SAT expert tips: Overall scores are bound to inflate in redesigned SAT, says Ajay Koul of USA UnivQuest
SAT expert tips: In March 2016, College Board, the conducting authority of SAT, launched the redesigned SAT which brought some major changes in the test as well as in the scoring pattern of the exam. One of the most important elements that has changed in the test is that unlike earlier, SAT is now scored on a total of 1600 while the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math sections are each scored on a 200 to 800 point scale.
Another interesting feature is that SAT test takers will no longer lose points for incorrect answers and blank responses will have no impact on the test. According to Ajay Koul, Executive Director, USA UnivQuest, the new element is bound to inflate SAT scores of students and also trigger higher cut-offs for students.
In this interview with Careers360, Mr. Koul shares some of his expert insights on Sat preparation and how to get the maximum out of the redesigned SAT.
Q. Would the redesigned SAT test have any impact on the test takers? If so, how?
A. In India, from May 2016 the SAT will undergo a change in format, content and scoring. The new SAT will focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts, instead of just general reasoning skills. No easy points will be available for vocabulary. Since the guessing penalty has been removed, overall scores are bound to inflate. Including the essay section the new SAT is longer that the old one. The Essay has been moved to the end of the test, which though optional, will be required for applying to competitive universities. Overall, USA UnivQuest assesses that students will have to work harder and practice more. Scoring will be easier, reflecting in higher cut-offs for applications.
Q. Could you give pointers on SAT1 preparation as against SAT 2?
A. It is like asking for a comparison between chalk and cheese! The SAT – 1 lays focus on the knowledge, skills and general reasoning – skills identified as most important for college and career readiness. The SAT 2 tests student’s knowledge in a particular subject like Physics, Chemistry, Maths, etc. Unlike others who focus on “gaming” the test, USA UnivQuest lays emphasis on building the knowledge level of students, leading to better results. USA UnivQuest regularly score full 800 is SAT – 2. A lot of our students appear for SAT – 1 while in Grade 10, and score in excess of 2300 out of 2400, which itself is also amazing.
Q. Many universities do not mention the requirement of any SAT subject test. But it is still recommended that aspirants take the test. How does a student decide which SAT subject tests to take besides SAT1?
A. SAT Subject scores tend to add weight to a student's application. It demonstrates the academic strength of a student. As far as test scores are concerned, the more the better. We recommend that students appear in 3 SAT Subject tests. SAT Subject tests are divided into five broad areas: Mathematics, History, Science, Foreign Language and English. To present a well-rounded academic profile, students are encouraged to appear for at least one paper in each of Mathematics, Science and English. For those looking to major in Humanities and Arts, appearing in History and Foreign Language is recommended.
Q. What about mock test? How helpful are simulation tests in SAT (both SAT 1 and 2 preparation)?
A: Practice makes perfect. Students are encouraged to appear in sectional and full length mock tests. Only through an intelligent analysis of mock test performance can a student ensure an improved performance in the actual test.
Q. Which are the core areas of focus for USA UnivQuest?
A. The main focus of USA UnivQuest is to mentor undergraduate students to achieve excellence in their desired fields of study. In India, due to shortage of seats at best quality institutions, students learn to compromise either on the quality of the institution or on the stream that they would like to study. USA UnivQuest offers academic solutions that assist students in living their dreams. We focus our energies in mentoring students for admission in the Top 200 universities across the world, with special emphasis on US universities. These universities are all better than the best available option in India for the student. Our students are admitted at the best institutions across the world, including MIT, University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, etc.
Q. What are the factors that a student should keep in mind before planning for a degree abroad?
A. Studying abroad is not for everyone. A student must be independent, emotionally stable and focused. The parents of such students need to manage the funds required for studying abroad. The minimum total budget for studying in USA will be around Rs 60 lakhs. Scholarships are available, but should not be depended on.
Q. Which elements in the application package should an aspirant focus on to enhance his/her admission possibilities?
A. The primary requirement at elite institutions like MIT, CalTech, Harvard, Stanford, etc. is excellent performance in Grades 9,10, 11 and 12. Great results in Board Exams are not enough. Progression and performance in school, reflected through the Term Exams are also crucial. That apart, performance in SAT – 1 and SAT -2 are critical in the admission process. Increasingly, in order to demonstrate college level thinking and learning skills, students are appearing for Advanced Placement tests, that are also used to determine scholarships at many universities. Equal focus should be there on each of the aforementioned tests.
Q. Majority of the Indian students in USA are enrolled in Postgraduate studies. Do you think it is helpful for Indian students to pursue their UG abroad?
A. Let me answer this question through an example. At MIT, currently 18 students from India are enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs, whereas around 301 Indians are enrolled for studying Master’s degree and above. Lesser interest among Indian students for bachelor’s degree programs means that admission is less competitive. There is another aspect, which is critical for a student’s career. Due to the higher competition for admission in Master’s level programs, only students from the IITs and other elite institutions in India gain admission. Those not admitted to elite Indian institutions have to compromise once again at the master’s level. We say stop the compromise. Instead invest in college education at bachelor’s level; it pays the best return. The Chinese have recognized this anomaly – the number of Chinese students studying bachelor’s degree is USA is almost equal to those studying master’s level programs. We are hoping that a similar realization dawns early on the Indian parent and student. It is better to study bachelor’s degree programs in USA than to be condemned to a lifetime of compromises and mediocrity.
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Questions related to SAT
as you said SAT is not for NEET so how to study in abroad without paying 60 lacs like , if we qualify in NEET is there any need to pay?
Here are the minimum requirements to study MBBS abroad-
- A student must have 17 years old as on 31 December at the admission year.
- Students must have passed their Higher Secondary Certificate Examination from a recognized Board or any equivalent examination with at least 50 percent marks aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English.
- Candidate must have NEET-UG Qualified.
You can certainly study MBBS abroad without having to fees as much as 60 lacs, there are a lot of other countries to pursue your medical course in much lower cost.
University Tuition Fee (First Year)
- Jinzhou Medical University, China INR 4.1 Thousand
- Nizhny Novgorod State Medical University INR 4.6 Thousand (Nizhgma), Russia
- Hebei United University (HEUT), China INR 1.3 Lakh
- Belgorod National Research University (BelSu),Russia INR 1.3 Lakh
which book is best for SAT NTSE exam
hope you are doing well and safe. With reference to your query, I would glad inform you that their are many decent which you can follow for preparation of SAT NTSE EXAM. Following are some names of them:-
Study Package for NTSE, 5e Paperback – 10 by Stalin Malhotra
Practice Test Papers for NTSE Class X 1st Edition by McGraw Hill Education
comprehensive Manual for NTSE for class X by Abhijit Guha, N.D. Arora,
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Hope you found this answer informative. Best wishes for your future
is SAT is accepted in srm Chennai?
I hope you are doing good,
YES, SRM CHENNAI accepts SAT score.
Students can choose to apply for a SAT score OR from the SRMJEEE run by the University. The SAT school will be admitted to Regular Admissions. The cut-off points for SAT will be in line with our Undergraduate admission selection process. Eligible persons are automatically invited to a private interview.
For more details about the exam and the college you can refer to the below mentioned articles from our portal:
St category rank 11000 jee home sat
Based on previous year analysis... According to your JEE MAIN 2021 ST category Rank...
Some of the colleges in which you would have possibility of getting a seat are given below
Lakshmi Narain college of Technology
Bhopal Institute of Technology
Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology
Bhagwaan Parshuram Institute of Technology
GNIOT Group of Institutions
For more information you can visit in the JEE MAIN 2021 college predictor tool provided below
Hope this information will help you
my score is 439 in neet 2021. Is there any chance to get medical sat in any state. I have no reservation.
I am assuming you from general category.
It is difficult to make prediction as cut off keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like
------------) number of students that appeared in the neet exam,
------------) kind of marks obtained by them ,
------------) toughness level of the neet examination
------------) number of seats available
------------) the category you are from etc
when we go through previous year trends
>>>>>> With 439 marks,
You have low chances for mbbs in government colleges
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their cut off marks in neet 2020,2nd round all india counselling conducted for 100 % deemed university seats :-
-----------) Yenepoya Manglaore:-436 marks
----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
----------) Institute of Medical Sciences and SUMH, Bhubaneswar:-360 marks
----------) Sri Siddhartha Medical College DU, T Begur:- 328 marks
And a few more
This has been predicted on the basis of previous years data but cutoff keeps changing so to have clear picture of the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
With the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
To help in your counselling, we have mbbs companion in which in addition to college predictor tool you also get information regarding various counselling i. e all india , deemed, central and state counselling and you get to attend live webinars with experts to guide you and get all your doubts cleared. The link is given below:-