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SAT : OVERVIEW OF THE SAT


♦ Why Take the SAT?

 
  The primary reason students take the SAT is that with rare exception colleges and
  universities require students to take a test such as the SAT or the ACT in order
  for them to even consider their applications, and also that better SAT scores
  make acceptance to better schools more likely.
  Other reasons students take the SAT are the following:




1.Compensating for an unsatisfactory GPA
The weight colleges give to your SAT score relative to your entire application package can range from 0% (rare) to 80%. For schools where the SAT is more important, a good SAT score can compensate to a relative degree for a weak GPA. For some schools SAT is weighed relatively equally with GPA. For such schools then, a good SAT score can compensate for an unsatisfactory GPA and prove to such schools that you have the academic skills for college.

2.A good SAT score can help your eventual job search
A number of employers now ask for your SAT score. Even for those who don’t, mentioning a high SAT score can help in a job application. The SAT is designed in part as a reasoning test, and hence a high SAT score can show employers that you have good critical reasoning skills, not to mention good communication and basic mathematical skills, valuable to countless employers in many disciplines.

3.A high SAT score can help you with scholarships
Going to college is very expensive, even for state run schools. Scholarships can help defray costs, but many scholarships have minimum GPA and/or minimum SAT score requirements.

4.A higher SAT score can help you skip certain classes.
Your academic package may convince an admissions officer to admit you to your chosen college, but if your score is too low, you may be required to take an introductory math or writing skills class. In contrast, a high SAT score can qualify you for some advanced classes.

♦ Test Structure:
  SAT Question Types
  The SAT includes several different question types, including an essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins).
 
  Format and Timing
  Total test time: 3 hours and 45 minutes (not including breaks).
  Students get three short breaks during the test, so it is recommended that students bring a snack.
  Every SAT includes a 25-minute section, which doesn't count toward the student’s final score. This experimental section may be a critical reading, mathematics, or multiple-choice writing section, but it is impossible to tell which section it is during the test, so      students should not skip any section thinking that it is the experimental section.
 
♦ SAT Test Structure

Test Format 3 Math
3 Critical Reading
3 Writing (2 Multiple choice and essay)
1 Experimental
Math Section Arithmetic
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II

Question Types:
Multiple Choice (44 Questions)
Student Projuced Responses ("Grid-In"-10 Questoins)
Critical Reading Sentence Completion (19 Questoins)
Reading Comprehension (48 Questions-long, short, and paired reading passages)       
Writing Section Multiple choice questions that test standard rules of style and grammar.
Questoin Types:
Identifying sentence errors (18 Questions)
Improving Sentences (25 Questions)
Improving Paragraphs (6 Questions)
25 Minute Essay Section
Scoring 1 Math score: 200-800 points
1 C.reading score: 200-800 points
1 Writing score: 200-800 points (essay sub score incorporated into total writing score)       
Totla Score: 600-2400
Testing Time 3.5 hours

♦ SAT Test Registration
U.S. Registration Deadlines  
 2013-2014
Test Dates
Test  Regular Registration Late Registration
Oct. 5,2013 SAT & Subject Tests Sep. 6, 2013 Sep. 20, 2013
Nov. 2, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests Oct. 3, 2013 Oct. 18, 2013
Dec. 7, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests Nov. 8, 2013 Nov. 22, 2013
Jan. 25, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests Dec. 27, 2013 Jan. 10, 2014
Mar. 8, 2014 SAT Only Feb. 7, 2014 Feb. 21, 2014
May 3, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests Apr. 4, 2014 Apr.18, 2014
June 7, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests May 9, 2014 May 23, 2014
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