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What is the Pattern and structure of the SAT? What is the scoring criteria in SAT?


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  • SAT 2018 Pattern

    SAT is a Paper-based standardized test. SAT exam has three sections; Math, Reading, and Writing. There is an optional section which is called the Essay. Students are not scored on this section.
    Style of questions: multiple-choice questions, essay, descriptive.
    Math Subject: 57 questions, Calculator allowed for 37 question, duration 80 mins, with 200-800 score range.
    Reading: 52 questions, duration 65 mins, with 200-800 score range.
    Writing and Language: 44 questions, 35 minutes, with 200-800 score range.
    Essay (optional): 1 descriptive question, 50 minutes long.
    Total questions:  154 questions
    Total time: 3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)
    Total score: 1600
    Penalty for wrong answers: none

    Types of SAT

    SAT exam is of two types:

    SAT – The SAT exam tests the knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects which are taught every day in high schools. It is a 3 hour 45 minutes long test. Most students start preparing for the SAT during their class 11 and take the exam during their class 12. SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning; it tests the skills students learn at school, which are important and will stay with the student for a lifetime.
    Important Dates/Days: March 10, 2018, May 5, 2018

    Subject Test – Subject tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where they excel. These tests are in the following areas:  English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Languages. Some colleges might ask students to take subject
    tests or might not. Students should research properly to determine whether the colleges they are applying to require subject tests as part of the application.
    Important Dates/Days: May 5, 2018, June 2, 2018

    Scoring in SAT

    The SAT is divided into two sections - 1. Reading, Writing, and 2. Mathematics. These two sections are scored on a 200-800-point scale, for a maximum total score of 1600.
    SAT subject test scores are measured on a scale of 200 to 800. There are additional sub scores reported on a 20-80 scale. The scores of a student reflect on how he/she compared with other students who took the test. An average SAT score is around 1000. Anything above 1200 is considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on SAT is the perfect score of 1600. Since you receive scaled scores, you should have some understanding of SAT scaled scores and percentiles.

    SAT Results

    SAT test results are typically released within 4-5 weeks of the test administration and can be viewed online. Students can choose to send their test scores to colleges of their choice. They also have the option to cancel their test score or withhold them from being sent to certain colleges.

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