A standardized test, the SAT® measures Mathematical, Reading and Writing skills of students aspiring to undergo their undergraduate studies abroad. The test intends to aid Undergraduate Schools to assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for SAT® scores.
The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 1600. The SAT® I score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school that they desire.
The SAT® has following sections – Mathematics, Reading test and Writing and Language test.
What is the scoring scale for the SAT®?
- The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800
- The Critical Reading section is scored on a scale of 200-800
- The Essay is scored separately on a scale of 2-8
- The entire SAT® test score ranges from 400-1600
Advantages of the New SAT Scoring Scale compared to Old SAT
- Doesn’t penalize students for guessing wrong answer, so students have the opportunity to benefit even if they aren’t certain about an answer.
- Students can now determine where they can improve their performance by looking at the details on the redesigned score report.
- The essay is optional
SAT® Subject Test or SAT® II
Subject Tests (formerly SAT® II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take the SAT® Subject Test.
The examination is entirely a paper-based test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT® II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths Level 1, Maths Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.
The US-based College Board develops and administers both the SAT® I and SAT® II. College Board is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about the SAT® , please refer to the official website of SAT®-www.collegeboard.com