SAT Exam Pattern

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Earlier known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), now simply called SAT, is a paper based standardized entrance test mainly taken by candidates who want to study in USA.

The pattern of SAT exam can be differentiated in two types:

i) SAT Reasoning Test and

ii) SAT Subjects Test.

The SAT Reasoning test is designed to assess the skills of thinking and logical reasoning. This is a long duration test with three hours and forty five minutes and has three divisions – Mathematics, Reading and Writing.

    1. Mathematics: This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. It has one 20 minute section and two 25 minute sections. This division has five multiple choice questions with a maximum score of 800.
    1. Reading: This section includes reading passages and sentence completions. The questions are based on either short passage reading or long passage reading. These reading passages are to test the comprehension of implied meaning of the passages. Sentence completion questions in the section test the vocabulary and understanding of the sentence structure. This division has one 20 minute section and two 25 minute sections. Reading scores are from 200-800 points.
    1. Writing: This section includes short essay and multiple choice questions. This is to test the ability to correct faults and usage and sentence structures. This division has one 10 minute section and two 25 minute sections with a maximum score of 800.

The maximum score for all the three divisions is 2400. But there are 9 sections in all, three for each division, and one equating section. The equating section is used to assess the questions for use in future tests. It can be in any of the three areas and does not count toward the score.  For every correct answer one point is given and students lose ¼ point for an incorrect answer. No points are deducted for omitted answers. Then these scores are equated. A statistical analysis is done to make sure the test is an accurate representation of the students’ skills. The unscored section of the test helps to ensure the test is fair. In the statistical analysis, equating adjusts for slight differences in difficulty between test editions and ensures that a student’s score for example 500 on one edition of test reflects the same ability as a score of 500 on another edition of the test. Equating ensures that a student’s score does not depend on how well others did on the same edition of the test.

SAT Subjects test is optional. If a student wishes to take the SAT exam to illustrate his strength in the particular subject at the time of admission in college, then the student can take the exam. SAT subject test is conducted separately for particular subjects such as mathematics, science, English and other language subjects. The duration of the test is one hour for all subjects. This SAT exam is also scored on a 200-800 scale.

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