Questions are an integral part of any assessment test. You appear for a test to prove your worth and competence in respect to other candidates. Questions in a test can bring a quantitative comparison by recording the performance of candidates.
SAT questions are very important in this respect. Since SAT test is widely accepted in the US, there are a lot of students who appear for it. Thus SAT questions should be such that they are able to judge all the students for their caliber through a common pattern. Thus SAT questions are common to everyone who takes the test. This makes the test fair and removes any chances of some students getting easier questions over others who might get tough questions. On the basis of the performance of students in these SAT questions, a merit list can be prepared awarding everyone a score. Therefore it is a quantitative measure of the abilities of a student.
There are other ways also to measure the performance of the students like grading system, teachers response and task oriented practical. In the grading system you are given grades like an A or so for your performance. But this system has a shortcoming, that it groups the students in different grades. Thus there is no way to find out which student is better than another who has got the same grade. It can only help in generalizing the class of students on the whole. For example, in a class, if there is a majority of students with the grade A you can say that the class is intelligent. But there is no way to find out who is the topper in the class. To find that out it becomes important to put the students to a test of questions where they will be marked.
When it comes to measuring the performance of the students, the teachers can also help, as they know who the best students in the class are. But sometimes even teachers are not able to find out who is first amongst the best. Besides, such a measure is possible in a small class of countable students. But when it comes to judging thousands of students together, this system also fails. Similarly students are tested in play way or task oriented tests as well. But this requires constant observation and thus becomes impossible on a large scale.
Therefore the best solution is to set standard SAT questions. It is not enough to know if a student is good in studies using a qualitative measure. SAT questions help in determining not only the best students but also bring a competition amongst the best. Since every question is marked and awarded scores, it helps to analyze the performance on the whole.
Questions can be broadly classified into objective type and subjective type questions. Both these types have their own merits as well as demerits. Objective type questions are the ones where the students are asked to-the-point questions. The answers need to be brief, like one word answers, true or false, picking out the right choice etc. Thus the answer is either correct or wrong. It helps to know your precise knowledge of the topic. There is no space for argument and thus no differences in views regarding the answer. But the shortcoming here is that it results in a lot of guesswork by students. One may not know the answer but can try out the answer by guessing from the given options. The other type of questions is the subjective type. Here the question requires to be answered in detail and tests the wider as well as deeper knowledge about the subject. But such questions are affected by different views. Different examiners could correct it differently. There could be some thing written by a student, which appeals to one examiner, but the same thing may be considered rubbish by another examiner. So there is a lot of subjectivity involved.
SAT questions are set in order to remove the shortcomings of written tests. The questions are basically multiple-type questions. But some SAT questions also require you to give descriptive answers. Thus they are not only objective in nature and help to critically evaluate small issues, but also include subjective questions like essays to cover the gap. SAT questions help to make a test complete and effective. Efforts are made to make the test reasonable and unbiased. Sat questions judge your understanding and trigger your thinking.
The SAT test is classified into 3 parts-Critical reading, Writing and Mathematics.
This section has multiple-choice SAT questions, which are based on sentence completion, and passage based reading. Such SAT questions determine your understanding.
- SAT questions on sentence completion are filling in the blanks type of questions. A sentence is given to you with some blank spaces. A blank in the sentence is indicated to tell you that there is something missing in the sentence. Below the sentence, there are some choices given. In the choices you have one correct option that suits the blanks in the sentence, and other options with some errors. You are required to choose the most suitable option from the given ones.
- Passage based reading also has multiple-choice type questions. You are given long as well as short passages and it is followed by SAT questions based on the passages. The questions need to be answered on the basis of what is stated in the passage.
Such type of SAT questions make you think about the possibilities and reason out the answer. Thus they test your ability to logically come to a conclusion.
To attempt these SAT questions you need to be alert and should have good reading skills. There could be some options, which might confuse you, but you should look for the answer in context of the passage
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