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Test Preparation – SAT

The Scholastic Aptitude Test, also referred to as the SAT, is written by high school juniors and seniors seeking admission to colleges and universities. This exam can be taken internationally six times during the year. As such, it is crucial to have a good test preparation for the SAT and get as high as you can.

Format

The SAT is the more dependable and authorized standardized test in the United States and all over the world. The three sections are all assessed on the same day. The SAT is a timed test. The test, if a candidate makes use of all the time allotted to them, takes three hours and 45 minutes. Within these three skillsets— mathematics, reading, and writing—there are 10 independently timed sections. Three sections of the test concentrate on mathematics, three on reading, and three on writing.

Test Preparation – SAT

So as to get ready for the SAT, you should know what type of questions to prepare for. Questions on the SAT are multiple choices, student-produced answers (in the math section) and there is an essay format also.

The critical reading section of the SAT includes reading passages and sentence completions. Passages are provided and students will be asked to answer questions about the passages. Students will also be given a sentence and asked to choose the word that best completes the sentence. Candidates getting ready for the SAT should prepare for these questions by learning common vocabulary words.

The multiple-choice questions and student-produced questions in the math sections are divided into three sections and focus on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. By the time this test is written, junior or senior year in high school, a candidate should have taken subjects covering all of these mathematical areas. A test taker is permitted to bring an accepted calculator, and a reference sheet of conversions will be given to candidates.

The writing section features multiple-choice questions and a hand-written essay. The multiple-choice questions require candidates to identify faults in sentences and passages and enhance grammar and usage. The short essay is an opinion piece. A prompt is presented to the test takers on the test day. After being presented with the prompt, the candidate has a set amount of time to write a comprehensive concise essay with a beginning, middle, and end.

Once you familiarise yourself with the type of questions and format for each skillset evaluated, you can then begin to review the content. There is an SAT prep book that can be bought at a bookstore or borrowed from your public library. This SAT prep book will provide you sample tests with SAT past questions. It is not the same test that you will be sitting for, but a mock-up of the number of questions and types of questions to anticipate, and will give you a true score of how well you did on the sample test.

SAT Registration

Registration for the SAT test can be carried out online. The fee is about $51 USD for the standard SAT exam and can be paid for when registering. The SAT exam is available seven times a year in the United States and six times a year globally. The months in which the test is available are October, November, December, January, March (the United States only), May, and June. The registration closing dates for the SAT exam is a month before the date in which you plan to write it. For many candidates, the SAT exam needs to be written two times. So as to figure out when you need to write the test, determine the application closing of all the schools to which you intend to apply.

Preparing for Test Day – Test Preparation (SAT)

On the day of your SAT test, there are a number of things you will require and other things that should be kept at home. First of all, you will require a form of identification and your SAT admission slip that you obtained when you enrolled for the SAT exam. Remember to take water and a snack for break times. You will not be allowed to leave the room if you finish a section early. With this being said, bring a book to read. Keep an eye on the time so you know how much time you can spend on a particular section. Bring a couple (at least two) sharpened number 2 pencils with good erasers.

For the math section, you are allowed to bring a calculator. There are strict policies regarding calculators. You are allowed to bring a graphing calculator, a scientific calculator, or a four-function calculator, although the last one is not recommended. You are not allowed to bring an iPad, laptop, calculator that is a TI-92 plus or Voyage 200, cell phone calculator, or calculators that make use of an electrical outlet or has a paper tape.

Bringing certain items into the exam room could result in you being kicked out of the exam. Leave mobile phones at home or in your vehicle. You are also going to want to leave any music device at home, such as MP3 players or iPods.

SAT Scoring

What is the SAT scoring system? All of the three subjects on the SAT test is scored separately, giving you three individual scores for the SAT test. The scores are consolidated to form the total SAT score. Colleges and universities examine each skill’s score individually as well as the total SAT score.

The SAT test awards the test taker points for getting the answer right. One point is given for every question answered appropriately. For wrong multiple-choice responses, ¼ of a point is deducted. For wrong student-produced responses, zero points are given or deducted. For omitted questions, a test taker does not receive positive points or deducted points, just zero points for all of the omitted questions. It is advised that candidates should not guess on the SAT, but rather avoid questions they do not know how to answer.

Your raw score which could be between 20-80 points per each math and reading section is then converted to a scaled score (reported on a 200-800 scale) by a statistical process called equating. The writing essay section is based on a 0-6 scale, the highest score being 6. This score is reported on the 200-800 scale also. Equating permits comparisons among test takers who take various versions of the test.

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