From March 2016, the most popular international standardised exam for entry into undergraduate courses- SAT- incorporated new elements in its test pattern. According to College Board, the conducting authority of the exam, the changes have been made to make SAT more ‘relevant in the changing times’.
“The test has been redesigned to make it clearer and useful for the students both at the college level and also in their career paths,” says Lisa Jain-India Representative of College Board.
One of the most important elements that has been changed is that the exam will be scored on a total of 1600 while the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math sections will each be scored on a 200 to 800 point scale.
Below are the few other changes effected in SAT
The Essay will be optional
The duration of the exam will be about 3 hours, with an additional 50 minutes for the Essay
No points will be deducted for incorrect answers
Calculators will be permitted only on certain portions of the Math section, and not throughout.
Before we bring you the changes in the redesigned SAT, let us first take a look at the current SAT pattern.
SAT, basically, has two types of tests. They are: SAT Reasoning Test or SAT and SAT Subjects Test. Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based exams that assess a candidate's strength in specific subjects.
The SAT pattern has the following sections:
Writing: This section includes multiple-choice questions as well an essay, which has been optional now.
Critical reading: This section includes reading passages and sentence completions. The questions are multiple choice based questions and seek to evaluate a student's understanding ability.
Mathematics: This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
SAT is taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by most colleges in the USA and some other countries.
Here we have a table comparing the Current SAT with the redesigned one- both in terms of elements and length of the exam.
Comparison of the Major Features: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Total Testing Time*
*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research
3 hours and 45 minutes
3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Writing and Language Test
Emphasis on general reasoning skills
Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success
Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone and impact
Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
Required and given at the beginning of the SAT
25 minutes to write the essay
Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue
Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
50 minutes to write the essay
Tests reading, analysis and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research
Scale ranging from 600 to 2400
Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing
Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing
Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
Essay results reported separately
Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators and counselors
Length and Timing
Comparison of Test Length and Timing: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Time Allotted (minutes)
Number of Question/ Tasks
Number of Questions/ Tasks
Writing and Language
180 (230 with Essay)
153 (154 with Essay)
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Both the SAT and the MAT exams that you have taken are strictly percentile based.
Applicants appeared for the exams would have got more percentile that yours and that would be the reason for your rejection.
However you can take the exam in the next session and try scoring a percentile of more than 85 which may be a better chance to get qualified.
Best of luck.
The main and the biggest difference is that General SAT tests for the general Knowledge and critical reasoning while SAT subject test your knowledge in specific areas say: biology, math etc.
Also, General SAT is around 3 hours paper whereas, SAT subject is a 1 hour paper. General SAT is offered for around 7 times a year and SAT Subject is offered for like 6 times a year that too, depending on the subject (date wise).
There are two test for SAT Biology- Biology (E) and Biology (M), you cannot take both of them on the same date. (E) stands for Ecological and (M) for Molecular. The syllabus topics are as follows:
1. Cellular and Molecular Biology- 15%(E) and 27%(M)
2. Ecology - 23%(E) and 13%(M)
3. Genetics - 15%(E) and 20%(M)
4. Organismal Biology- 25%(E) and 25%(M)
5. Evolution and Diversity - 22%(E) 15%(M
*Consider these figures to be approximate and cross check before finalizing.
No iit or nit can not accepts sat.
Because the majority of students are selects here through jee not by their talents. Even if the pattern of jee is changed then also it is not similar as sat.
Hope it helps you.
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