SAT

About SAT

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that 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 junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.

  • The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  • The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.

The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Test Formats

Skills Time Limit Questions & Sections Score
Reading 70 minutes

One 20 minutes section

Two 25 minutes section

19 Sentence Completion

48 Passage-based reading

           200-800
Math 70 minutes

One 20 minutes section

Two 25 minutes section

44 Multiple choice

10 Grid- in

          200-800
Writing 60 minutes

One 10 minutes section

Two 25 minutes sections

25 Improving Sentences

18 Identifying sentence errors

6 Improving Paragraphs

1 Essay

         200-800
Experimental 25 minutes Math, Reading or Grammar Section        Not – Scored
Total 3 hours 45 minutes 10 Sections 600 – 2400

 

The Critical Reading Section

The Critical Reasoning section of the SAT measures a person’s ability to understand and analyze written material. The questions carry a .25-point penalty for incorrect answers. The Critical Reading Section consists of two types of questions. ?Reading Comprehension (including both long and short passages)

Sentence Completion

The format of the three sections is:

•  25 minutes: 8 Sentence Completion questions followed by 16 Reading Comprehension questions

•  25 minutes: 5 Sentence Completion questions followed by 19 Reading Comprehension questions

•  20 minutes: 6 Sentence Completion questions followed by 13 Reading Comprehension questions

The Math Section

The math sections measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. These sections focus on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra. To test these skills, the SAT employs two different question types:

•  Multiple-Choice

•  Grid-Ins

The multiple-choice questions carry a .25-point penalty for incorrect answers. The grid-in questions carry no penalty for wrong answers, because the likelihood of guessing the correct answer is negligible.

The format of the three sections is:

•  25 minutes: 20 Multiple-Choice questions

•  25 minutes: 8 Multiple-Choice questions followed by 10 Grid-ins.

•  20 minutes: 16 Multiple-Choice questions

 

The Experimental Section

The experimental section of the SAT is an additional 25-minute section. It can be a math, critical reading, or grammar section. It does not count towards the examinee’s score. The inclusion of this section within the SAT ensures a more fair and balanced scoring method, and allows the College Board to compile data on previously unreleased questions.

Fee Structure

Exam Fee

Test Validity

Full Marks

Minimum Requirement

US $ 75

5 Years

2400

1200*

It is a paper based exam. The cost for SAT is $75. The test is offered five or six times a year and you should register well in advance to appear for the test due to limited seats. There are three test centers in Nepal: Lincoln School, Rato Bangala School and St. Xavier’s School. Please note that on a single test date, you can either take the SAT Reasoning Test or the SAT Subject Tests.

Fee Structure

Fee Structure & Duration:
Admission & Placement Test US $ 12
Course Fee US $ 100
Duration 6 weeks ( Monday to Friday)
Note: This course fee includes study materials and 4 mock tests.

FAQs

Q: What does the SAT test?

A: The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life.

• The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.

• The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.

• The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Q: How important is the SAT in college admission?

A: The SAT is just one factor among many that colleges use to get to know you better. It’s part of a comprehensive admission process that also takes into account your high school academics, extracurricular activities, recommendations, personal essay and other factors.

Every college and university uses a different combination of criteria for admission. Research the schools you’re interested in using www.oasis.edu.np to understand their unique admission policies.

Q: How is the SAT scored?

A: Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You’ll also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.

But how do you get these scores? Two steps happen before you see a final score.?First, examiners figure out your raw score by:

• Adding points for correct answers.

• Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers.

Remember: Questions that you skipped don’t count either for or against your score, and points aren’t taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where you needed to enter the answer into a grid.

Then examiners take your raw score and turn it into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, and it is done through a statistical process called “equating.” This process makes it possible to compare your score with the scores of other students who took alternative versions of the test, and to your own scores on previous tests.

Q: How much time will I have to take the SAT?

A: The SAT is made up of 10 sections:

• A 25-minute essay

• Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)

• Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)

A 10-minute multiple-choice writing section?Total test time: 3 hours and 45 minutes?You’ll also get three short breaks during the testing, so don’t forget to bring a snack!

Q: How many times should I take the SAT?

A: Most students take the SAT once or twice. We don’t recommend taking it more than twice because there’s no evidence that taking the SAT multiple times significantly changes your score.

Q: What is the “unscored” section?

A: Each SAT exam includes an extra 25-minute critical reading, mathematics or writing multiple-choice section that doesn’t count toward your score.

This section is where ETS tries out new questions to make sure that future exams are fair for students from different backgrounds. It also helps them make sure that scores from students taking future exams can be compared to scores from students who took earlier versions of the test.

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