SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is a standardized test with a pre-defined syllabus that is designed to test critical thinking skills, as well the ability to analyze and solve problems in math, critical reading, and writing. The SAT is one way to demonstrate a student's competitiveness and their likelihood to succeed in a course and is one of several factors that many universities and colleges consider when making their admission decisions alongside high school grades which are also very important.
There are two types of SAT tests. The first is the SAT that tests knowledge of the subjects taught every day in high school classrooms which are reading, writing and math. The second is the SAT Subject Test that examines a student's proficiency in a particular subject matter. This test is usually taken by students that are applying for a specialized field of study such as English Literature, World History, Mathematics, Biology or Chemistry.
Preparation is key to getting a good score in the SAT. Investing time and effort in preparing for the exam is a critical element in the test taking strategy. The Chopras offers quality SAT coaching that ensures students get the best possible preparation. Here are just a few of the reasons why students should choose to prepare for their SAT test with The Chopras:
- One of the largest and most successful global education companies in India with 20 years of experience in assisting students make informed decisions about their futures and guiding them about their education options both in India and overseas.
- Vast experience in providing quality test preparation programmes for some of the most common standardized tests worldwide having helped several thousand students every year to successfully achieve their desired test scores.
- Experienced, qualified and professional faculty drawn from some of the most elite institutions in India all of whom have undergone a rigorous training schedule and who are subject to a regular and thorough evaluation process to ensure that their subject knowledge and teaching practices continue to be amongst the best in the industry.
- Thorough understanding of university entry requirements and admission processes worldwide with a vast network of partner institutions across the globe where thousands of students are placed annually having successfully achieved their desired test scores.
- Flexible and convenient schedules that suit students' needs and requirements with small batch sizes that allows for personalized attention to ensure that every individual establishes realistic goals for score improvement, understands the key test concepts and is given comprehensive guidance on effective test taking strategies.
In addition, The Chopras also offers all its students a comprehensive 5 Point Study Plan built around their needs and requirements. Students enrolling for GRE preparation with The Chopras will benefit from the ability to:
- take a demo class before enrolling
- monitor progress through personalized review sessions after class hours
- improve test scores through extra tutoring and result orientated strategies
- enhance aptitude levels through customized question pools and strategic quiz tools
- revise from question banks that mirror the test exam
The Chopras SAT coaching centres adopt a number of powerful preparation methods:
- Content: The Chopras uses the most relevant and frequently tested content helping its students to fully familiarise themselves with the SAT and to organise their time in an effective manner to achieve the best scores.
- Critical Thinking Strategies: Realising that standardised tests rely on more than just the content, The Chopras constantly updates and customises its study and reference material, along with practise test papers, to ensure that it is addressing students' specific areas of concern. A personalised report which identifies areas of weaknesses and strengths is generated to help the student identify his or her testing patterns and work in a focused manner. The Chopras result-oriented strategies enable students to increase both speed and accuracy.
- Essential Practice: The Chopras collection of practice tests, other than basic content and timed drills, follow the same structure of the actual SAT test. The realistic practice and extensive training, as well as test day tips and exam strategies provided by expert instructors, enhance students' confidence in preparation for the actual test.
- No Time Constraints: The Chopras provides intensive classroom coaching for 2 to 3 months though its in-house library and centre resources are available to students for a period of 6 months. The class schedule is divided into modules, each of which concentrates on a specific topic tested in the SAT. In terms of course duration and time slots, flexibility is provided. Weekend classes allow students to prepare for the SAT in accordance with their daily schedules.
The SAT test structure is as follows:
|Sections||Mathematics Section||Critical Reading Section||Writing Section|
|Time||70 minutes||70 minutes||60 minutes|
|Sections||Two 25-min. sections One 20-min. section||Two 25-min. sections One 20-min. section||Multiple Choices - 35 min. Essays section - 25min|
|Content||-Number & Operations; -Algebra & Functions; -Geometry; -Statistics; -Probability, & -Data Analysis||
-Critical Reading -Reading Comprehension -Sentence Completion
|Grammar, usage, and word choice|
SAT Scoring Methodology
Each section of the SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a scale that ranges from 200- 800 points giving a possible total of 2400. Two "subscores" will also be reported which are for the multiple-choice writing section (scored from 20 - 80), and an essay (scored from 2 - 12).
The first step in calculating the SAT score is to figure out the 'raw score' that is done by:
- Adding points for correct answers.
- Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers.
Questions that a student does not answer do not count either for or against their score. Neither are points taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where the answers needed to be entered into a grid. The raw score for each section is then converted into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, which is done through a statistical process called "equating."
The following key points are essential to bear in mind when taking the SAT:
- Every incorrect answer will result in a negative marking (1/4 marks per question).
- Too much time is often taken up answering specific questions, especially, in the Critical Reading section, which results in loss of valuable time to attempt other questions.
- The Critical Reading section is often seen as a challenge for students as it tests complicated language usage.
The Chopras 10 key insights into the SAT exam:
- In India, the SAT is offered in the months of January, May, June, October, November and December.
- The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is taken on the last Saturday).
- Students have 3 hours and 45 minutes to take the SAT, not including breaks and check-in time.
- After taking the SAT, students may cancel their score up until the Wednesday after they took the exam.
- The best time to take the SAT is in class 11, or at the start of class 12 and with at least six to eight months before the board exams commence.
- SAT scores are valid for five years.
- Students can take the test more than once to see if they can score better but they should only do so if they are confident that they can improve. Two to three times is the maximum recommended number of attempts.
- The essay question asks students to develop a point of view on an issue and support it with examples from what they have learned inside and outside of school. There is no right or wrong answer to the essay question. Students need not have previous knowledge of any particular subject to successfully answer the essay question.
- There is no definition of a "good" SAT score. Generally speaking, scoring close to the mean (average)- about 500 on critical reading, 500 on mathematics and 500 on writing-shows that a student has scored as well as about half of the other students who took the test.
- Each college has its own way of using test scores and evaluating applicants. The SAT score reports sent to colleges include score ranges and percentiles that provide some context for how well a student performed in the test.
Fees and Costs
The cost to take the SAT for Indian students is US$106.
In addition to the cost of taking the SAT other charges may apply in certain circumstances. Further details of costs can be found on http://sat.collegeboard.org/home
Why is the SAT important for college admissions ?
Colleges and Universities use different criterion during the admission process, the SAT being one of them. The test score is an important parameter that institutions evaluate, in order to understand you better.
What is the time duration for the SAT Exam?
The SAT Exam consists 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.
How is the SAT exam scored?
SAT is scored on a scale of 600-2400, with 200-800 scale for each of Maths, Critical Reading and Writing.
How many times should I take the SAT?
Preparation is the key. Most students may take the SAT once or twice. We recommend that you prepare well before sitting for the exam as there is no evidence that taking the SAT multiple times significantly improves your score.
How many times is the SAT exam conducted every year?
6 times (Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec). The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is taken on the last Saturday).