About the SAT

The SAT is the basic qualification for admission to a North American university (United States and Canada) for a Bachelors degree. All students intent on attending a North American university are required to sit the SAT. Certain UK universities will consider SAT scores for entry requirements. The SAT is a standardized aptitude test which tests a student’s abilities in the English language and mathematics. The SAT consists of four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Mathematics (with calculator), Mathematics (no calculator). There is also an optional essay section, which most US Universities require. The examination lasts for three hours without the essay and three hours and fifty minutes with the essay.

Each section is marked out of 800, with the lowest being 200. The scores from all the sections are added up and the examinee is given a grade out of 1600. The essay is marked separately.

What scores do I need? The answer to that question depends on which university you wish to apply to. If you are contemplating about applying to an IVY LEAGUE university, or one in the higher echelons then you should be looking for a minimum score of approximately 1350. If your native language is not English then you may be given a more flexible score as far as the Verbal section is concerned, though you will definitely need to take the TOEFL test and attain a score of at least 105/120; or alternatively an IELTS test with a commensurate score of 7/9.

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Table of Synopsis

Sections Structure Number of Questions Time Limit (minutes) Details
Reading Five passages (one after the other) 52 65 Passages from historic or scientific texts-can include data tables or graphs
Writing and Language Passage-based punctuation and grammar corrections 44 35 Sentence corrections include syntax, grammar, punctuation, context, style, meaning and coherence.
Mathematics Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Some Algebra 58 80 Multi- step questions, set of extended thinking grid questions.
Essay Passage Analysis 1 50 600-700 word passage provided and students asked to analyze writer’s methods and techniques of supporting an argument.