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What is the SAT? The SAT is an entrance exam used for college admissions in the United States
The SAT is a 3 hour 50 minute exam (including an optional essay which takes 50 minutes), consisting of four sections The Format of the SAT: Evidence - Based Reading & Writing - This section consists of both Reading and Writing 1. Reading- This portion of the exam is timed for 65 minutes. 52 standard multiple-choice questions Things tested on the Reading section: a) Command of Evidence b) Words in Context c) Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science
2. Writing- This portion of the exam is timed for 35 minutes. 44 standard multiple-choice questions Things tested on the Writing section: a) Command of Evidence b) Words in Context c) Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science d) Expressions of Ideas e) Standard English Conventions The Evidence - Based Reading & Writing totals 100 minutes Mathematics- This section consists of both the Calculator and no-Calculator section 3. Calculator Math Portion - This portion of the exam is timed for 55 minutes. 30 standard multiple-choice questions & 8 grid-in questions
4. No-Calculator section Portion - This portion of the exam is timed for 25 minutes. 15 standard multiple-choice questions & 5 grid-in questions Things tested on the Math section: a) The Heart of Algebra b) Passport to Advanced Math c) Problem solving & data analysis d) Additional Topics in Math The Mathematics (Calculator & no-Calculator) section totals to 80 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers:
When should i take the sat?
In retrospect, there is not one perfect time to take the SAT, but most students will take this exam during their junior year. Although students may take the exam any time during their high-school career, it is much better to wait until the end of sophomore year to take the exam– due to the material that is tested on the SAT(A concise foundation in Math & English). For highly motivated individuals, the best time to take your first SAT would be August during your junior year. For other students, the best time would be later; either the fall, or the spring. As a consequence, you may take the exam multiple times until you reach a score that you feel comfortable with. Also, please understand that if you take the SAT more than four times, you will most likely not see a drastic difference in your SAT score.
do i have to take the sat?
Any student interested in pursuing higher education(college) should certainly take the SAT or ACT; due to its emphasis in admission processes across the United States. However, you must also recognize that certain colleges have test optional policies, therefore, if you feel that your SAT or ACT score does not reflect your potential, you do not have to submit your SAT or ACT whatsoever.
What is a good sat score?
Each university has its interval for what they consider to be the average SAT score for that school. Thus, it is best to research the colleges you wish to be accepted to and try your best to fall within the 25th and 75th percentile of the school's SAT range. However, having a lower than average SAT score certainly does not correlate to immediate rejection; similar to having an SAT score that is above the average. There are countless other factors that are implemented into college admissions. Nevertheless, there is a pattern that the more selective a school is, the higher SAT average will be.
how can i send my scores to colleges, and can I cancel them?
Every SAT registration includes free score reports to four schools. There are fees for additional score reports or opting in for further services such as rush ordering or score verification. If you want to wait to see your scores or don’t know where you’re applying yet, you have the option of sending score reports after this time window for a fee of $11.25 per school. Don’t forget to use those free score sends, because they do expire! You have until nine days after the test to use them. Also, students may ask their counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver, which will grant youfour additional free score reports to use at any time. Also in the Common Application, which is a portal used by high school seniors to apply for college, you will have the opportunity to self report your standardized test scores to certain colleges.
HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD I TAKE THE SAT?
Most students will take the SAT twice during the spring of their junior year, and once during their senior year. It is also important to observe that these schedules may vary on a case to case basis. Some students may achieve their desired SAT score faster than other students, but please view this process as individualistic. Overall, most students take the SAT at least three times, and it is recommended that students do not take the SAT more than four times because you will most likely not see a drastic difference as it relates to your SAT score.
But, please recognize that that there are also fee waivers for the SAT along with the SAT subject tests if you do qualify: 2 free SATs, with or without the essay 6 free SAT Subject Tests (2 test sessions) 2 free Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) or Student Answer Service (SAS) reports Other SAT fees come into play if you sign up during the late registration period, sign up by phone, or change an existing registration.
WHEN SHOULD I START PREPPING FOR THE SAT?
This question mainly relies on the ideal score that you have in mind, but most students will prepare for the SAT during their junior year. In addition, students who are highly motivated can start to prepare for the SAT after their sophomore year- during the summer. Therefore, if you wish to gain a high score on the SAT; it is best that you prepare as early as sophomore summer/ beginning of junior year to achieve this score. The best method for preparing for any exam is to take a diagnostic, in an effort to gauge the material or problems that you need to improve on. Thus, please use accurate materials while studying for this exam, hence, College Board Practice Tests. You may also buy extra prep books to help you achieve your desired score, but this is in no way possible for every student. Furthermore, please reference the SAT Resources section for more information on free SAT resources, or extra prep books.
Bring both your testing ticket and a photo ID the day of the test, or you may not be allowed to take the test.
how can i cancel my sat score
In most cases, it is not recommended to cancel your SAT score unless you feel the exam went horribly. Cancellation Deadline You must cancel no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Thursday after your test date. Also, students with disabilities might have a different deadline—see below.
Option 1: At the Test Center After the test, ask the test coordinator for a Request to Cancel Test Scores form. Complete and sign the form. Return the form to the test coordinator before leaving the center.
Option 2: After You Leave the Test Center Your written, signed request must be received 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 have until the Monday one week after the published test date to cancel their scores, due to the extended school-testing window.