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What is the significance of SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)?


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Introduction

SAT, though its name has been changed several times, was originally called Scholastic Aptitude Test and now it's only known as SAT.  Around 1.5 million students take SAT exam each year. It’s run by the College Board, a non-profit that also administers the PSAT and the AP (Advanced Placement) program. The College Board allows candidates from all over the world to sit for SAT.  First started in 1926 this is one of the two standardized tests of US. The other test is ACT which was introduced in 1959. In 1940 when the Dean of Harvard University started accepting SAT score as a measure of intellectual knowledge of the students, this started acceptance of SAT scores. Out of these two SAT is accepted by most of the Universities.

 

Who needs to sit in SAT

During the British Period, Indians started to travel abroad for studies, mostly due to lack of education facilities n India. Today also, there are a lot of courses which are not provided by any India University.

So, to take admission in any US Universities, you have to give SAT since most require you to submit test scores with your application. Eligibility for giving SAT, since it’s for undergraduate courses, is only high school education. It basically shows your measuring key skills like reading comprehension, computational ability, and clarity of expression. The SAT costs $54.50 (plus additional fees if testing outside the United States). It’s a computer-based exam. For Indian applicants, the fee for SAT comes out to be ~$106 (with written essay), or ~$94 (without essay). In Indian Rupees, the SAT exam fee is around 6200-7000 INR.

 

Types of SAT

There are two types of SAT exams, SAT Reasoning Test & SAT Subject Test. SAT consists of three major sections: Critical ReadingMathematics, and Writing. The first section critical reading and this section includes reading passages and sentence completions. It is divided into three sub-sections. This section has multiple choice questions. The next section is allotted 35 minutes and will have 44 questions as according to the 2017 rules. As per the SAT test pattern 2017, test takers will be given 80 minutes to solve 57 questions for the last section. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800, for a possible total of 2400. Reading -200-800 points (70 Minutes), Math-200-800 points (70 Minutes), and Writing-200-800 points (60 Minutes). Total test time is 3 hours and 45 minutes. For every correct answer, one point is given and students lose ¼ point for an incorrect answer. No points are deducted for omitted answers.

The Centers for SAT in India are Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochin, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi and Pune.

SAT Pattern

Both the SAT Test Patterns follow different formats to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge. While SAT Reasoning test is taken to assess a student’s reading, writing and mathematical ability the SAT Subjects Test assess candidate’s expertise in specific subjects. SAT Subjects test is optional. If a student wishes to take the SAT exam to illustrate his strength in the particular subject at the time of admission in college, then the student can take the exam, its duration is one hour for all subjects.

Choice of Subjects

The SAT subject test tests a variety of things. You can choose what you want to take the test in Chemistry, Physics, English, Spanish, etc. Many subjects are tested. The SAT Subject Tests are quite different from the SAT 1. To prepare for those, you need to focus more on the actual content than on the exam structure. You should take a practice test of the Subject Test you're planning on taking, and see how well you do. In general, most of the colleges and universities do not require SAT II, except some highly competitive schools like Harvard, Carnegie Mellon etc. But most of the colleges require either ACT or SAT I for college admission decision.

SAT Validity

SAT scores are valid for 5 years. DASA scheme applies to people of Indian origin staying abroad. There are NITs ( National Institute of Technology) in India which Accept SAT subject scores for Physics, Chemistry and Math level 2 in order to get admissions for students who are living abroad, DTU, some IIITs, Indraprastha & also there are some centrally funded Institutions in India which accept SAT score.

All The Best!

For more details: http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

 

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