FAQ’s for SAT

We have covered SAT in an earlier blog (SAT Preparation Strategies) in detail where we have talked about preparation strategies. Now we are going to cover some frequently asked questions that you may have on your mind.

Q: Why is the SAT important for college admissions?

A: Colleges and Universities use different criterion during the admission process, the SAT being one of them. The test score is an important parameter that institutions evaluate while processing your application for admission, in order to understand you better.

Q: How is the SAT scored?

A: SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600 (200-800 for Reading & Writing and 200-800 for Math).

Q: How many times is the SAT conducted every year?

A: 6 times (Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec). The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is usually taken on the last Saturday).

Q: How do I register for the SAT?

A: There are two ways to sign up for the SAT:

  • Online: Register at the College Board website
  • By phone: (888) 728-4357. Students may only register for the SAT over the phone if they are retaking the SAT. Only students who have a previous SAT registration can register by phone.

Q: What is the set duration for the SAT?

The SAT consists of 2 main sections:

  • A 65-minute Reading section
  • One 35-minute Writing & Language section
  • One 25-minute Mathematics (No Calculator) section
  • A 55-minute Mathematics (Calculator) section
  • A 50-minute essay (optional)

Total test time: 3 hours and 50 minutes (3 hours without essay).

Q: Can I Cancel My Scores?

A: Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form.

Q: How Important Are SAT Scores?

A: The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school.

Q: When Should I Start Prepping?

A: Give yourself 5 to 12 weeks to prepare for the SAT.

Q: How Do I Register for the SAT?

A: SAT registration deadlines fall approximately 5 weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board’s Bulletin for the SAT Program.

Q: How much does it cost to take the SAT?

A: The SAT Reasoning Test costs $46.00 or $60 (with essay) + a $29 late fee if you register after the registration deadline.

Q: How long does it take to get my scores back?

A: The scores are usually mailed out 4-6 weeks after you take the test. You may also look up your scores online through the College Board website two weeks after your exam at www.collegeboard.org.

Q: What is Score Choice?

A: Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost.

Q: When should I start preparing for the SAT?

A: Because the SAT is the most important test for college admissions, it is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals. For students who have the goal of becoming a National Merit Semi-finalist, it is best to start by June before 10th grade.

Q: How much high school math do I need before I can start preparing for the SAT?

A: Once you have completed high school algebra and geometry, you are ready to take the SAT. Although the SAT does include Algebra II, it is only a small fraction of the math section, about 10%.

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