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The SAT will be taken by millions of students outside the US beginning in March of 2023. This examination is a standardized test that students are expected to qualify to be able to be admitted into Universities abroad, more specifically the US.
This test is taken in English, a language well-known by most people across the globe. However, there are issues that students, especially one of Indian origin, tend to face during the SAT preparation & while appearing for the SAT examination.
Let’s begin by understanding the different sections of the SAT.
There are 2 Sections
What poses a challenge in the SAT? The test is not a linear test. It is a multistage adaptive test and hence the score obtained by a student will depend on the number of difficult questions the student has attempted and got right. So how do we get to see more difficult questions? Again, this also depends on how the student answers the questions appearing in module 1 of the verbal and math sections. So the first challenge to be faced is to get the maximum number of questions right in the first module of both sections.
All questions in the verbal section will be discrete and independent. There will be no reference to a common stimulus such as an extended passage. With the limited words in a short passage, the student should be able to arrive at the right answer. The focus is more on high-order reading, writing analysis, and reading.
The SAT eliminates the possibility of one question interacting with the other and inadvertently cluing the answer. Students cannot use strategies that intend to circumvent the rigor by not reading the entire stimulus and focusing only on reading the portion related to answering the question.
Reading online is something that Indian students are not familiar with. While students are tech-savvy, academic reading online is not something that the children of today may be used to. Reading from a book and reading online is completely different and while attempting to ace a test under the pressure of time it is extremely important to practice reading and answering comprehension questions online. Scrolling through passages is not something that is comfortable especially when you have not practiced reading online.
Annotation, marking phrases, underlining clues, etc is easy when done on paper, but doing the same thing in an online examination needs meticulous and consistent practice. Effective use of the tools available on the SAT is another key element to being able to ace the test within the given time available. Remember, while the goal is to see harder questions to be able to get the highest score, it is also important to remember that the time to solve hard questions remains the same. Pacing and Accuracy come with practice.
The verbal section has 2 modules with 25 operational or scored questions and 2 pre-test or unscored questions each.
Indians have innate knowledge when it comes to Mathematics. Indian students are automatically inclined towards the subject. Often, even at their worst, they seem to perform better than students from other countries. Although the Mathematics syllabus for the SAT exam is comparatively easier, the other big advantage that the SAT comes with is the option to use the calculator throughout the entire math section.
This section has 20 operational or scored questions and 2 pretest or unscored questions. Although this is relatively easier, the issue with time management remains. Should you be using the calculator for each and every question in math? Using calculators can be immensely time-consuming as all the numbers are to be typed. A quick revision is required to ensure that all the data entered are accurate. Upon receiving the result, a close introspection is expected to make sure the answer acquired is correct. All of this takes up unnecessary time. Students are advised to use calculators as rarely as possible. This saves them valuable time.
The math section will cover 30% of the question which would be context related and 70% would be without context. Student-produced responses or questions where the student will have to enter the value in the space provided and will not have options to choose from will have to be entered without any errors and will also have to follow the specific characters required for positive numbers and negative numbers. The right understanding of how to enter the correct answer for these question types is important. The smallest error in updating the answer would impact the score in the math section.
|Category||Reading & Writing||Math|
|Format||2-stage adaptive test design||2-stage adaptive test design|
|# questions||1st module – 25 operational questions & 2 pre test questions
2nd module – 25 operational questions & 2 pretest questions
|1st module – 20 operational questions & 2 pre test questions
2nd module – 20 operational questions & 2 pretest questions
|Time per stage||32 minutes per module||35 minutes per module|
|Total # questions||54||44|
|Total time||64 minutes||70 minutes|
|Time per question||1.19 minutes||1.59 minutes|
The SAT will be administered in two hours rather than three, with shorter reading passages and one question for each. Because each student will receive a unique version of the test, the SAT will be more flexible and secure. This will avoid the unpleasant experiences of papers being leaked or cheating!
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