The SAT is a standardised test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organisation in the United States. It was first called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, but now SAT does not stand for anything, hence it is an empty acronym.
The SAT is a globally recognised college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply the knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their Class 11 or Class 12, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills they are learning in school: reading, writing and math. The knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout life.Test Format
|Section||Type of Questions||Score||Time Alloted||Number of Questions/Tasks|
|Reading||Sentence completions, reading comprehension and paragraph-length critical reading.||200-800||65 Mins||52|
|Writing and Language||Grammar, usage, and word choice.||35 Mins||44|
|Eassy (Optional)||Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission. Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text.||on each of three dimensions for Essay and result reported separately||50 Mins||1|
|Mathematics||Algebra and functions; statistics, probability, and data analysis; number and operations; geometry.||200-800||80 Mins||58|
|Total||180 Mins (230 Mins with Essay)||154 (155 with Essay)|
|Comparison of the Major Features: Pre-March-2016 SAT and New SAT|
|Category||Pre-March-2016 SAT||New SAT|
|Total Test Time||3 hours and 45 minutes||3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])|
|Subscore Reporting||None||Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors|
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There are few options to complete the SAT registration.
The quickest and easiest way to register is online:
Register by Mail
Students should register by mail if they need to:
To register by mail, students need the Paper Registration Guide for the SAT, which is available from the school counsellor. The Guide includes a registration form and return envelope.
When filling out the form, students may need a College Board code number for college majors, college and scholarship programmes, test centres or high schools.
College Board SAT Program
901 South 42nd Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Students must submit a photo with his/her registration for the SAT. The photo provides becomes a part of the student's Admission Ticket.
Test registration on test day at the test centre is not available. If the requested test centre is closed due to weather or some other unexpected condition, the waitlist request is cancelled and students are notified. If there is still time, students may be able to submit a new waitlist request for another centre. Waitlist requests cannot be made for scheduled makeup test administrations.
Test results usually are published within 15-20 days of the test. There is never a specific date for the publishing of the results.
Candidate can check the dates from here
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