SAT* Prep Course Software
WHAT DOES THE SAT* MEASURE?
The SAT is an aptitude test. Like all aptitude tests, it must choose a medium in which to measure intellectual ability. The SAT has chosen math and English.
FORMAT OF THE NEW SAT
The SAT is a three-hour and 45 minute test. Only three hours and twenty minutes of the test count toward your score-- the experimental section is not scored. There are ten sections in the test. .
NOTE: The order of the format is not fixed: the sections can occur in any order.
Although time is strictly limited on the SAT, working too quickly can damage your score. Many problems hinge on subtle points, and most require careful reading of the set-up. Because high school can put heavy reading loads on students, many will follow their academic conditioning and read questions quickly, looking only for the gist of what each is asking. Once they have found it, they mark their answer and move on, confident they have answered it correctly. Later, many are startled to discover that they missed questions because they either misread the problems or overlooked subtle points.
SCORING THE SAT
The two parts of the test are scored independently. You will receive a reading score, writing score, and a math score. Each score ranges from 200 to 800, with a total test score of 600-2400. The average score of each section is about 500. Thus, the total average score is about 1500.
SKIPPING AND GUESSING
Some questions on the SAT are rather hard. Most test takers should skip these questions. We'll talk about how to identify hard questions as we come to them.
ORDER OF DIFFICULTY
Like most standardized tests, the SAT lists problems in ascending order of difficulty. Therefore, when trying to decide which questions to skip, skip the last ones.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT*?
The only difference between the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT is the format. Indeed, PSAT/NMSQT questions are taken from old SAT's. Hence, all the techniques that apply to the SAT apply to the PSAT/NMSQT.
The test is administered seven times a year -- usually in October, November, December, January, March, May and June -- on Saturday mornings. Special arrangements for schedule changes are available.
On the day of the test, walk-in registration is available, but you must call ETS in advance. You will be accommodated only if space is available -- it usually is.
It is crucial! Although colleges may consider other factors, the majority of admission decisions are based on only two criteria: your SAT score and your GPA.
Most people are better off preparing thoroughly for the test, taking it one time and getting their top score. You can take the test as often as you like, but some schools will average your scores. You should call the schools to which you are applying to find out their policy. Then plan your strategy accordingly.
Yes. To do so, you must notify ETS within 5 days after taking the test.
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