The Redesigned SAT Test

The SAT test or SAT Reasoning Test is a 3 hour test, plus 50 minutes for an optional essay.  The SAT is divided into two main sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Except for the essay and the student-produced response questions in the Math section, the questions are multiple choice ones.

What is the Scoring Pattern used in the SAT?

All multiple choice questions in each section are weighted equally. There is no negative marking. 

The essay is scored by 2 people, who will award a score of between 1 and 4 points in the following categories - Reading, Analysis, and Writing.  A perfect essay score is 8/8/8.

In addition to the scaled scores of 200 to 800 each in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math, a percentile system also estimates your performance in relation to other students who have taken the same test. Ranging from 1 to 99, a percentile of 80 suggests that the student has performed better than 80 of every 100 students who took the test.

How Does One Judge One’s Performance?

My SAT Online Score Report offers details of performance with regard to question type and difficulty level; comparison to other test takers, scanned response to one’s essay and the ability to search for career and major possibilities.

This online service is available freely once you take your SAT test.

How Does One Use One’s Score?

You receive 4 free score reports with you registration. Once you have selected your colleges, the scores are automatically sent to the colleges. You can choose to avail the service of Score ChoiceTM which allows you to select the scores of a particular test that you wish to reveal. However, most colleges discount all but the best scores and some require you to send all your test scores, so one need not fear reporting scores from all tests that one has taken.

What is the Limitation on the Number of Attempts in SAT?

There are no limitations of the attempts that one can take in SAT to improve one’s score. However, as some universities prefer receiving scores of all the tests taken by an applicant, though they discount all but the best score, it is better to be well prepared and reduce one’s attempts to save on time, energy and money.

How to Prepare for the SAT?

Practice. Practice. And more Practice. That is the mantra to ace the SAT.

While, of course, one must be fully cognizant of the basic concepts that SAT tests, it is necessary that one learns to apply this knowledge in the limited time available under pressure. This application skill is the aptitude that SAT tests. This aptitude can be developed with guided practice that enables one to develop a strategy to ace the test.

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