Paper Pattern for SAT

Published On: 26 Mar 2012

 | Last Updated On: 04 Sep 2014

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a globally recognized test which helps in taking admission in abroad colleges. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) tests your skill in quantitative reasoning and verbal ability for admission to colleges in USA.

It is conducted, developed and published by College Board of US but it is formally conducted, developed and published by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate courses in US universities are required to take SAT exam. An individual cannot take SAT exam more than 2 times.

Topics Covered in the SAT

The SAT tests skills taught in high school classrooms: critical reading, writing and math. A student’s knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and beyond.

·  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 topics like arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Exam Duration

The SAT is a fairly long exam – 3 hours and 45 minutes in duration, and made up of 10 sections:

*  One 25-minute essay

*  Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)

*  Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)

*  One 10-minute multiple-choice writing section

Scoring of the Exam

Each section of the SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) is scored on a 200-800 point scale, for a possible maximum total of 2400. Students also get two ‘subscores’ on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.

SAT Paper Pattern

SAT exam is of 2 types SAT I which is also known as SAT General Test and SAT II which is also known as SAT Subject Test.

SAT II or SAT Subject Test

This section is optional and is required by only some colleges and universities for admissions. Here candidates get an opportunity to exhibit their skills and knowledge in specific subject to colleges and universities.

The test is of 1 hour duration and comprises of multiple choice based questions. Here candidates are asked to opt for 3 subjects in every sitting from a list of 20 subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, Spanish Listening, German Reading, Literature, Mathematics, French and World history.

SAT redesign:

The SAT is being redesigned, and the new exam will be administered for the first time in the spring of 2016. Students who plan to take their SAT in 2014 and 2015 will not get impacted by this redesign.

Some of the key changes in the redesigned test will be – using a 1600 point scoring scale, the essay becoming optional, no negative marking, and limited use of calculators. Those who would like to learn more about the redesigned SAT should visit:

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