Start preparing for SAT during 10+2
|QUALIFYING TEST The SAT score is accepted by the best UG colleges and universities in USA|
SAT is typically taken by students who are in Classes 11 and 12, and is designed to measure the skills and knowledge you have developed in school, and your ability to apply that knowledge. Most selective universities require an admission test with writing, which is also a required section on the SAT, and most institutions also require that students submit scores from one or more SAT Subject Tests. Currently, SAT is administered in over 170 countries and territories. In India, SAT is administered six times a year and is offered at over 20 test centres.
Usage of SAT scores
SAT helps colleges and universities make informed admissions decisions by providing a fair and valid indicator of your academic readiness to do university-level work. Admission officers use the SAT in conjunction with other valid measures of college readiness to help predict an applicant’s likelihood for success at that institution. Similarly, students can use their SAT scores to help identify the colleges and universities where they are most likely to be successful. While SAT is an important part of the admission process, it’s important to keep in mind that the SAT score is just one of many factors that universities consider when making decisions for admission.
Structure of test
SAT is a paper-based test that measures a student’s critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills and knowledge. Question types include a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses (grid-ins). Scores for each section are reported on a 200-800 scale.
The Critical Reading Section tests your ability to understand university-level passages written in English. The questions in this section will ask you to complete sentences with the appropriate word or words or to answer questions that show your comprehension of short and long reading passages.
The Mathematics Section assesses how well you analyse and solve problems – skills you learned in school that you’ll need at university. It includes questions that ask you to work with algebraic formulas, linear functions, exponential growth and manipulations with exponents, properties of tangent lines, absolute value, functional notation, geometric figures, probability and to analyse data. The Writing Section includes multiple-choice questions to test how well you use standard written English. You will also be required to write a brief essay.
|MCQ format tips|
|SAT preparation |
Must-knows about SAT
- Each question in a section is worth the same point irrespective of the level of difficulty – do not spend too much time on tough questions. Do the simple ones first and return to the tough ones later.
- If you do not know the answer to a particular question but can eliminate one or two choices to make an intelligent guess, do so. However, keep in mind that random guessing is not recommended. For each wrong answer, you lose one-fourth of the points earned on a correct answer except for the student-produced answers – no point is subtracted for the wrong answer.
- At the test centre, the start and end of each section is announced. You will not be allowed to go back to a previously completed section.
- Scoring for the test relies on the student’s performance in nine sections only – three each of critical reading, writing or mathematics. There is an extra section that can consist of mathematics, critical reading or writing questions. This section does not count and is not considered towards the SAT score. However, it is unmarked and students will not be able to differentiate it from the other sections.
How do I prepare for SAT?
The best way to get ready for SAT is to participate actively in your own education. Take challenging classes, read as much as you can in and out of school and practise your writing. While test-preparation courses are not necessary to do well on SAT, students are encouraged to familiarise with the test format and question types so you know what to expect on test day. The College Board provides sample SAT questions, a full-length practice test, and many other resources for free online at sat.collegeboard.com/practice. Indian students are not likely to be familiar with the multiple-choice exams. So, getting used to the test requires practice and time.
|Test Dates||Test administered||Regular Registration|
(must be received by)
December 1, 2012
SAT & Subject Tests
November 1, 2012
January 26, 2012
December 28, 2012
May 4, 2013
April 5, 2013
SAT II: Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests are offered in a variety of subject areas, including English, Mathematics, Science, Languages and History. Many universities either require or recommend SAT Subject Tests for admissions, achievement or placement purposes. Even if a university does not require SAT Subject Tests, it can help students stand out in the admission process and demonstrate readiness for specific majors or programmes in college. When considering SAT Subject Tests, you should particularly consider subject areas that you like or in which you excel. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science. Scores for each test are reported on a 200–800 scale. So prepare well to pack your bags to join a course of your choice, that too at a foreign university.
The author Deborah Davis is Director, College Readiness Communications at College Board
Questions related to SAT
What is the total expense for UG course in USA after writing SAT ? Is any scholarship available?
the expenses for UG course in USA depends upon the university for which your going to take admission but still on an average your tuition fee expenses will vary from $10,000 to $30,000 per year, now if it is about living expenses so it will vary from $700 to $1,000 including your all facilities of food, travel, book, room, board, clothing, etc. Now if it is about SAT score so yes there will be good scholarship for you if you are score is very good that means you may consider scholarship if your score lies between 1200 to 1600 which is really a good score now this scholarship vary from University to University.
Best of luck.
How large of a role do SAT scores play in admissions?
It depends on the score cutoff range. College has limited seats for a degree so they put bar in the tent of mark or percentage for admission. They try to select possible number of candidates as per the seat matrix.
In short , entrance exam score is selection criteria for admission into a college. The better you score there is high chance of getting admission.
Hope it helps!
Is an outstanding SAT score alone enough to get into MIT or Stanford University for UG courses?
Farhan, your higher secondary board scores i.e your GPA range and your rank will also greatly contribute to your admission process in along with a good SAT score.
You should check the official website links of the two colleges for more information
Can I take any course after SAT or it depends on my 12th grade subjects ?
Thank you for your query. You can take any course after SAT and it does not depend on the 12th grade subjects you have studied.
All the best
I have done my BDS from Bangalore. Will SAT, IELTs, and TOEFL be of any use for doing my MDS in foreign??
Yes , your mentioned exams SAT, TOFEL, IELTS will be helpful for getting into foreign universities for MDS , almost all Universities in maximum countries require one English language proficiency test which may be either TOFEL or IELTS , now it's your choice which one you will go for and now if it is about SAT so in such it is not mandatory but majority of University accept your admission through SAT exam also, while apart from this some other exams are also accepted for admission in foreign universities .
Best of luck.