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What is the SAT I?
The SAT I is a standardized examination designed to measure students’
abilities in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning. Many
colleges and universities consider SAT scores an
important factor in judging the quality of applicants.
US colleges value the SAT because it provides a level playing field for applicants
to demonstrate their abilities. Since grading standards vary from one school
to another, one student with a 4.0 GPA may not necessarily match another student
with the same GPA. Thus, many schools rely on the SAT as a fair metric by
which to judge a student’s abilities against another's. As a result
of the intensely competitive nature of the application process for the best
schools, an impressive SAT score is all the more desirable because a superior
test score could potentially provide an applicant with that extra edge needed
Any student seriously considering any of the most prestigious universities
in the United States must recognize the SAT as an important element of the
application process. A less-than-outstanding SAT score will not necessarily
nullify an applicant’s chances of acceptance, since other factors including
GPA, extracurricular activities, and application essays are also considered;
however, an outstanding score certainly helps.
For two of the three areas (Reading and Writing, and Math) tested by the
SAT, a scaled area score (ranging from 200 to 800) is determined, giving a
maximum possible total score of 1600. The essay score is reported separately,
with three subscores in reading, analysis, and writing ranging from 1-4 for
a total out of 12.
In March 2016, the format of the SAT will change significantly. The test
has been simplified: instead of nine subsections with twenty or twenty-five
minutes each, the SAT is now composed of four longer sections plus the optional
essay. The emphasis on general reasoning and abstract knowledge and application
has been replaced with an emphasis on applied reasoning and analysis of provided
The good news is that the changes made to the SAT in March 2016 have made
significant improvement a more achievable goal. Armed with serious diligence
and commitment, you have a greater chance than ever before to do well on the
SAT, and we at Ivy Global are prepared to equip you with the skills and strategies
needed to maximize your results. Ivy Global offers both SAT
preparation classes and SAT tutoring.
What is the format of the SAT?
The SAT is 3 hours and 50 minutes long (including the optional essay):
100-minute Evidenced-based Reading and Writing sectionReading Test (65 minutes, 52 questions)Writing and Language Test (35 minutes, 44 questions)
80-minute Math section
Calculator section (55 minutes, 38 questions)
No-calculator section (25 minutes, 20 questions)
Optional Essay-writing section (50 minutes)
When can I take the exam?
The SATs may be taken by students in January, March, May, June, October,
November or December. See SAT Test Schedule.
How do I register?
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