SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills that students require for academic success in college. The SAT test assesses how well a candidate analyzes and solves the problems skills and other related skills which are required in college. The SAT Reasoning test is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.
Each section of the SAT defined with a score on a scale of 200 - 800, with two writing sub-scores for multiple-choice and the essay. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories, and six times a year overseas.
SAT (SAT Reasoning Test or SAT subjects Test or both) is normally taken by high school juniors and seniors internationally. There is no eligibility conditions in terms of minimum marks for appearing in the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT Subject Tests), but several colleges need a good SAT score along with a good academic record. In addition, those colleges conduct their own tests, like Essay Writing, Personality Test etc and also ask for commendation letters from the teacher / College etc. A nicely written CV (Curriculum Vitae) can help students to increase their points in getting the admission. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
SAT Reasoning Test Pattern
SAT Reasoning Test includes a Critical Reading, Mathematics, and writing sections, with a specific number of questions related to content.
SAT Critical Reading Section: Critical Reading section of SAT Reasoning test is conducted for 70 minutes duration (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section) The section comprises of Critical reading and sentence-level reading which will carry comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading. The score is 200-800. The critical reading section, (formerly known as the verbal section), includes short reading passages along with the existing long reading passages. Analogies have been eliminated, but sentence-completion questions and passage-based reading questions remain.
The Critical Reading Section measures:
- Sentence Completions
- Passage-based Reading
SAT Mathematics Section:
The duration of the test is 70 min. (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section) and comprises of questions related to numbers and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis. They will have five-choice multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses. The score level is 200-800.
The SAT includes expanded Mathematics topics, such as exponential growth, absolute value, and functional notation, and place greater emphasis on such other topics as linear functions, manipulations with exponents, and properties of tangent lines. Important skills formerly measured in the quantitative comparison format, such as estimation and number sense, will continue to be measured through the multiple choice and student response (grid-in) questions.
SAT The Writing Section:
The time duration is 60 min., which will comprise questions from Grammar, usage, and word choice and will be asked in multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written essay (25 min.). The score level is 200-800
The writing section includes both multiple-choice questions and a direct writing measure in the form of an essay.
The short essay measures your ability to:
- Organize and express ideas clearly
- Develop and support the main idea
- Use appropriate word choice and sentence structure
You'll be asked to develop a point of a view on an issue, using reasoning and evidence based on your own experiences, readings, or observations to support your ideas.
The essay will be scored by trained high school and college teachers. Each reader will give the essay a score from 1 to 6 (6 is the highest score) based on the overall quality of the essay and your demonstration of writing competence.