A complete SAT reference: Pattern, Eligibility, New SAT vs. Old SAT, Tips, Preparation and much more… A complete SAT bible


A complete SAT reference: Pattern, Eligibility, New SAT vs. Old SAT, Tips, Preparation and much more… A complete SAT bible



SAT exam is standardized entrance test mainly taken by those candidates who want to study in the USA. The exam score is obligatory for those students who want to take admission in undergraduate courses in USA. The exam has a standard format and is divided into four sections. The exam has a set pattern of questions, curriculum, conditions of admission, and scoring etc. The exam is generally held for the purpose of granting admission in the undergraduate courses across the US. The exam is really important and almost all the colleges acknowledge the SAT as an entrance exam. The score of the SAT exam will determine your admission in your desired college. This makes the exam very famous among aspirants who want to take admission in undergraduate programs in US.


SAT reasoning test:


Writing: This section has essay type question and MCQ type questions. The essay section has been allocated 25 minutes of time.


Critical Reading: The critical reading section is divided into three sub-sections. The questions asked in this section are based on either short passage reading or long passage reading. The questions are multiple choice based questions. These questions generally evaluate a student’s writing skills.


Mathematics: Mathematics section also consists of three sections. The total time allotted to this section is 70 minutes.


Eligibility for SAT exam

Those who want to appear in this exam must have passed their Class XII from a recognized Indian university or education board. The students are required to take up further tests, personality test, essay writing and much more depending on the university or college you want to apply. The scores that are finally considered depend upon the fact that in which college you want to apply. The score ranges accepted by colleges consider the mathematics and verbal scores. Students can reappear for the exam, but this action is not fruitful if higher scores are not expected.


New SAT vs. Old SAT

A lot of the focus on the SAT the last couple of years has been centered around concerns about the so-called "new" SAT. Many students and parents are confused about the nature of the changes made to the SAT by the College Board and how colleges will react to different score curves on the SAT. We’re here to tell you that despite the label "new," not much about the SAT has changed, with a few major exceptions. We will list the four important changes below, but just know this: colleges still expect you to score well on the SAT, new or old, in comparison to other test-takers. That is, you should not spend your time worrying about how colleges will view your performance - you should work on improving your performance on the test regardless of your old score.

Here are the four big changes on the "New SAT:"

1. The Writing Section

It's no secret that the biggest change on the new SAT is the addition of an entirely new, scored section on the test that covers grammar and English sentence construction. This section is aptly titled the "Writing" section; you will receive a separate score for your performance in "Writing." It is scored on an 800-point scale and includes an objective component as well as a short writing assessment known as the "Essay Section." College Board included the new section in response to the requests of many admissions officers to make some sort of English assessment mandatory. In the past, SAT Writing was a separate subject test structured very similarly to the current Writing Section. Now that the subject test has been integrated into SAT Reasoning, colleges will look to the Writing section to determine a student's skill with the English language.


2. Length

Thanks to the Writing Section and extended Reading and Math sections of the SAT, the test is longer as a whole - in fact, the total length of testing is just under four hours. As such, the SAT has become something of a marathon, and many students complain about "brain strain" after such a long test. The only way you can prepare for the length of the test is by practicing under the timing conditions that you will experience on test days: that means practice testing. Most studies show that practice testing is the single most important factor in SAT preparation; you certainly do not want to be among the people who are not prepared! So, the best advice we can give you about handling the long time of testing is to practice for it.


3. Harder Math Section

The College Board decided that the math section on the SAT I of old was a bit too easy as many students were scoring perfect raw scores, leading to test grade inflation. In addition, college admissions officers complained that the test did not actually assess math skills but how a student's nerved fared under pressure. In turn, the College Board decided to make the SAT Mathematics section slightly harder, including topics from Algebra II and a bit more geometry. However, the changes were very minor, and actually unlikely to severely affect the majority of students taking the test. Still, you should be familiar with topics up to Algebra II including factoring, simplification, and solving for roots of quadratics.


4. No More Analogies!

One of the big changes you should be pleased with is the decision to remove analogies from the SAT Critical Reading section. Analogies were questions that tested you both on your knowledge of vocabulary and your ability to logically compare the meanings of words. Critics of analogy questions complained that they would not be employed in "real life" and that they were biased towards certain socio-economic groups. In response, the College Board replaced the analogies with sentence completion questions. Sentence Completion questions test a student's knowledge of vocabulary in context, which is considered more appropriate and indicative of a student's knowledge





Tips and Strategies for SAT 2011

The mere thought of cracking the SAT test can be never wrecking for most of the students. However, the test itself is no rocket science. Mentioned below are a few simple guidelines that can help you attain a good SAT score.

·         It is essential to start studying well in time for the SAT test. You should consider studying at least 4 months before the SAT exam

·         SAT has various questions to test diction and reading comprehension skills in the verbal section. Reading newspapers, novels, watching English movies will prove to be quite beneficial. Make sure to check the dictionary for unfamiliar words

·         You should try to incorporate the new learned words in your every day usage

·         It is advisable to make a note of every word that you learn along with its meaning in a small diary. Make sentences with those words so as to comprehend their usage better. Keep this diary handy and scan through the pages whenever you get time

·         It’s a good idea to learn groups of words in multiples. Learn prefixes, suffixes and root meanings. Take for example the prefix “ex”. It means out or away. Now think of similar words such as exterior, exit, extrinsic or extrapolate. You can easily guess that extrinsic means external to as it is another ex word

·         It is important to hone your writing skills for the writing section in the SAT test. The easiest and most reliable way is to maintain a journal

·         It is important to work on logic puzzles. SAT is known to test logical reasoning skills of a candidate. You can easily purchase logic puzzle books from bookstores and practice on an everyday basis

·         During the course of your SAT preparation if you use calculator frequently, feel free to take the calculator to the exam. However, students who are not well versed with the use of calculator will gain little from its use during the exam

 -Nimit Shah

-Nimit Shah   

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