The SAT reasoning test is a globally recognized college admission test. The SAT is offered seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March, May and June.
Who accepts SAT?
Undergraduate programs in North America consider the test a mandatory admission requirement. Even some undergraduate colleges in Asia and Europe also accept SAT.
Structure of the test
|SAT Section||Type of questions||No of questions||Time||Score|
|Critical reading||Sentence Completion||19||Two 25 min sectionsOne 20 min section|
|Passage based reading||48|
|Writing||Identifying sentence errors||18||Two 25 min sectionsOne 10 min sectionEssay 25 min|
|Mathematics||Multiple choice||44||Two 25 min sectionsOne 20 min section|
|Grand Total||3hr 45min||2400|
Critical Reading Section
The section consists of two different types of questions: passage based reading and sentence completion. The reading compression presents passages from variety of backgrounds. The passages are of three types: long, short and paired. Sentence completions questions are more or like fill in the blank questions. They present a sentence with one or more blanks. The test taker will have to choose the right word for the blank from the given choices.
The section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. Identifying sentence error questions tests the ability to pick grammatical and stylistic errors at word level where as the improving sentence questions and improving paragraph questions test tests the ability to pick the same errors at sentence at sentence and paragraph level.
The section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. There are multiple choice questions and student produced responses or grid-ins. The grid in questions requires the student to key in the responses rather picking from the given choices.
Apart from the regular sections the test may also have an unidentifiable un-scored experimental section. The experimental section will look like the same as the other regular sections but does not count towards the test takers’ score. The experimental section can either be one of the language sections or a mathematics section. As it is not possible to identify the experimental section from the mix, test takers are advised to try their best on every section.