About the SAT®
WHAT IS THE SAT TEST ?
The SAT® is a 3 hours test that measures i) Evidence-based Reading and Writing and ii) Math reasoning skills. The SAT also has an Essay writing section which is optional for 50 minutes. The score for Evidenced based reading and Math will be reported on a 800-point scale each making a total of 1600 points. The essay score ranges from 2-8 points.
The New SAT does not require direct use of vocabulary; instead the words have to be understood so that they can be used in contextual settings.
The New SAT has no negative markings. The multiple-choice options have been reduced from 5 to 4 choices. The scores are valid for 2 years.
The test is administered four times a year (October, December, March & May) in India and can be attempted more than once. Different schools have different SAT® score requirements. Better scores result in better chances of admissions from U.S. universities.
Registration for the SAT® requires a valid original passport.
The exam fee for New Sat is US $ 64.50+ US $ 49 = US $ 113.5 (with essay) and US $ 47.50 + US $ 49 = US $ 96.5 (without essay).
THE COMPULSORY SECTIONS
Evidence Based Reading & Writing: (200-800 points)
The Evidence Based Reading section is 65 minutes long with 52 questions, all of which are passage based and multiple choice. All questions are evidence based that requires the student to analyze and interpret information given in the passages. Passages maybe single or paired with informational graphics such as charts or tables. The passages will be drawn from U.S and World Literature, History/Social Studies and Science.
The Writing and Language section is 35 minutes long with 44 multiple choice questions based on several passages. Some passages are accompanied by informational graphics, such as tables, graphs and charts. It focuses on one’s ability to analyze and edit the content of the passage, which means one will have to correct grammar and make changes in the passage. It asks one to edit / rectify errors in sentences within the passage, identify sentences that corrects the misinterpretation of a graphical data, select sentences that sharpen an argument or add a relevant supporting detail.
Math: (200-800 points)
The Math Section is broken down into a No Calculator and a Calculator Section which is 80 minutes long with 58 questions. Majority of questions are multiple choice, but there will be some student – produced response questions which are known as Grid-ins; (instead of choosing from 4 answer choices the student will have to solve the problem and enter an answer by circling/shading the appropriate numbers).
The Math test is divided into 4 main areas: (1) Heart of Algebra, (2) Problem Solving and Data Analysis, (3) Passport to Advanced Math, and (4) Additional topics in Math which include Geometry and Trigonometry.
THE OPTIONAL SECTION
Essay: (2-8 Points)
The New Sat has an optional Essay that is 50 minutes long. It is recommended that the student takes the SAT exam with the Essay as some schools may require the essay score. Students will be provided a passage and will be asked to analyse how the author effectively builds his or her argument. The essay will not require the student to write about a personal experience or argue with a position; rather it requires the student to understand the techniques used by the author to write persuasively and support one’s explanation with evidence from the passage.
All passages have the following things in common:
- Written for a broad audience
- Arguing on a point
- Expressing subtle views on complex subjects
- Using logical reasoning and evidence to support claims
- Examine ideas, debates or trends in the arts and sciences, or civic, cultural, or political life
- Always taken from published works
A successful essay shows one’s understanding of how the author builds an argument by examining the author’s use of evidence, reasoning, and other stylistic and persuasive techniques, supporting and developing claims with well-chosen evidence from the passage.
Next upcoming SAT test dates are as follows:
|SAT Dates||Registration Deadline||Deadline for changes||Tests Available|
|9th March 2019||8th February 2019||27th February 2019||SAT only|
|4th May 2019||5th April 2019||24th April 2019||SAT and Subject Tests|
|1st June 2019||3rd May 2019||22nd May 2019||SAT Subject Tests|
To check the availability and to register for the SAT, go to http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-international-dates
- To check where the SAT® is administered in your city, visit the Collegeboard test center page.
- For further information visit: collegeboard.org.
About the ACT®
WHAT IS THE ACT TEST ?
The ACT® (American College Testing Assessment) is a paper based standardized test which can be given instead of the SAT® for admission in the United States for undergraduate studies. The ACT® is based on the curriculum studied in high school.
The ACT® is 3 hours and 30 minutes long and tests the student in four subject areas: English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning, Writing (optional). In India, the ACT® is conducted 5 times a year in February, April, June, October and December. Scoring for the ACT® is on a scale of 1-36 and includes 215 multiple choice questions on the subject areas.
Registration for the ACT® requires a valid passport, an exam fee of US $33 (without writing) or US $ 48 (with writing). Registration can be done on: www.actstudent.org
- English: It is a 45-minute section with 75 questions. The English section includes five passages that are followed by multiple-choice questions. The test measures grammar usage, sentence structure, punctuation and overall correct use of English language.
- Math:It is a 60-minute section with 60 questions. In this section, students are tested in basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc through multiple-choice questions that require you to use reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics. You are allowed to use certain calculators on the test.
- Reading: It is a 35-minute section with 40 questions. It includes four passages on topics like the natural and social sciences, psychology, history, etc. These passages are followed by multiple-choice question that measure the complementary and supportive skills that readers must use in studying written materials across a range of subject areas. The section measures the test taker’s ability to understand what is directly stated and decipher statements with implied meanings.
- Science: It is a 35-minute section with 40 questions. The section includes seven passages containing questions on data presentation. It also includes experimental studies and their results, and different theories or hypotheses relating to specific scientific concepts. The test measures the skills required in the natural sciences: interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving.
- Writing (optional): It is a 30 minute section that consists of a writing prompt that briefly states an issue and describes two points of view on that issue.You are asked to respond to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt. In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue.The section measures your writing and analytical abilities.
To check where the ACT® is administered in your city, visit the official search page.
For further information visit: http://www.actstudent.org
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The GRE® test has three parts – Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical Writing Assessment.