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SAT

SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission in undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. 

Applicants to undergraduate courses, particularly in US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages.

A recent review of admissions policies by The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) revealed that many colleges have moved away from SAT subject test, which some years back was crucial for admission to top American universities. 

SAT Fee:

$52.5 (approx.) plus $42 (Non-U.S. Regional Fee)

For subject tests, an additional $26 as basic subject test fee

For SAT subject tests, some additional fee might be required.

SAT Pattern

SAT exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Math, Reading, and Writing. There is an optional section which is called the Essay, which has one 50 minutes long substantial passage from which the student needs to build their argument. Students are not scored on this section. Here we cover the general SAT test pattern.

SAT paper pattern -

Subject

Duration

Subsections

Questions

Score Range

Math

80 minutes

Calculator allowed for 37 questions

Calculator not allowed for 20 questions

  • Problem-solving and data analysis
  • ‘The Heart of Algebra’
  • ‘Passport to Advanced Math’

200-800

Reading

65 minutes

Total 52 questions

  • No Sentence Completion
  • Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)

200-800 (combined with Writing section)

Writing and Language

35 minutes

Total 44 questions

  • Tests ‘Expression of Ideas’ and ‘Standard English Conventions’ through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science
  • All questions from extended prose (400-450 words)

200-800 (combined with Reading section)

Essay (optional)

50 minutes

One 50 minutes optional essay

This section requires students to evaluate an argument through analysis of evidence

not scored

Total

3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)

154 questions

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1600