Scholastic Assessment Test
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) formerly called as Scholastic Aptitude Test is one of the various standardized tests for taking admission in various U.S. colleges. It is owned and developed independently by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. It is administered by the Educational Testing Services. It takes three hours and forty five minutes to finish this test and costs USD 51 (USD 91 International).
It comprises of 3 sections: Mathematics, Writing and Critical Reading. Every section has maximum 800 points, thus you can score a maximum of 2400 in SAT. Every section is further divided into 3 parts. There are ten sub sections, which also include an additional twenty five minute experimental or equating section whose score is not counted in total score.
The Critical Reading section consists of two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section containing different type of questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages. The Mathematics section similarly consists of two 25-minute and one 20-minute section of which one 25- minute section is entirely multiple choice , with 20 questions. The other 25-minute section consists of 8 multiple choice and 10 grid-in questions. The grid-in questions need to be answered inside a grid on the answer sheet. There is no penalty for wrong answers of grid-in questions but there is negative marking for wrong answer of multiple choice questions. The 20-minute section is entirely multiple choice comprising of 16 questions. Scientific, four-function and graphing calculators are permitted in SAT for mathematics section. The Writing section consists of multiple choice questions which involves error identification as well as sentence and paragraph improvement questions and one brief essay.
The golden rule to score maximum in SAT is to attempt various practice tests. This does not mean any practice test but the tests made available by the College Board itself. You can buy a copy of the official SAT study guide . This will make you familiar with the SAT test which will be an added advantage while facing the test. After finishing each of your practice tests you need to have a look over your right and wrong answers and analyze what you can do to minimize your mistakes. You should increase your vocabulary to increase your critical reading score. It will help you perform better on sentence completions and reading passages as enhanced vocabulary will let you take over this section of test with increased confidence.
You should limit your dumb mistakes as these are the most common follies made in a time bounded test. You can do so by first reading carefully what the question is demanding and then proceeding to solve it. If you find some topics boring while reading and you want to skip it, then it is not the right thing to do. You should concentrate and read it again and again attentively, to increase your attention span you need to practice more and more.
While solving a maths problem if you are stuck then it is advisable to start writing and visualizing the question as usually in such type of problems the simplification of question leads to some hidden things in the question. Even if you think that you can solve a particular maths problem in your mind, please do a favour and do some writing work to find the answer as this minimizes the chances of mistakes. For the essay part it is always better to take the opposite point of view in to consideration as it will make your essay stand out from hundreds of essays which is a good thing as it will grab examiners attention and you may end getting a better score than others.
The most important tip among above tips is to do a lot of practice from official test papers and minimize your silly mistakes. These tips will definitely help you score maximum in SAT if you follow them at head and heart.