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What is SAT?
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is an aptitude test designed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and administered by The College Board. In 1993, the test was renamed to SAT I : Reasoning Test. This test measures intellectual ability of any student in the medium of Mathematics and Verbal reasoning skills. In 2004, the numerals "I" was dropped and the test is now named the SAT Reasoning Test (or just SAT). SAT is a simple and recognizable way of referring to the SAT Reasoning Test. .

Who is required to take SAT Reasoning Test?
All students competing for a limited number of top-notch colleges admission are required to take this test because it would be wrong to base acceptance to college solely on grades; they can be misleading.
SAT scores are compared with the scores of other applicants, and the accepted scores at an institution, and can be used as a basis for admissions as well as awarding merit-based financial aid.

What is the SAT Reasoning Test test like?
The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized, multiple-choice test. The new version of the SAT test (introduced in March 2005) is three hours and forty-five minutes in length. You will see the following sections on test day (but not necessarily in the order they are listed in here):
Section Number of Questions Time Limit
Essay 1 25 minutes
Writing - Multiple Choice Improving Sentences - 25
Identifying sentence errors - 18
Improving paragraphs - 6
1 section of 25 min
1 section of 10 min
Critical Reading Passage-based reading - 48
Sentence completion - 19
2 sections of 25 min each
1 section of 20 min
Math Standard multiple choice - 44
Student-produced response - 10
2 sections of 25 min each
1 section of 20 min

NOTE: In addition, there is one 25-minute unscored section, known as the variable or equating section. This unscored section may be either a critical reading, math, or writing multiple-choice section. This unscored section does not count toward the final score, but is used to try out new questions for future editions of the SAT and to ensure that scores on new editions of the SAT are comparable to scores on earlier editions of the test.

What will be the order of SAT Reasoning Test?
The 25-minute essay will always be the first section of the SAT, and the 10-minute multiple-choice writing section will always be the final section. The remaining six 25-minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20-minute sections. Test takers sitting next to each other in the same testing session may have test books with entirely different sections.

What will I be asked to write about in the essay?
The essay question will ask you to develop a point of view on an issue and support it with examples from your studies and experience. You can answer the question successfully in many different ways. You won't have to have any prior knowledge about the topic to write an effective essay. However, you will have to answer the essay assignment directly. See Strategies for Success on the SAT Essay for more information on how to do your best on the SAT essay.

Is it true that you get a 200 on the SAT just for signing your name?
Theoretically speaking, if you just sign your name and don't complete the answer sheet, you would get a score of 200. That's because scores lower than 200 are not reported. In reality, if an answer sheet is received with no answers, it would be considered an automatic request to cancel scores and no scores would be reported.

Are all SAT questions multiple-choice?
All of the SAT is multiple-choice except for the 25-minute written essay and 10 student-produced response math questions, which ask you to fill in or "grid-in" your own answers using a special section of the answer sheet.

How many times can you take the test?
You can take the test as many times as you want. Your score report shows your current test score, in addition to scores for up to six SAT and six Subject Test administrations.

What is SAT Subject Tests then?
SAT Subject Tests
It was previously known as SAT II. In 2004, the numeral "II" was dropped and the test is now named the SAT Subject Tests. The SAT subject tests are one hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Many universities may require you to take this along with SAT (technically known as the Reasoning Test). Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas. Click on any test area below for more information. of Mathematics and Verbal reasoning skills

Which test should I take, SAT Reasoning Test or Subjects Test?
To find out which test(s) you should take, contact the colleges you are interested in attending or use our College Search to determine admissions requirements and deadlines. Most colleges require the SAT Reasoning Test for admission and many other schools require both the SAT Reasoning Test and Subjects Test for admission purposes or placement. Additionally, some colleges require specific Subject Test tests while others allow you to choose which tests you take. It's best to check directly with the school.

When is SAT and SAT subject test held in Pakistan or internationally?
2006 - 2007 Test Dates for Pakistan and International.
Test Date Tests Registration Deadline
Pakistan & International only
May, 6, 2006 SAT & Subject Test Mar. 15 to Apr. 3, 2006
June, 3, 2006 SAT & Subject Test Apr. 12 to Apr. 28, 2006
Oct, 14, 2006 SAT & Subject Test Sep. 12, 2006 (Early)
Nov, 4, 2006 SAT & Subject Test Sep. 13 to Sep. 29, 2006
Dec, 2, 2006 SAT & Subject Test Oct. 11 to Nov. 1, 2006
Jan, 27, 2007 SAT & Subject Test Dec. 6 to Dec. 20, 2006
May, 5, 2007 SAT & Subject Test Mar. 14 to Mar. 29, 2007
June, 2, 2007 SAT & Subject Test Apr. 11 to Apr. 27, 2007


What is the test fee for SAT Reasoning test and SAT subject Test?
The registration fee for the SAT is $41.50. Because the fees for SAT Subject Tests differ, a $18 basic fee is added to the total for all subjects taken.

SAT Reasoning Test (additional to basic SAT fee)
International processing charges $ 21.00
Security surcharge to test in Pakistan $ 21.00
Standby testing fee $ 36.00
Change test, test date or test center fee $ 20.00
Late registration fee (if registered late add this amount) $ 21.00

SAT subject test fee (additional to basic test fee)

Registration charges

$ 18.00
International processing charges $ 21.00
Security surcharge to test in Pakistan $ 21.00
Language tests and listening $ 19.00
All other subject tests (per subject) $ 8.00 each
Late registration fee (if registered late add this amount) $ 21.00

How do I register for the SAT?
For the most up to date information on the actual SAT test, including registration information, visit the Collegeboard website.

Should I guess on the SAT?
In short: yes, if you guess strategically. On multiple choice questions with five answers, you lose points for guessing incorrectly. But if you can cross off some of the five choices that you know are wrong, then the gamble becomes worth it.
This is all part of the SAT as a reasoning test--you are rewarded for knowing the right answer, and also for knowing that some of the answers are wrong. Sometimes in a verbal question you can nail the right answer just by eliminating the four wrong answers.

How is the SAT Reasoning Test scored?
Your raw score is the simple number of questions you got correct minus a fractional penalty for wrong answers. Here's how your raw score is calculated on the SAT:
  • You get 1 point added to your score for each correct answer on the SAT.
  • Each WRONG answer for a
    • Multiple-choice question: subtract (-) 1/4 of a point
    • Student-produced response: no points subtracted
**Each OMITTED question neither receives nor loses any points

The totals are added up for all the math and verbal questions to produce a raw score. The raw score is then converted into what is called a scaled score. The scaled score is the score you probably associate with the SAT-- that number between 200-800.

How is SAT Subject Tests scored?
Each CORRECT answer received (+) 1 point
Each WRONG answer for a
  • 5-choice question: subtract (-) 1/4 of a point
  • 4-choice question :subtract (-) 1/3 of a point
  • 3-choice question: subtract (-) 1/2 of a point
Each OMITTED question neither receives nor loses any points

When should I arrive and what should I bring to the test center?
You should arrive at the test center before 20 to 30 minutes on the day of the test.
You should bring their Admission Ticket, two #2 pencils and a good eraser, acceptable identification, an acceptable calculator. For SAT subject Test, if you are taking Language with Listening Subject Test, you must also bring an acceptable CD player with earphones. Students may also bring a watch (without audible alarm) and a bag or backpack (to be kept under their seat). Students are not allowed to bring anything else in the room.

Students testing in Pakistan (also other countries such as India, Nigeria, and Ghana) must present a current and valid passport containing a signature and a current, recognizable photo. No other form of ID will be accepted.

How can I best prepare myself for the test?
There are many ways to prepare for the SATs. At the very least, you should familiarize yourself with the SAT question format or SAT subject test question format and practice some questions beforehand, Once you are comfortable with the format, you will be free to concentrate on the content of the questions themselves. The amount of practice you need will depend on your ability, the time you have available before you take the test, and how familiar you feel with the test format. Beside, you may also consider buying one of the many SAT preparation books. These include sample tests, often of the same or similar length as the actual SAT, and will help ,you to become more familiar with the test.
You can prepare for the SATs by yourself or with friends. Studying vocabulary lists is very helpful; a review of basic math can also help. Reviewing old grammar tests from your high school classes or studying a grammar text might be useful for the verbal section. Taking the sample tests should give you an idea of the areas in which you need to work hardest.
In addition, you can take tuition from an experienced SAT Teacher. These courses add about 30 or 100 points to your scores.

We have also provided some very useful SAT Preparation Tips for free.

How my set score is reported?
Collegeboard has the provision of reporting your SAT scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the SAT fee you pay. You have to mention the universities to which you want to send the scores in the SAT application form. This implies that even before taking the SAT, you need to do some homework on which universities you’re finally going to apply, based on the score that you expect to attain. For reporting to each additional university, the Collegeboard charges you $9, payable by an international credit card or a dollar denominated draft.

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