Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - Overview
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The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a globally recognized college admission test that tests your knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics as part of the admission procedures to colleges in the USA (United States of America).
The SAT is conducted by "College Board", a not-for-profit education organization that aims to provide every student with equal opportunities to show what they've learned in school.
SAT (SAT Reasoning Test or SAT subjects Test or both) is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors in the USA. Indian students who have completed their 12 years of school education successfully from any recognised Indian board can take the SAT for admission to the different streams available in to various American colleges.
There are no criteria of minimum marks etc. for appearing in the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests, but several colleges need a good SAT score along with a good academic record. Besides the SAT scores, colleges conducts their own tests, like Essay Writing, Personality Test and also ask for Curriculum Vitae and recommendations from teachers.
The SAT is offered seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only), May and June.
USEFI (United States Educational Foundation in India) which serve as an Education information centre affiliated with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) endeavors to offer exact, comprehensive, recent and impartial information on educational opportunities in the United States.
No college or university in America is endorsed or ranked by USEFI and any services provided by any company or organization regarding the preparation, admissions, placement, language training or visa procurement are also not endorsed by the USEFI.
To know more about the US educational information centres affiliated with the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit the official websites of US Government.
|Name of the Test||Components of the Test||Duration|
|SAT Reasoning Test||Verbal, Mathematical and Reasoning skills||3 hours, 20 minutes|
|SAT Subject Tests||Assesses knowledge of a specific subject||1 hour|
The SAT comprises of 10 total testing sections. The first section is a 25-minute essay while the last section is a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections and sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections.
Applicants sitting next to each other in the same session most are likely to get completely different test books with different content orders.
SAT with Essay
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