with essay)||154(155 with essay)|
EVIDENCE- BASED READING AND WRITING
The SAT Reading Test will focus on your comprehension and reasoning skills when presented with challenging extended prose passages taken from a variety of content areas.
|SAT READING TEST OVERVIEW|
|Questions||52 passage- based multiple-choice questions|
|Passages||4 single passages; 1 set of paired passages|
|Passage Length||500- 750 words per passage or passage set|
THE WRITING & LANGUAGE TEST
The SAT Writing and Language Test will focus on your ability to revise and edit text from a range of content areas.
|SAT WRITING & LANGUAGE OVERVIEW|
|Questions||44 passage- based multiple-choice questions|
|Passages||4 single passages|
|Passage Length||400-450 words per passage|
The SAT Essay Test is optional. It features an argumentative source text of 650-750 words aimed toward a large audience. Passages will examine ideas, debates, and shifts in the arts and sciences as well as civic, cultural, and political life. The SAT Essay Test will be broken down into three categories for scoring: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. Many competitive colleges will require you to submit the SAT Essay score with the rest of your SAT scores. If you are applying to any of these schools, you should choose the Essay option when you register to take the SAT. Check the college websites for their policies on the SAT Essay.
SAT MATH TEST
The SAT Math Test is broken down into a no-calculator section and a calculator section. Questions across the sections consist of multiple-choice, student-produced response (Grid-in), and more comprehensive multi- part questions.
The SAT Math Test is divided into four content areas: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advance Math, and Additional Topics in Math.
|SAT MATH Test Content Area Distribution|
|Heart of Algebra
|Analyzing and fluently solving equations and systems of equations; creating expressions, equations, and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems rearranging and interpreting formulas|
|Problem Solving and Data Analysis
|Creating and analyzing relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units; describing relationships shown graphically; summarizing qualitative and quantitative data.|
|Passport to Advanced Math
|Rewriting expressions using their structure; creating, analyzing, and fluently solving quadratic and higher order equations; purposefully manipulating polynomials to solve problems|
|Additional Topics in Math
|Making area and volume calculations in context; investigating lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems; and working with trigonometric functions.|
The redesigned SAT includes two sections scores : (1) Evidence- based Reading and Writing, which combines the results on the Reading Test and the Writing & Language Test, and (2) Math, which is derived from the results on the Math Test’s calculator and no-calculator portions. Each of the two section scores will be reported on a scale ranging from 200 to 800. The scores for the Essay will be reported separately and will not be factored into the section scores.
Your total score will range from 400 to 1600 and will be the sum of your scores on the two sections for the SAT : The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section. The total score(400-1600) are enhanced with what the College Board calls “Insight Scores,” which include three or four “Test Scores,” two “Cross Test Scores,” and seven to ten “Subscores.”
The total score is the best known number attached to the SAT.
The NEW SAT no longer penalizes you 0.25 point for getting a multiple-choice question wrong.
All multiple-choice questions now have four choices instead of five.