Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

SAT is a globally recognised standardized test that is taken for admission at colleges of US (primarily) and other countries
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What is SAT?

SAT provides a yardstick for colleges to compare students for admission to their various programs. The aim of various universities is to test whether you can apply the  knowledge of reading, writing, math and chosen subjects (physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology) at a university level. Basically, SAT is of two types. They are- SAT Reasoning Test or SAT – I and SAT subjects test. Both the SAT test patterns follow different formats to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and hence have different SAT syllabus. The SAT Test syllabus has been set keeping in mind the requirements of the two formats. Since SAT is attempted by students who are in their high school or equivalent, the SAT syllabus is also based at that level. Hence, SAT test is based on subjects taught in high school programs. According to the SAT syllabus, the total duration of the test is 3 hours. However, candidates will be given another 50 minutes for the Essay(optional). Taking the most challenging coursework at school might help in acing the SAT exam.

SAT focuses on 3 sections

Reading
52 Multiple Choice Questions
Writing
44 Multiple Choice Questions
Mathematics
45 + 13 Multiple Choice Questions
Essay (Optional)
Evidence-based essay question

College Admissions through SAT

Indian Universitites

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Foreign Universities

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How Avanti helps you to ace SAT?

10-Week Program for students in grade 10 & 11

For SAT - Math and English
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80 hours of detailed instruction in Math and English
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Qualified & experienced teachers from India
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Comprehensive study materials
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Online testing with analysis

SAT Exam Structure

SAT exam is 3 hour 50 minutes long, excluding breaks. Test takers are allowed to take two breaks – one 10-minute and one five-minute break during the test.

The exam consists of two sections and one optional essay. The two sections are:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    1. Reading Test – 65-minutes – 52 MCQs
    2. Writing and Language Test -35-minutes – 44 MCQs
  2. Math
    1. Calculator Not Allowed Section – 25 minutes – 15 MCQs and 5 Grid-In questions
    2. Calculator Allowed Section – 55 minutes – 30 MCQs and 8 Grid-In questions
  3. Essay (Optional) – The final section is the optional essay. The duration of the essay section is 50 minutes.

The sequence of the sections may vary. Sections have to be answered in the order they appear and in the time allotted. You cannot go back to a section after the time allotted for that particular section is over, and you cannot move ahead to the next section before time is called, even if you have completed all questions in the previous section.

What score is good?

The following chart shows the scores 700, 750 and 800 and their 2016 percentile rank for a few Subject Tests. It also includes the most recent percentile ranks for the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections of the regular SAT for better comparison:

SAT Test 800-score percentile 750-score percentile 700-score percentile
Math Section 99 97 94
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section 99 99 95