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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
13 Aug 2015 2.5K 2 mins Share

The SAT - All you ever wanted to know!

Unveil to the student-world your true potential through your SATs…a test that can speak volumes of you not just to colleges but also to employers!

13 Aug 2015 2.5K 2 mins Share

The SAT exam was created by the College Board and is globally recognised as a college admission test that is used by most universities and colleges. The exam tests students in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Taking this standardised test is generally a mandatory requirement for acquiring a bachelor’s degree in the USA. Although not obligatory, other countries such as the UK, Singapore, Finland, and Australia also have universities that have SAT scores as a requirement. Stats say that over two million students take this year after year.

The SAT Format

Let’s have a look at the basic format of this standardised test:


The SAT has three different types of questions:

  • The multiple-choice type
  • The type that requires direct student response
  • The essay type


It has ten sections which are all timed individually. They are as listed below:

  • Three Critical Reading Sections which are timed to 70 minutes in total.  
  • Three Writing Sections that come up to 60 minutes in total.
  • Lastly, a variable section that could test in areas of critical reading, mathematics, or writing.

Now, let’s have a closer look at what these questions are all about:

  • The Essay: The Essay will test your ability to develop a point of view on any issue and the way you express it.
  • Writing: These require you to recognize mistakes within the sentence; to choose the best version of a particular piece of writing, and to improve paragraphs. 
  • Critical Reading: The questions in this section assess your reading skills such as determining definition of words in context, check if you’re able to identify supporting and main ideas, understand the purpose of the author, and also understand the function and structure of sentences.
  • Mathematics: This section requires you to use your data literacy skills for interpretation of charts, tables, and graphs and apply mathematical concepts. Questions cover areas of numbers and operations; geometry and measurement; algebra and its functions; statistics, probability, and data analysis.
  • The Variable Section: The last section may cover mathematics, critical reading, or writing. This section, however, will not count toward the final score.

Score! Score! Score!

The highest SAT score that can be possibly attained is 800 in each of its three sections mentioned above. Each section score is viewed separately by the College Board and does not consider a total score of all three.

Why the SAT?

If you’re asking yourself, “Why should I even consider taking the SAT?” Here are a few reasons that ought to convince you.

The Big Bucks! 

A very impressive SAT score is often followed by a rewarding amount of money mostly in the form of scholarships. You will really appreciate not having to spend years paying off study loans post graduation!

Make Up For What You Lost!

Having a low GPA may not always mean that you don’t have what it takes to ace college studies. You can really prove yourself with a high SAT score and make up for it. 

It Will Follow You Everywhere!

If you think your Impressive SAT score will only prove useful for college admissions, think again! A high SAT score is something that will follow you even into your resume. You can catch the employer’s attention the right way and get that edge over others looking to land that perfect job!

So, now is the perfect time to start practising as you prep yourself for uni admissions. Get your hands on some good SAT guide books and walk into a bright future. 

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