SAT stands for Standardised Admission Test that has its roots as an Army IQ test. It made its way into the US academic testing methodologies because of its ability to analyse intellectual potential. The text is conducted by the College Board. The test projects readiness of a student to pursue a college degree and acts as a medium for colleges to make comparisons between applicants and approve candidatures. The test is conducted every year in the months of August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. A high school student can take the SAT during their junior year or during their senior year for admission to their preferred college.
Eligibility Criteria for SAT
There are no specified eligibility
criteria for SAT. Anyone can appear for the test but a few things that need
attention while applying are:
If the candidate is 12 years old or younger, they can register for SAT by mail ONLY.
If the candidate is13 years or older, they can create a free College Board account and register for the test.
If the candidate is any older than 21 years of age, they are liable to produce a government-issued photo ID proof like a driving license or the passport.
Students with disabilities must inform the College
Board in advance. The accommodations being made should be approved by the
Things to know about scoring in SAT
The maximum score you can get on the SAT is 1600 while the average score is 1060. The test has got two major sections that sample your intellectual potential. These sections are Evidence-based reading, writing, and math. A student can score a minimum of 200 in these sections. Numbers are added for each question answered correctly and nothing is subtracted for wrong or unattempted questions.
The responses are then converted in scores by equating methods that the College Board keeps limited to themselves. To get admission into an esteemed college, an SAT score above 1500 is ideal while to get admission to local college branches, a score of 1050 is usually sufficient.
Aside from performing well in the test, students academic performance in school, the subjects they studied in school, their participation in extracurricular activities and interests also play a key role in how the college views their application.
Total time: 3 hours and 50 minutes (with essay) and 3 hours without essay.
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