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All you need to know about SAT (Part 1)

Education

All you need to know about SAT (Part 1)

We give you information on everything related to SAT.

By Rohit Gaikwad 26th May, 2016 06:46 pm

What is SAT?
SAT, a standardized test is important and widely used when applying to American and Canadian universities. These exams are structured in order to evaluate the verbal, written, mathematical knowledge of the candidates. These exams are monitored and administrated by College Board, which is a non profit organisation. Applicants of undergraduate courses are required to give SAT exams and these exams are monitored under a limited time period. If a candidate is looking for admission in a particular subject then he/she should take that particular subject test as it will provide an insight into the subject knowledge.

Fees
A candidate is required to pay $52.5 (approx.) along with $42 in addition for Non- U.S regional fee
For particular subject tests, an additional amount of $26 as basic subject test fee is required.
SAT subject tests might need some required additional fee.

The old SAT vs the new SAT
The College Board has given SAT a complete makeover in order to link the class work and tests more closely to each other.
Since March 2016, SAT exams are designed to focus more on few things that are crucial and important for college and future careers.
It can also be termed as instructional experience that helps students in their academic as well as professional lives.
The New SAT was introduced on March 5, 2016 in USA and in India on May 7, 2016.

 

Old SAT

New SAT

Sections

3 sections

Maths

Critical Reading

Writing

 

2 sections

Maths

Evidence-based Reading and Writing

 

Essay

Compulsory

Optional

Scoring

Section scores 200-800

Total score 2400

Essay score included in Writing score

 

Section scores 200-800

Total score 1600

Separate score for essay

 

Penalty and answer choices

− 1/4 point for each incorrect  answer in multiple choice questions

5 answer choices per question

 

No penalty  for incorrect answers

4 answer choices per question

 

Reading And Writing

Reading passages draw from social sciences, humanities, and literature

Vocabulary tested via sentence completion questions

 

Reading passages will be from significant historical  or scientific documents, and may include informational graphics

Passages will include complex structure and vocabulary in context

Passage based grammar including punctuation

 

Math

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry

Calculator permitted in all Math sections

 

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry

Trigonometry

Some no-calculator sections

 

 

Total Testing Time(excluding breaks)

3 hours and 45 minutes excluding breaks

3 hours without Essay

 

3 hours and 50 minutes with Essay (optional) excluding breaks

Components

Critical Reading

 

Writing

 

Mathematics

 

(Calculator allowed) Essay

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

It comprises of two tests: A reading test and a
language test.

Maths: One section with calculator allowed
           Another with no calculator.

Essay: Optional

Vocabulary

Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts

Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in context

Math Content

No Trigonometry, no Complex Numbers

Will include advanced Maths involving Trigonometry and Complex Numbers

Use of Calculator

Calculator permitted in every math section

Calculator allowed only in the longer of the two Maths sections

No. of Answer choices per question

5 answer choices per question

4 answer choices per question

Scoring

Complex scoring
(penalty for incorrect marking)

Right-only scoring

(No penalty for incorrect marking)

Essay

Mandatory first section of the test (25 minutes, timed)
Test takers required to respond to a short prompt by providing personal opinion with supporting examples/ reasons

Optional (50 minutes, timed).
Test takers will be provided a source text (600–700 words) and asked to analyze how the author built the argument using persuasive techniques.

 

Score Reporting

No official composite score


Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for each subject


Essay score contributed to the Writing score

Composite Score ranging from 400 to 1600


Score ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
200 to 800 for Maths


2 to 8 for each of the three traits for Essay – Reading, Analysis, and Writing.
Essay scores reported separately.

Test Score
Cross Score
And Sub Score

 None

3 test scores (10-40 each), 2 cross-test scores (10-40 each), and 7 sub-scores (1-15 each) - providing added insight.

 As the entire SAT exam was revamped, a new list time structure and new number of questions have been introduced.

Old SAT

 

Time Allotted

Number of Questions

Critical Reading

70

67

Writing

60

49

Mathematics

70

54

Experimental

25

Varied

Essay

25

1 task

Total

250

170 + Essay Task
+ Experimental questions

New SAT

 

Time Allotted

Number of Questions

 Reading

65

52

Writing

35

44

Mathematics

80

58

Essay

50

1 task (optional)

Total

180 + 50

154 + 1 task ( optional)

Source: www.manyagroup.com

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