About SAT Test


The SAT TEST is conducted to streamline the process of admission to the various colleges in the US. SAT TEST is like a common entrance test for all the students who wish to study in the reputed colleges of US. Instead of undergoing separate entrance procedures for different colleges SAT TEST, being a common and standardized test, makes the task easier and convenient for both the students and the college authorities. SAT TEST is widely accepted by colleges across the US, therefore there is no need for students to approach the various colleges separately for appearing in their admission test. Instead SAT TEST provides a platform for them to prepare for just one test and be able to apply to as many colleges as they choose to. It is the College Board (which is an association of all the colleges and schools), which administers the SAT TEST with the help of ETS. ETS is a private organization run by qualified professionals, which conducts various standardized tests across US including the SAT TEST.


Let us discuss a few things about SAT test. For anyone to be able to score well in SAT it is essential to know a few basic things about SAT test. You should have clear understanding about SAT test structure, about SAT test scoring, about SAT test sections, about SAT test syllabus etc. The SAT TEST has 2 classifications: SAT-I, which is a reasoning test, and SAT-II, which is a subject based test. When we refer to SAT, we generally refer to the SAT TEST of reasoning. Students may appear for the SAT reasoning test or for the SAT subject based tests on a particular date.

SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT TEST of reasoning is basically a test, which can effectively judge the student's ability to think, reason and apply his knowledge. These skills are considered to be very essential for further studies and thus form the basis of a good performance in the academic sphere.

The SAT reasoning test is of 3 hours and 45 minutes and is classified into three main sections. These are Critical Reading Section, Writing Section and Mathematics Section. All the three sections are further divided into 3 parts, making a total of nine. Apart from these there is a tenth section, which is called the Experimental Section. The experimental section does not count in the final score of the SAT TEST and can be any one of the previous sections. The purpose behind the experimental section is to try new questions for future and make SAT a fair test. Now let us have a look at all the three sections separately.

Critical Reading Section

This section is also called the verbal section and is a 70 minutes long section of the SAT TEST. It comprises of questions based on sentence completion and passage-based reading. So it is a measure of a student's understanding and his aptitude to apply the knowledge. The student is required to read and understand the passage or the sentence and his understanding can be judged with the questions that follow. He will be able to attempt the questions well only if there is proper understanding of the same. The test is divided in three parts out of which two parts are of 25 minutes each and one is of 20 minutes. The total number of questions in this section is about 67 with approximately 19 sentence completion questions and 48 passage-based questions.

  • The sentence completion questions are multiple-choice type questions where a given sentence has some blanks to be filled. There are choices given for answers and the student is required to pick up the most suitable choice of words given, to form a meaningful and grammatically correct sentence. This tests the vocabulary of the student and also his ability of sentence formation. So the student is required to weigh all the choices in respect of the sentence and should be able to identify the right answer
  • In the questions on passage-based reading, there are a number of long as well as short passages given. The passage is followed by questions based on it. These questions are also multiple-choice type questions. The passages could be on any topic and the student is required to read it carefully before answering the questions. These questions could test your vocabulary in addition to testing your understanding of the passage based on the information given in the passage. They could also test a student's ability to draw conclusions on the topic and understand the idea behind writing it. So, one has to be very careful before attempting such passage based questions. The student should be able to find out the crux of the passage and know the idea behind it.

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