What is the SAT?

About the SAT
The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Administered by the College Board, the SAT measures literacy, numeracy, and writing skills necessary for academic success in college. International students often take the SAT to enhance their college applications to U.S. universities.

What is on the SAT?
The SAT assesses:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing and language skills
  • Mathematics
    (Note: The optional Essay section was discontinued in 2021)

SAT Sections and Scoring

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing:200-800
  • Math: 200-800
  • Total Score: 400-1600
The overall test time is about 3 hours. The sections are:
SectionNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Reading (1 section)52 questions65 minutes
Writing and Language (1 section)44 questions35 minutes
Math (2 sections)58 questions80 minutes

SAT Test Detail in Nepal

Test Name: SAT TEST
Fee: $100.00

SAT Preparation Class

Course Name: SAT Preparation Class
Fee: NPR 15000  NPR 13000

Section Overview

Reading, Writing, and Math Skills
The SAT includes questions on:

  • Reading comprehension and critical reading
  • Standard English conventions and rhetorical skills
  • Algebra, problem-solving, data analysis, and advanced math

Types of Questions

Multiple-choice questions based on passages from literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Writing and Language:
Multiple-choice questions that require identifying and correcting grammatical errors and improving the coherence of passages.

Multiple-choice and grid-in questions on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry.

Test Design Features
The SAT allows:

  • Use of a calculator on all  math sections
  • No penalty for guessing (rights-only scoring)

Preparing for the SAT
To prepare:

  • Review sample questions and practice tests available on the (Bluebook App) College Board website.
  • Understand the test format and time constraints.
  • Focus on areas that need improvement.

Good SAT Score
A competitive SAT score varies by college. Generally, a score of 1200-1400 is considered good, while scores above 1400 are excellent.

In 2023, the cost to take the SAT is $60 for the United States. Fee waivers are available for eligible students, covering two SAT tests and four college application fees. International students should check the College Board website for specific details about international testing fees and available waivers.

Preparing for the SAT involves understanding the test structure, practicing with sample questions, and improving specific academic skills. Aim for scores that align with the admission requirements of your target colleges and universities. International students should utilize resources from the College Board and consider additional preparation for the language and math sections.

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