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SAT Test Preparation

SAT Scoring Methodology

The SAT comprises of two sections, SAT math and Evidence-Based Reading and writing. The test scores you on the scale of 200- 800 points giving a possible total of 1600. The subscores and insight scores are scored separately and will be reported along with the optional essay. For the questions you have not answered will not count either for or against their score, nor there is negative marking for answering wrong questions on the math section. The raw score for each section is then converted into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, which is done through a statistical process called ‘equating’.

 The SAT structure is as follows: 

Sections Component Time Allotted (min.) Number of Questions/Tasks
1 Reading 65 52
2 Writing and Language 35 44
3 Math (No Calculator) 25 20 (5 Grid-in)
4 Math (Calculator) 55 38 (8 Grid-in)
5 Essay (optional) 50 1
Total 180 (230 with Essay) 154 (155 with Essay)

 

Key highlights of the New SAT:

  • SAT is offered in the months of January, May, June, October, November, and December in India.
  • SAT is conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is usually held on the last Saturday).
  • Students have 3 hours (3 hours 50 minutes with optional essay) to take the SAT, breaks, and check-in-time is not included.
  • The best time to take the SAT is in when you are class XI and SAT scores are valid for five years.
  • There is no negative marking or wrong-answer penalty and also there are no sentence completion questions on the Critical Reading section.
  • Only 4 answer choices per question in the New SAT test format. Also, the SAT is available in print and digitally. The maximum attempts you can have to take the test are two to three times, however, you should do it only when you are sure that you will improve your score in the next attempt.
  • The essay question asks students to analyze a 650-700 word document and explain how the author builds an argument. Students need not have previous knowledge of any particular subject to successfully answer the essay question as the test focuses on the reading, writing, and analysis skills of the test-takers.
  • There nothing called a ‘’good’ SAT score. Usually, scoring close to the mean (average) of scoring about 500 on critical reading and writing and 500 on mathematics indicates that you have scored well.
  • The process of evaluating score varies from college to college and university to university.  Your score report sent to colleges includes score ranges and percentiles indicating how well a student has performed.