INTRODUCTION TO SAT

SAT is a standardised test conducted by College Board taken for undergraduate admission in United States and some other countries. Know all about SAT. The SAT Test is taken in two types: SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subjects Test. Both the SAT Test Pattern 2017 follow different formats to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge. The SAT Test syllabus has been set keeping in mind the requirements of the two formats. While SAT Reasoning test is taken to assess a student’s reading, writing and mathematical ability, the SAT Subjects Test assesses a candidate’s expertise in specific subjects.

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Eligibility for SAT 2017

There are no specific eligibility criteria for SAT 2017. Since SAT is taken for admission in colleges, students are advised to take the test when they are in junior or senior high school. There is no specific score or time to take SAT, one can take the test irrespective of any particular SAT test eligibility criteria. In the US, students take the exam in their junior or senior years of high school (grades 11th or 12th). This means SAT candidates are roughly 17 and 18 years old, however, there is no age limit or other SAT test eligibility requirement.

SAT Reasoning Test:

According to the SAT 2017 test pattern, the total duration of the test is 3 hours. However, candidates will be given another 50 minutes for the Essay, which is optional. The new SAT test pattern 2017 has, essentially, four sections- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Reading Test, Writing and Language Test and Math while the Essay is optional. As per the SAT 2017 test pattern, a total of 154 questions is asked in the SAT 2017 including 1 essay question. The exam is basically objective.

  • Writing: This section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. This section is allotted 35 minutes and will have 44 questions.
  • Critical reading: According to SAT test pattern 2017, this section includes reading passages and sentence completions. It is divided into three sub-sections. The questions asked in this section are based on either short passage reading or long passage reading. The questions are based on multiple choice questions. These questions evaluate a student's understanding ability. According to the SAT test pattern 2017, the time allotted to this section is 65 minutes for attempting 52 questions.
  • Mathematics: This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. As per the SAT test pattern 2017, test takers will be given 80 minutes to solve 57 questions.
 

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