About SAT

The SAT is a regulated test taken by high school students to apply for the UG program in the US and other countries. The SAT is owned, developed and published by the ‘College Board’, a private, not-for-profit organization in the US. On the other hand, it is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It consists of four sections:

  • Reading Test
  • Writing and Language Test
  • Mathematics Test
    ~ The Maths Test-No Calculator Section
    ~ The Maths Test-Calculator Section
  • Essay Test (Optional)

Scholastic Aptitude Test

The duration of the SAT exam varies under different conditions:

  • The SAT with Essay- 3 hours 50 minutes
  • The SAT without Essay- 3 hours


The Maths section of the SAT is divided into two parts:

  • Maths-No Calculator Section
  • Maths-Calculator Section 

You are allowed to use the calculator only in the Calculator Section of the Maths Test.


The importance of the SAT scores depends on you. If you are passionate and want to get the desired course from a topmost university/college in the US, then the SAT scores are very important, else it is just an entrance exam to apply for the UG program.


The SAT is owned, developed and published by the ‘College Board’, a private, not-for-profit organization in the US. On the other hand, it is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).


The college Board places no restriction on the number of times one can take the SAT i.e. one can take the SAT as many times as he/she wants. It can be 5 times or you can also take it up 30 times. But it is not advised to take the SAT many times, this is because at times colleges ask students to share all of their scores. 

Always look for the requirements of your dream university and attempt the SAT accordingly. 


Every college/university has different requirements. This depends on the college/university that you want to apply to. If it is a requirement in your desired college to send all of your scores then do send them else, use a score choice and send scores accordingly. 

Yes, of course, you can cancel your SAT scores and this can be done in two ways: 

Option I: At the Test Center (Just after the Test)

As soon as you are done with your exam and by any chance you are not confident about your scores then:

  • You can ask the test coordinator for the request to cancel the test scores form.
  • Fill in the required fields and sign the form
  • Submit the form to the test coordinator before leaving the center. 

Option II: After leaving the Test center

Students can also cancel their test scores after leaving the test center but they have to be careful with the date, time and day,

Make sure they must receive your written, signed request no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the Thursday after the test date.

Exception:
Students with disabilities who test in school-based testing can cancel their scores till Monday one week after the published test date, due to the extended school-testing window.

Every student is different from the other, and one cannot have the same dose as the other. Students prepare as and when they feel comfortable. Students generally prepare in class XI, XII or after class XII. Ideally, one should prepare in class XI or class XII as during the preparation you get an edge over the others:

  • Whatever you learn during the SAT preparation will help you in school studies as well, because some topics, especially of mathematics, are the same as your school syllabus. 
  • Taking the SAT test early will give you an edge, as you get more time to prepare and if unfortunately, your 1st attempt was not up to the mark, then you can take the test again.
  • Taking the SAT early reduces your chances of dropping a year to apply in universities. As soon as you pass out your school, you are ready to start your UG program, and you would be starting with your graduation. 
  • Thus, this makes a student’s life smooth so that one can focus on his/her desired course from the topmost universities, unlike others who are still looking for options or planning to drop a year to prepare for an exam which you had already prepared for.

The Achievers’ Point has been the best choice for many courses and is recommended by many students for the study abroad examinations because we work hard to help students achieve their dreams. 

If we talk about the SAT exam, you get all that one needs:

  • PERSONAL MENTORING
    Every student requires personal mentoring as every student is different from the other and thus the same single dose is not suitable for every student. Here, you get a personal mentoring i.e. a teacher teaches you as per your abilities and capabilities. 

  • CONTINUOUS MONITORING
    Here, students are under continuous monitoring i.e. a teacher works on every student’s strengths and weaknesses. Our Mentors make all possible efforts to make your strengths as your STRONGEST part and weaker portions as your strong parts so that you don’t lose out on your scores.

  • UNLIMITED HOURS OF STUDY
    Unlike others, we don’t have limited hours of course or classes i.e. we are there with students till the last minute before the exam. Others teach students for limited hours i.e. they cover the entire syllabus in 10 hours or 8 hours of teaching, no matter a student is clear with a particular topic or not. But here, we work for the students and are always there to help them out. 

  • DEDICATED FACULTIES
    A teacher or a mentor plays a vital role in a student’s future, here at Achievers point you get dedicated teachers who teach students in the easiest possible way. Easiest Method with utmost dedication makes it simpler for the students to prepare for the exam to compete with others. 

  • REGULAR MOCK TEST
    Mock Test is an essential part of your preparation as you get to know more about your strengths, weaknesses, different set of questions, etc. Whenever you attempt a mock test, you actually get experience before entering the real battleground. Thus, working on yourself continuously helps you to make a perfect strategy for your exam.

  • DOUBT SESSIONS
    Every student wants to score well so as to get a topmost university and a way to that destination involves a lot of doubt sessions. The more a student practices, the more doubts are there. These doubts can be related to practice questions, mock test or test strategies. There is no such restriction on the number of doubt sessions, unlike others. 

  • LIBRARY FACILITY
    While preparing for the exam like SAT, one or two books are not sufficient to prepare for the exam as the actual exam has a wide range of questions and to practice them or that type of questions you also need to increase your domain. That is what students get here, the library facility. You can get a book issued and can return once you complete it. This way you get a wide range of questions under a single roof. Also, this makes your preparation, a budget-friendly.

Yes, of course, you can choose your scores and in which you want to send the colleges using the Score Choice, but only if your desired college/university policies allow you to do so. If they ask you to send all of your scores, then, in that case, you cannot use a score choice. 


No, wrong answers do not lower your SAT scores as there is no negative marking for your wrong answers. This means that you get the same score whether you leave a question or answer it wrong. Therefore, it is suggested to answer all the questions in the exam.


No, the new SAT is not at all harder but only if you have prepared under the specialized guidance. But in general, it is not hard but a tricky exam that tests your thinking, analyzing skills. 


There are no specific eligibility criteria mentioned by the College Board:

  • There is no restriction on the minimum or maximum age limit. Anyone who wants to pursue their UG program in the US take this exam. Generally, high school students take this exam.
  • There is no restriction on the number of attempts. A student can take the SAT exam as many as he/she wants to.
  • College Board puts no restriction on the minimum or maximum grades in high school. Since the SAT exam is taken by a high school student to apply for the UG program so it is by default a requirement to have successfully cleared your high school education. 


Yes, an essay section is there in the SAT but it is an optional part i.e it depends on the college/university that you want to apply. If an essay section is required then it is a must for you to take this exam. Otherwise, an option for you.


No, you don’t have to pay any extra fees to send Score choice. You can choose the scores and send them to a single college. Any particular or all of your scores can be sent in a single report.


The SAT exam is based on a 400-1600 point scale.  Each section is scored between 200 and 800. This exam also includes an optional essay, which is evaluated separately. There is no deduction for an incorrect answer. 


A good or an average SAT score depends on the university in which a student applies i.e. a score of 1200 or 1300 can be considered as a good score in an average university whereas in a top university it may be considered as an average score. One should focus and aims to score above 1400 as this is considered to be a good SAT score and chances of getting a desired course and college multiplies many times.


The SAT score is valid for 5 years. This means that one can use his/her SAT score for 5 years once you have taken your test.


It takes around three weeks to receive your test score after you have taken your test.


The SAT scoring works in the following way:

  • Step-1
    First of all, Raw score is calculated.
    (Raw Score: Total number of questions that a student answers correctly) 
  • Step-2
    These raw scores are then changed over to scaled scores
  • Step-3
    Scaled scores are then further used to determine percentile ranks

The time factor purely depends on the students and his/her abilities. If a student is focussed, hardworking, dedicated and is clear with a few of the basic concepts then he/she might take less time to prepare as compared to a non-Maths student. 

Point to Ponder:
It is always suggested to prepared as per your abilities and do not take the test until you are around your desired score in the mock test. 


The importance of the exam depends on you. If you want to ‘Break the Barriers’ and pursue your UG program from a top university to get an edge over the others, then the SAT exam is really important for you. Otherwise, it is just an entrance exam for overseas studies. 


To register online for the SAT exam, follow the steps given below:

  1. Firstly, sign in to your College Board account. (Note: Your parent or counselor cannot register for you)
  2. Provide your complete information. Make sure the information is the same as shown on your photo ID. 
  3. During the registration, you get an option to answer the questions about yourself. This may take time, but it is beneficial if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you. 
  4. After this, you get an option to choose whether to sign up with Essay or without Essay. (Note: This depends on the college/university that you want to apply, look for there requirements before you register.)
  5. Upload a photo as per the photo requirements. 
  6. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.


The regular registration deadlines for the SAT exam are approximately three to four weeks** before the test date but don’t worry if by any chance you could not register,

The late registration deadlines are approximately two to three weeks** before a test date. _______________________________________________________________

** This is subject to change so keep visiting us for the latest updates.


Score Choice is a tool available to students. This is used by students to send their SAT scores to the college/university by their own choice. But, this benefit is not given by all the universities. So, always look for your desired college/university’s scoring policies. 


You can use Score Choice for any score report that you send online to the college/university. Be careful, as you can only choose between the tests that are scored. 


This depends on the college/university policies that you want to apply.
If you don’t want to use the score choice, in that case you will have to send all of your SAT scores to the college/university, no matter how bad or good they are.


No College can opt-out or reject  Score choice. Students get this beneficial tool. Be careful and always look for your desired college/university scoring policies. If they ask you to submit all the scores, then you cannot use this score choice. 

A student must read college/university scoring policies.


Follow three simple steps given below:

  • Go to the official website of your dream college/university. 
  • Search for their scoring policies.
  • Under this section, you can read, whether they demand all of your SAT scores or they allow you to use the Score Choice. 


The college uses Student Search Service to look for the students in a particular score range but they are not provided with the actual scores. Keep in mind that participating in this Student Search Service is not the same as sending your scores to colleges


No, every college has its own policies regarding the SAT scores. Just like the same shoe doesn’t fit all similarly, the SAT score requirement is not the same for all universities. You will see the SAT score-use guidelines/practices of participating colleges when you sign in to your College Board account to send scores.


The Math Test will focus in-depth on the three areas of math that play the biggest role in a wide range of college majors and careers:

  • Heart of Algebra, which focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems.
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis, which is about being quantitatively literate.
  • Passport to Advanced Math, which features questions that require the manipulation of complex equations.

The Math Test also draws on Additional Topics in Math, including the geometry and trigonometry most relevant to college. Don’t get shocked, the above-mentioned heads include the familiar topics:

  • Number and operations
  • Algebra and functions
  • Equations
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Data analysis
Calculator Use
Calculators are important tools, and to succeed after high school, you’ll need to know how—and when—to use them.

~ In the Math Test–Calculator portion of the test, you’ll be able to focus on complex modeling and reasoning because your calculator can save you time.

~ The Math Test–No Calculator portion aims to test your fluency of concepts

Grid-In Questions
Most of the questions in the exam are multiple-choice questions whereas some are of the type where you are required to put in the answer commonly known as grid-In questions or students based responses.

Every college/university has different requirements. This depends on the college/university that you want to apply to. If it is a requirement in your desired college to send all of your scores then do send them else, use a score choice and send scores accordingly. 

Yes, of course, you can choose your scores and in which you want to send the colleges using the Score Choice, but only if your desired college/university policies allow you to do so. If they ask you to send all of your scores, then, in that case, you cannot use a score choice. 


It takes around three weeks to receive your test score after you have taken your test.


This depends on the college/university policies that you want to apply.
If you don’t want to use the score choice, in that case you will have to send all of your SAT scores to the college/university, no matter how bad or good they are.


Follow three simple steps given below:

  • Go to the official website of your dream college/university. 
  • Search for their scoring policies.
  • Under this section, you can read, whether they demand all of your SAT scores or they allow you to use the Score Choice. 


The college uses Student Search Service to look for the students in a particular score range but they are not provided with the actual scores. Keep in mind that participating in this Student Search Service is not the same as sending your scores to colleges


The basic fee for the SAT exam is $49.50-$64.50**, but it varies based on the country of the applicant. For Indian applicants, the fee for the SAT exam is around $106** (with essay),and around $94** (without essay).

On the other hand, the fee for the SAT Subject Test is around $111**
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** The fee is subject to change


Generally, students are required to send all of their scores to the college/university but if your desired college/university allows you to choose the score choice then only you can make a choice out of your scores. 

Students need not worry about the changes in the SAT exam, the reason being pattern has not changed altogether. The College Board made a few changes related to scoring policies. The exam has now become competitive and also gives flexibility to a student to choose whether to take the exam with an essay or without an essay as per the policies of their desired college/university.


This depends on the college/university requirements. If your desired college/university places a requirement then it is a must for you to take this exam. Therefore, it is suggested to visit your desired college/university website to know about their policies and requirements.


A student can get all the information about his/her result just by signing into their College Board free account.


The Reading Test of the SAT consists of a section with 52 multiple-choice questions based on reading passages. A student gets 65 minutes to attempt this section. Graphs, Tables or Charts also may accompany some passages, but mathematics is not required to answer the questions.


The Writing and Language Test of the SAT consists of a section with 44 multiple-choice questions. A student gets 35 minutes to attempt this section. In this section, a test taker will be asked to read the passages, find mistakes or weaknesses in writing, and to suggest corrections or improvements.


The Math section of the SAT exam aims to test the student’s in-depth knowledge in the three areas of math that play the biggest role in a wide range of college majors and careers:

  • Heart of Algebra, this particular part of the Maths section focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems.
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis, this section is about being quantitatively literate i.e. one needs to be crystal clear with concepts.
  • Passport to Advanced Math, this section features questions that require the manipulation of complex equations i.e a student needs to be smart enough to get the answer after manipulating the equation as per the requirement of the question to get the answer.

The Math section of the SAT exam also tests a student on some Additional Topics in Maths which also includes geometry and trigonometry. 

Calculator Use
The calculator is an important tool, and to succeed after high school, one needs to know how and when to use it.

The Maths section of the SAT exam is divided into two parts:

  • Calculator Section
    In this portion of the test, one needs to focus on complex modeling and reasoning because the calculator helps to save time.
  • No-Calculator Section
    This portion aims to test a student’s fluency of concepts
  • Grid-In Questions
    Most of the questions in the exam are multiple-choice whereas some are of the type where a student is required to put in the answer, this is commonly known as grid-In questions or students based responses.

Structure of New SAT

Sections
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 

  • Reading Section: 65 minute
  • Writing and Language Section: 35 minute

Mathematics:

  • No-Calculator Section: 25 minute
  • Calculator Section: 55 minute

Number of Questions
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 

  • Reading Section: 52 Questions
  • Writing and Language Section: 20 Questions

Mathematics: 

  • No-Calculator Section: 20 Questions
  • Calculator Section: 38 Questions

Score
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 
200-800

Mathematics:
200-800


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