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The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.

The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college.

The current SAT, introduced in 2005, takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish, and as of 2014 costs US$52.50 (up to US$94.50 outside of the United States), excluding late fees. Possible scores on the SAT range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. Taking the SAT or its competitor, the ACT, is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, universities in the United States.

On March 5, 2014, the College Board announced that a redesigned version of the SAT would be administered for the first time in 2016. The exam will revert to the 1600-point scale, the essay will be optional, and students will have 3 hours to take the exam plus 50 additional minutes to complete the essay.


A high SAT score will increase the chances of admission in top Business Schools
•    There are good chances of getting some kind of financial assistance with a high SAT score
•    Visa Officers also give weightage to high SAT scores while considering Visa applications

Total score is out of 2400. All the scores and the dates are sent to the universities if the test is taken more than once.

(A) SAT I (Reasoning):

The SAT Scoring Scale

SAT scores are based on a student’s percentile relative to other students taking the same test. The first step in calculating a student’s score on the SAT is to determine the raw score for each of the three sections. A correct answer on a multiple-choice question adds 1 point to the raw score, while an incorrect answer choice subtracts .25 points from the raw score. A correct answer on a Grid-In math question also adds 1 point to the raw score, but students are not penalized for incorrect answers on these questions. Questions left unanswered do not affect raw scores.

Students receive a single raw score on the Critical Reading and Math sections. A student’s raw score on the Writing section, however, has two components: an ordinary multiple-choice raw score and an essay raw score. The essay raw score is determined by combining the scores of two readers who grade the essay on a scale of 1 to 6, for an overall score of 2 to 12.

The raw score for each section is then converted into a scaled score – that is, a score on the 200 to 800 scale – for that section. The conversion process allows scorers to correct for minor variations in the difficulty of different test administrations so that the same level of ability should lead to the same scaled score on any test. Scaled scores are based on a bell curve, so that most scores fall in the 400 to 600 range.

The same raw score of 40 on the math section would earn a scaled score of roughly 600. Looking at the graph above, one can see that a score of 600 places one ahead of about three quarters of the population.

The following is a list of raw scores and their corresponding scaled scores. In this chart, only the multiple-choice scaled score of the writing section is shown.

Raw Score Critical Reading
(67 Questions) Math
(54 Questions) Writing
(54 Questions) Essay

Critical Reading Section-Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading=800 marks. Mathematics Section-Five-choice multiple-choice questions Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis=800 marks.

Writing Section-: Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written essay (25 min.) Grammar, usage, and word choice=800 marks.

The registration is either done by mail or online.

The forms are available at USEFI (US Education Foundation in India).

Requirements for Registration:
Name as in Passport, Address, Credit Card Number, Expiry Date of the Card, Name of the Card holder (The Credit Card has to be International Card)

Forms are available at USEFI (U.S. Education Foundation in India) or they can be downloaded from the website..

A registration no is given as terms of conformation along with a hall ticket.

Intimation is to be given 3 weeks prior the Examination date. The necessary rescheduling fee has to be paid.

The SAT test is a paper based test.

Number of tests:
The test can be taken as often as one wants.

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