The SAT is a standardized test for most college admissions in the United States and several other countries. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States.
Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you - the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.
What does the SAT test?
SAT tests the skills you�re learning in school: reading, writing and math.
- The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
- The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
- The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
There are two types of SAT tests:
SAT Reasoning test or SAT-I Test
: It consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200-800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections.
SAT Subject Test or SAT-II Test
: It consists of 20 multiple-choice standardized tests given on individual subjects. Students typically choose which tests to take depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools to which they plan to apply.