Scholastic Assessment Test is a paper-based, standardised English proficiency test used for admissions into undergraduate programmes in USA colleges and higher institutions of learning. The SAT was developed by the COLLEGE BOARD and administered by the EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE (ETS). The SAT takes three hours to finish, plus 50 minutes for the SAT with essay.
Writing and Language Section:
The Writing and Language Test of the SAT is made up of one section with 44 multiple-choice questions and a time limit of 35 minutes. As with the Reading Test, all questions are based on reading passages which may be accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts. The test taker will be asked to read the passages, suggest corrections or improvements for the contents underlined. Reading passages on this test range in content from topic arguments to nonfiction narratives in a variety of subjects. The skills being evaluated include: increasing the clarity of argument; improving word choice; improving analysis of topics in social studies and science; changing sentence or word structure to increase organizational quality and impact of writing; and, fixing or improving sentence structure, word usage, and punctuation.
Evidence-based Reading Section:
The Reading Test of the SAT contains one section of 52 questions and a time limit of 65 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice and based on reading passages. Tables, graphs, and charts may accompany some passages, but no math is required to correctly answer the corresponding questions. There are five passages (up to two of which may be a pair of smaller passages) on the Reading Test and 10-11 questions per passage or passage pair. SAT Reading passages draw from three main fields: history, social studies, and science. Each SAT Reading Test always includes: one passage from U.S. or world literature; one passage from either a U.S. founding document or a related text; one passage about economics, psychology, sociology, or another social science; and, two science passages. Answers to all of the questions are based only on the content stated in or implied by the passage or passage pair.
Calculator-use Mathematics Section:
This Mathematics section has 38 questions (30 multiple choice and 8 grid-in) and lasts 55 minutes. All scientific and most graphing calculators, including Computer Algebra System (CAS) calculators, are permitted in this section only. All four-function calculators are also allowed. However, these devices are not recommended, despite being allowed to be used. All mobile phone and smartphone calculators, calculators with typewriter-like (QWERTY) keyboards, laptops and other portable computers, and calculators capable of accessing the Internet are not permitted.
No-calculator Mathematics Section:
This Mathematics section has 20 questions (15 multiple choice and 5 grid-in) and lasts 25 minutes. No form of calculator is permitted for use in this section.
In total, the SAT Mathematics test is 80 minutes long and includes 58 questions: 45 multiple choice questions and 13 grid-in questions. The multiple choice questions have four possible answers, while the grid-in questions are free response and require the test-taker to provide an answer.
It has a total of 1800 obtainable marks.
3 – 5 years
In the US, it is conducted seven (7) times a year: August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. For international students (out of the US), the SAT is conducted four (4) times a year: October, December, March and May. The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the October, November, December, May, and June administrations. Candidates wishing to take the test should register at least three weeks before the preferred test date.