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SAT Introduction

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SAT Introduction

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What is SAT?

  • SAT is a paper-based standardized test which is used widely for undergraduate admission purpose or program consideration for Colleges or Universities in the United States.

  • It is a test used to check or access the readiness or how prepared a student is to attend college.


When year did SAT start?

  • It had its first appearance in the year 1926


Who initiated or developed SAT?

  • The test was brought about by the College Board.


Who is the Administrator of SAT?

  • Educational Testing Service


Who is the College Board?

  • It is a non-profit and private organization in the United States that administers the SAT on behalf of the Educational Testing Service.


Who is the College Board President?

  • David Coleman


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Chronological Appearance of SAT


  • From its first appearance SAT has had numerous names accorded to it until of recent and they include;

    • Scholastic Aptitude Test
    • Scholastic Assessment Test
    • SAT 1: Reasoning Test
    • SAT Reasoning Test

  • And now it is simply called SAT

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    Where can SAT be taken?

    • The Test can be taken in the United States or outside US (anywhere in the world that the College Board has a centre).


    How can an Aspirant or Test Taker prepare for SAT?


    What are the skills required to take SAT?

    An Aspirant or Exam Taker ought to have the basic knowledge of;

    • Writing
    • Critical reading
    • Mathematics


    What is the duration for taking SAT?

    • The test approximately covers Three hours, Fifty minutes (3h: 50m) without the essay part or Four hours, Forty minutes (4h: 40m) with the essay part inclusive.


    What Language is the SAT based on?

    • Answers and questions should exclusively be in English Language for all countries or the regions worldwide where the test is taken.


    What is the Eligibility or Prerequisite for taking SAT?

    • There are no official criteria for an aspirant to take SAT but you have to be a high school graduate or leaver and have the knowledge or fluency in English Language.

    • A Test taker can also checkout SAT Eligibility on our website for qualifications you have to put into considerations before taking the test.


    How much does SAT Registration cost?

    • With a considerable amount between US $52.50 – US $101.50 depending on your country; a test taker can successful register for the test.

    • Feel free to check on SAT Registration from our website; for guidelines on how to register for SAT exam.


    What is the Official Website for SAT and where can an Aspirant register?

    • Kindly open the web browser and type in https://www.collegeboard.org/ on the address bar to access the Official Personal Home Page of SAT.


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    Roles Played by SAT

    • It checks on the literacy, numeracy and writing skills of aspirants or test takers to ensure that they can attain academic success if admitted into college.

    • It observes a tight time limit to check the accuracy and ability of an aspirant to analyze and solve problems within the time frame.

    • It enables Admission officers to make decision with regards to the admission process using the scores obtained during the test.


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    SAT Structure


    How is the SAT Test structured?

    The test questions are categorized into four or five sections depending on which the College Board wish to adapt at a particular time. They structures include;

    • Reading
    • Writing and Language
    • Math (no calculator allowed)
    • Math (calculator allowed)
    • Essay (optional)


    How is the SAT marked?

    The Test is awarded scores based on a broad section of two, which are;

    • Evidence-based Reading and Writing
    • Math


    Aspirants or test takers can check on How to Interpret Test Scores based on the marking sections from our website.


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    Other facts about SAT

    How many times is SAT taken?

  • In the United States, SAT is offered seven times which includes the month of;

    • August
    • October
    • November
    • December
    • March
    • May
    • June

  • Outside the US or for International students or aspirants, it is taken four times in a year which includes the month of;

    • October
    • December
    • March
    • May

  • When or where can an aspirant check SAT results?

    • Approximately it takes three weeks after the test administration for the online score reports to appear on their website
    • And six weeks for individual paper scores to be mailed to the test takers.


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    Summary or Conclusion of SAT

    • If an Aspirant or Test writer is applying for college is better to have an in-depth knowledge about SAT and how it can affect the admission or application process.

    • Despite the challenges SAT underwent, it has come to stay and serve as a criteria for determining 50% of admission decisions for colleges in US and other countries.

    • Everything an Aspirant ought to know about SAT in brief has been covered. For a quick glance, you can check the table below;

      SAT A standardized test taken for College admission in Undergraduate programs
      Debut year 1926
      Conducting Body College Board, Educational Testing Service
      Expansion or Name Appearance Scholastic Aptitude Test, Scholastic Assessment Test, SAT 1: Reasoning Test, SAT Reasoning Test and SAT
      Country Accepted and Taken Worldwide (Over 175 Countries)
      Skills tested Writing, Critical reading and Mathematics
      Testing Time or Duration 3h: 50m (without essay), 4h: 40m (with essay)
      Language Taken in English
      Registration Fee US $52.50 – US $101.50
      Official Website www.collegeboard.org
      Exam Sections or Structure Reading, Writing and Language, Math (calculator and no calculator) and Essay (optional)
      Number of Times Offered in a Year 7 times in US and 4 times outside US
      Annual Student takers Over 1 million

    • An Aspirant or Test Taker can also check the Comprehensive Introduction to SAT for more details on the SAT Intro.