Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – FAQs
Q. So if I take the SAT exams, I don’t take the ACT?
A. Yes. Applicants ideally do either the SAT or the ACT. Several applicants in the past few years have taken one of the tests and then decided the other may suit them better.
Q. What are SAT Subject Tests? Do I need them? If so, how many?
A. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Subject Tests are exams which test applicants’ knowledge and readiness for college. The applicant should ideally choose a subject which can showcase his/her proficiency in the field and exhibit his/her interests. These are scored like any SAT section on 800. Each test is one hour long and the subjects offered are Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, US History, World History, English Literature, Spanish and French.
Most top colleges ‘recommend’ the SAT exam Subject Tests. This usually means they would highly appreciate you taking the test. Others may or may not ask for them. This changes from college to college. Two is the average recommended number of SAT Subject tests with one usually being Mathematics for someone pursuing any Science/Engineering degree.
Q. How do I register for SAT?
A. The SAT Test and SAT Subject Tests are all under CollegeBoard. So to register for these tests, applicants must create a free CollegeBoard account on www.collegeboard.org and register for the tests.
Q.When is the best time to take the SAT Test?
A. The October or December of the 11th grade is the ideal time to give the SAT Test the first time. You are under less stress than when in the 12th grade. This time slot also gives you time to re-give the test if required and also saves enough time for SAT Subject Tests.
Q. When is the best time to take the SAT Subject Tests?
A. We would recommend May or June of your 12th grade. You have covered a lot of SAT syllabus in school by this time. Hence, you will have to spend the least time studying for these tests in your final year of high school.
Q. How much do the SAT Subject Tests match my school curriculum?
A. If you are in the ISC, CBSE or any similar board, syllabus for SAT exams will include:
- The Math is of 11th grade level but without Calculus.
- The Physics is 12th grade level and about 60% is covered by school syllabus.
- The Chemistry is 12th grade level with very basic Organic Chemistry only. About 75% is covered by school syllabus.
- The Biology is 10th grade level. About 65% is covered by school syllabus.
Q. When are these SAT Tests offered in India?
A. In India, dates for SAT exams are set on the Saturday of May, March, October and December every year.
Q. Can I take multiple tests on the same date?
A. You can take up to THREE SAT Subject Tests on the same day. On a day where you are taking a SAT Test, no other test can be taken. So, you cannot take a SAT Test and a SAT Subject Test on the same day.
Q. What is the cost/registration fee for SAT Tests?
A. SAT exam fees are divided into various parts. The essay Test is $64.50 and the SAT Subject Tests are $46 each. The testing surcharge for India is $49. Hence total cost is $113.5 for SAT Reasoning Test and$95 for each SAT Subject Test.
Q. How many times can I take SAT Test?
A. On average, applicants take the SAT twice, once around the end of their 11th grade and once again if necessary in the middle of the 12th grade. But you can take it as many times.
Q. If I take SAT Test more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
A. You can send as many scores to the University you want. The University will only consider the best ones.
Other Universities ask for all your tests and “super-score” it themselves where they add up the best sections of each Math, Critical Reading and Writing to give your total.
Q. What is the validity of the SAT exams?
A. Most Universities accept SAT Test and Subject Tests scores for up to 5 years.
Q. Does admission to US universities depend only on SAT scores?
A.For undergraduate study in USA, the SAT is but a small aspect of a multitude of angles that admissions officers explore when admitting someone. Your school academics, extra-curriculars, social-service, projects, essays, applications all play roles in your admissions. Yet it has been seen that top universities generally have high median SAT scores among their acceptances
Q. How do I pass on my SAT score to the colleges where I want to apply to?
A. You must pass on the score through the CollegeBoard service. Once your SAT exam scores are in, CollegeBoard has a delivery system where they send your verified scores to US Universities. With very Registration of a SAT exam, you get 4 free reports of the exam to be sent to 4 universities. On top of that, it costs $12 for each additional university.
Q. What is an ideal SAT Reasoning Test score?
A. Anything above 1300 is considered a good score for an SAT exam result. Above 1360 is what most people consider a score that most universities will find acceptable. Your SAT exam preparation and mock tests should be focused on how much you want to score.
Q. How important are extracurricular activities?
A. Most Universities say they are looking for well-rounded students. What they mean by this is usually students that exhibit interests and follow them. So yes, extra-curriculars are important for an applicant. Just remember to not do an activity just for college admissions. Admissions Officers are trained to see through this.
Q. How important is the SAT Test score in helping secure scholarships for undergraduate studies?
A. CollegeBoard has several scholarships on its website which open up to you once you have taken the SAT tests. For details on specific scholarships visit Here