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The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States.

The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service which still administers the exam. The College Board claims the test can assess a student's readiness for college

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SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are 10 sub-sections, including an additional 25-minute experimental or "equating" section that may be in any of the three major sections. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT and does not count toward the final score. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections, although most administrations, including orientation, distribution of materials, completion of biographical sections, and eleven minutes of timed breaks, run about four and a half hours long. The questions range from easy, medium, and hard depending on the scoring from the experimental sections. Easier questions typically appear closer to the beginning of the section while harder questions are towards the end in certain sections. This is not true for every section but it is the rule of thumb mainly for math and sentence completions and vocabulary.

Test Details

The New SAT has eight types of questions in sections on Critical Reading, Writing and Math.

The Math is basically high school math in Nepal and thus most students here (Nepali students being good at Math) can easily score over 600-700.

The Critical Reading Section formerly called the ‘verbal’ section is a test of ‘verbal reasoning’. It consists of addition of paragraph reading and paired-paragraph reading items. This section of the New SAT isn’t all that intimidating after you acquires a decent vocabulary and master the whole bag of tricks that are taught at APS.

The Writing Section is a new section consisting of multiple-choice questions and a student-produced essay.

Multiple-choice questions assess understanding of how to use language in a clear, consistent manner and how to improve a piece is writing through revision and editing. The student-produced essay assesses a student’s ability to develop and express ideas effectively. By including this measure of skill, the New SAT will help colleges make better admission and placement decisions.

Test Structure

  • Section ofthe SAT
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Types of Question
  • 1. Sentence completion
    2. Passage-based reading
    Total critical reading questions
  • 1. Identifying Sentence Errors
    2. Improving sentences
    3. Improving Paragraphs
    4. Essay Writing
    Total Writing Question
  • 1. Multiple Choice
    2. Student-produced response (gird-ins)
    Total Math Questions
  • No. of Question
  • 19
  • 18
    1 essay 25 minute
    49 + Essay
  • 44
  • Time Allocated
  • 70 minutes(two 25 minute test sections and one 20 minute)
  • 60 minutes (two 25 minute test sections and one 20 minutes section)
  • 70 minutes (two 25 minutes test sections and one 20 minute test section)

The SAT also includes a 'variable section' in Critical Reading, Writing or Math for which 25 minutes is allocated. The variable section will not count toward your final score. Still because you won’t know which section is the variable one, you need to do your best on the entire test.

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