The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) assesses the students’ reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed through their course work. It measures their ability to analyze and solve problems by applying what they have learnt in school. The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills students will need for academic success in their coming years of college.
SAT scores are reported on a scale from 200-800, and are in multiple-choice format, with additional sub-scores reported for the Essay (on a range of 4-4-4). Along with the cumulative scores, there will also be a percentile score, which will enable college admissions staff to assess how well a student performed compared with other students who have taken the test.
There are two main modules in the new format:
a. A Combined Verbal Section for evidence based reading and writing comprising of:
- 52-Question Reading Test (65 minutes) based on 6 passages spanning all major disciplines, and including infographic-visuals.
- 44-Question Writing and Language Test (35 minutes) based on 4 passages from all disciplines, again including graphs, charts tables etc.
- b. A 58-Question, MATH Test (80 minutes=25-minute non-calculator section + a 55-minute calculator-section )
- c. A 50-minute ANALYTICAL- ESSAY is the last and an “Optional” section, scored on the criteria of Reading, Analysis and Writing on a range of 4-4-4 for each item, and will be double evaluated, making the net essay score a maximum of 8-8-8.
The good news now is that there is no negative marking which means you will not be penalized for wrong guesses.
Test takers sitting next to each other in the same testing session may have test books with entirely different sections.
The SAT is developed and administered by the US-based College Entrance Examination Board. This implies that College Board sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report. For more info refer to sat.collegeboard.org /a>