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What is the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

What is SAT?

The SAT (technically known as the SAT I) is a general test of verbal and quantitative reasoning accepted for U. S. college admissions. The test is required for admission to undergraduate programs of most US universities. Many universities also require you to take SAT-II tests.

SAT-I : Reasoning Test

The SAT-I is a three hour, primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Most colleges require SAT-I scores for admission.

SAT-II : Subject Tests

The SAT-II subject tests are one hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Many universities may require you to take this along with SAT-I.

What does the SAT test?

The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.

  • The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  • The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
  • The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Content and Format of the SAT

SAT-I

The SAT-I is a three hour exam, divided into seven sections. The following table gives out the format of the SAT-I :

Section Type of Question Total Questions Total Questions
Verbal Sentence Completion - 10 questions
Analogy Questions - 13 questions
Critical Reading - 12 questions
30 questions 30 minutes
Verbal Sentence Completion - 9 questions
Analogy Questions - 6 questions
Critical Reading - 15 questions
35 questions 30 minutes
Verbal Critical reading questions on paired passages 13 questions 15 minutes
Mathematics Multiple Choice - 25 25 questions 30 minutes
Mathematics Quantitative Comparisons - 15
Student-produced-response Questions - 10
25 questions 30 minutes
Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions - 10 10 questions 15 minutes
Experimental Either verbal or Mathematics section varies 30 minutes
Total 138 + 3 hours

SAT-II: Subject Tests

Writing,  Literature,  American History and Social Studies,  World History,  Math IC,  Math IIC,  Biology,  Biology E/M,  Chemistry,   Physics,  Chinese Listening,  French Reading,  French Listening,   German Reading,  German Listening,  Modern Hebrew,  Italian,   Japanese Listening,  Korean Listening,  Latin,  Spanish Listening,   Spanish Reading,  English Language Proficiency

The Scoring Pattern in SAT

The SAT results comprise three different scores : a total score (400-1600), a separate score for Verbal section (200-800) and a separate score for Mathematics section (200-800).

Where to Register?

The SAT test takes place through different venues throughout the world. The official registration point for SAT in Bangladesh is BDBL Bhaban, Dhaka and in Chittagong you can register from Chittagong Grammar School. The registration fee for SAT –I is BDT 11,000 and for SAT – II is BDT 13,000 as of 2015.

Course Outlines

S.A.T - Scholastic Assessment test

Course Duration Class Duration Mock test
4 Months 1.5 hours per class 10 paper based
Course Content-
Verbal – 36 Hours , Writing - 9 Hours ,Mathematics -30 Hours= 75 Hours of class preparation & practice.

FAQ

What does the SAT test?

The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life.

  • The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  • The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
  • The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

How can I do my best on the SAT?

The best way to get ready for the SAT is to take challenging courses, study hard, and read and write in and outside of the classroom.

Cramming and short-term prep can’t substitute for hard work in school. The PSAT/NMSQT® is one of the best ways to begin preparing for the SAT, because it covers the same subjects under timed conditions.

It does help to become familiar and comfortable with the test format and question types. You should take advantage of our 10 paper based tests.

How important is the SAT in college admission?

The SAT is just one factor among many that colleges use to get to know you better. It’s part of a comprehensive admission process that also takes into account your high school academics, extracurricular activities, recommendations, personal essay and other factors.

Every college and university uses a different combination of criteria for admission. Research the schools you’re interested in to understand their unique admission policies.

How is the SAT scored?

Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You’ll also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.

But how do you get these scores? Two steps happen before you see a final score.

First, we figure out your raw score by:

  • Adding points for correct answers.
  • Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers.

Remember: Questions that you skipped don’t count either for or against your score, and points aren’t taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where you needed to enter the answer into a grid.

Then we take your raw score and turn it into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, and it is done through a statistical process called “equating.” This process makes it possible to compare your score with the scores of other students who took alternative versions of the test, and to your own scores on previous tests.

How much time will I have to take the SAT

The SAT is made up of 10 sections:

  • A 25-minute essay
  • Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • Two 20-minute sections (mathematics and critical reading)
  • A 10-minute multiple-choice writing section

Total test time: 3 hours and 45 minutes

You’ll also get three short breaks during the testing.

When should I take the SAT?

Most students take the SAT during the spring of their junior year of high school. Many students choose to take the SAT a second time in the fall of their senior year after becoming familiar with the test day experience.

How many times should I take the SAT?

Most students take the SAT once or twice. We don’t recommend taking it more than twice because there’s no evidence that taking the SAT multiple times significantly changes your score.

How are the exam questions created?

Every SAT question goes through a very careful review process before making it into your exam booklet. Each question that you see has been:

  • Reviewed by a team of experts, including math and English teachers, to make sure that it reflects what most college-bound students are learning in school.
  • Thoroughly tested to make sure that it is fair for students of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Questions that don’t make it through these steps will never show up on the scored part of an actual exam.

What is the “unscored” section?

Each SAT exam includes an extra 25-minute critical reading, mathematics or writing multiple-choice section that doesn’t count toward your score.

This section is where we try out new questions to make sure that future exams are fair for students from different backgrounds. It also helps us make sure that scores from students taking future exams can be compared to scores from students who took earlier versions of the test.