SAT Test 2012

What to Expect in SAT Test 2012

SAT is an internationally acknowledged test conducted by College Board for enabling colleges to pick the right students and students to select right colleges. Usually, SAT is conducted seven times a year in the United States and six times a year in other nations. College Board plans and announces the SAT test dates as early as possible so that the SAT aspirants have adequate time for registration, preparation and practice. With the SAT test 2012 schedule for the first half of the year having been declared already by College Board, students can very well register in advance. It is also equally essential that they need to familiarize themselves on what to expect in SAT test 2012.

SAT 2012 - Test Dates, Registration Dates and Deadlines:

The schedule for SAT test 2012 as per the official website is as below:

  • For U.S. Applicants:

  • Test Dates

    U.S. Registration Deadlines (The deadlines expire at midnight, Eastern Time)


    (a fee applies for late registration)

    January 28, 2012

    December 30, 2011

    January 13, 2012

    March 10, 2012

    February 10, 2012

    February 24, 2012

    May 5, 2012

    April 6, 2012

    April 20, 2012

    June 2, 2012

    May 8, 2012

    May 22, 2012

  • For International Applicants:

  • Test Dates

    International Registration Deadlines (The deadlines expire at midnight, Eastern Time)

    Early (international only)


    January 28, 2012

    December 20, 2011

    December 30, 2011

    May 5, 2012

    March 27, 2012

    April 6, 2012

    June 2, 2012

    April 24, 2012

    May 8, 2012

Different Sections in SAT:

The official SAT website doesn’t showcase any difference between SAT test 2011 and SAT test 2012 with respect to the test patterns. For a better understanding on what to expect in SAT test 2012, one must know the latest test pattern. Stretching for 3 hours and 45 minutes, the SAT tests the candidates’ expertise in critical reading, writing and mathematics, each of which is described below:

Critical Reading:

This section of the SAT test has two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section and it consists of reading passages and sentence completion questions.

  • Reading passages:

    Given short passages, the candidates are expected to comprehend and analyze their implications before answering the questions. The passages are mostly on topics related to natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and literary fiction etc. Those questions with words quoted directly from the passage have the relevant line numbers for quick reference in the passage.

  • Sentence Completion:

    This is to test how well the candidates can frame sentences and paragraphs without grammatical errors. The number of sentence completion questions ranges between 5 and 8 and these are multiple choice questions.


The writing part has two 25 minute sections and one 10 minute section. Essay-writing, error identification and questions on improving sentences and paragraphs come under this section, with the last two being multiple-choice questions.

  • Error-identification:

    As the name states, it checks the candidates’ ability to identify the presence of errors in sentences and point out what must exactly be done to eliminate them.

  • Sentence improvement:

    Sentence improvement questions assess how well a candidate can correct faults in sentence structure.

  • Paragraph Improvement:

    The candidates are to understand the context of a paragraph and arrange the sentences in a coherent manner.

  • Essay-writing:

    Within 25 minutes of time, the students must think over the given topic, frame ideas and opinions and come up with a well structured essay. This is all about this section, in brief.


Math section tests the SAT candidates on the following areas:

  • Arithmetic operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Probability & Statistics

With two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section, this section of the SAT test has multiple choice and grid-in types of questions. One of the 25 minute sections has 20 multiple choice questions and the other one has 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. No choices are listed for the grid-in questions. The 20 minute section has 16 multiple choice questions. Incorrect responses garner no minus points for the grid-in section.

Normally, the test book contains all the formulae at the beginning of each math section. Hence, students are freed from memorizing complex formulae for SAT test 2012, too. A workbook is given for scribbling calculations, which the students can utilize for cross verification of their answers. Having thus gathered the basic information on SAT test 2012, the candidates are all set to crack this competitive exam.

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