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1. What is SAT?

The SAT is a standardized test, formerly called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Scholastic Assessment Test. The SAT is used by most colleges and universities in the United States to assist them in selecting incoming freshmen. The SAT is strictly administered by the College Board and offered seven times
each year.

2. Who takes it and why?
SAT is a pre-requisite for admission at the Undergraduate level or Bachelors level (By Indian Standards). The students who are in grades XI and XII take the test so as to apply at the undergrad level.
3. Can I get admission in a US school without SAT?
Yes, there are some universities in US, that grant admission without SAT, but it is advisable to go for the VISA interview only after you have your scores. For further details contact CAREER MAKERS.
4. When Can I appear for the test?
The test is held seven times in a calendar year. So you should book the seat well in advance. Usually the tests are in the month of January, March, May, June, October, November, and December.
5. What are the format and the duration of the test?
The total time of exam is 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Section Number of question Time allowed
1. Essay 1 25 minutes
2. Critical Reading 24 questions
• 8 sentence completion
• 4 reading comprehension (2 short    passages)
• 12 reading comprehension (1 long    passage)
25 minutes
3. Mathematics 20 standard Multiple choice question 25 minutes
4. Break   10 minutes
5. Writing Skills 35 questions
• 11 improving sentences
• 18 identifying sentence errors
• 6 improving Paragraphs
 
6. Experimental This section can be critical reading, mathematics or writing skills 25 minutes
7. Critical Reading 24 question
• 5 sentence completion
25 minutes
  • 4 reading comprehension (paired short    passage)
• 15 reading comprehension (2 long    passage)
 
8. Break   10 minutes
9. Mathematics 18 questions
• 8 standard Multiple choice question
• 10 student-produced response (grid – in)
25 minutes
10. Critical Reading 19 questions
• 6 sentence completion
• 13 reading comprehension (paired long    passage)
20 minutes
11. Mathematics 16 standard multiple choice question 20 minutes
12. Writing Skills 14 Improving sentences 10 minutes
6. How can I register for the test? What is the exam fee?
One can register online or via mail. The generally advised method to register is doing it online. The fee for the SAT general test is $85 approximately.
Visit www.collegeboard.org for registration.
7. Is calculator permitted for SAT exam?
Yes, the basic calculator, but not the scientific calculator is allowed for the SAT exam. If you forget to bring a calculator to the actual test, you will not be able to use one, since none will be provided and you will not be allowed to share one with a friend.
8. If I appear more than once which scores will the university accept?
All available scores will be sent, including those from previous test administrations but normally Universities accept your best scores.
9. When will I receive my scores?
The scores are sent to the student approximately 4-5 weeks after the exam.
10. How many universities can I select to transmit the scores after the exam and how to send the additional score reports (ASRs) to other universities?
You can mark up to Four universities after your exam, where your official scores will be transmitted free of cost. To send ASRs to other universities one can request ETS via phone or mail or fax a request. The charges are $9.50 per score recipient. If you make a request via phone there is additional $10 service charge. Students are advised to have the list of right four universities with them prior to the test always to avoid wasting money later for transmitting scores to the universities.
11. How long are the scores valid?
The scores are valid for 5 years.

12. What is the maximum score and what is considered a good score?
There are 3 sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Each section is scored from 200 to 800. The lowest score you can get on the SAT is a 600; the highest score is a 2400. Scores above 2000 are considered good.
13. For any futher information and recent updates related to the examination log on to www.collegeboard.org.
 
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