Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the US, Canada as well as other countries to select students for admissions to undergraduate courses. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation (LoR), interviews and personal essays.
The best time to take SAT depends on a variety of factors: the schools to which you’re applying, your application deadlines, your cash flow and your personality.
The College Board® conducts the SAT® exam in a specific SAT 2018 exam pattern having two distinctive formats, namely SAT Reasoning Test or simply SAT and SAT Subjects Test. Both the SAT exam pattern 2018 have unique characteristics for evaluating aspirants’ knowledge and skill. SAT governing body has prescribed individual SAT exam syllabus for both the formats. The SAT (Reasoning test) is conducted to evaluate candidates’ Reading, Writing and Mathematical ability, while the SAT Subjects Test assesses test takers’ expertise in specific subjects. As per the new SAT 2018 exam pattern, one of the most important alterations for aspirants (March 2018 onwards) is that the exam will be scored on a total of 1600 while the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math sections will each be scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. Also, there is no negative marking in SAT.
SAT Exam Pattern
|Number of sections||4 (2 EBRW; 2 Math)|
|Duration of exam||180 minutes (without Essay)|
|Number of questions||154|
|Language of paper||English|
|Mode of examination||Pencil-paper|
SAT Exam Pattern Break-up
|Section||Sub-section||Number of Questions||Time Limit (min.)||Score Range|
|Evidence based Reading and Writing||Reading Test
Writing and Language Test
|Mathematics||Math without Calculator
Math with Calculator
|Essay(optional)||–||1||50||2 to 8|
|Total||–||154(155 with Essay)||180 (230 with essay)||400-1600|
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