tests SAT

SAT

Test Fee: 

The basic fee for the exam is $52, but it varies based on the country of the applicant. For Indian applicants, the fee for SAT comes out to be ~$106 (with written essay), or ~$94 (without essay). 

Exam Pattern:

Here is the table reflecting the changes in the new SAT test pattern 2017:

Comparison of the Major Features: Old SAT vs. Redesigned SAT

Category

Old SAT

Redesigned SAT

Total Testing Time*

*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research

3 hours and 45 minutes

3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])

Components

Critical Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Essay

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Reading Test

Writing and Language Test

Math

Essay (optional)

Important Features

Emphasis on general reasoning skills

Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts

Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success

Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact

Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

Essay

Required and given at the beginning of the SAT

25 minutes to write the essay

Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue

Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission

50 minutes to write the essay

Tests reading, analysis and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text

Score Reporting*

 

*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research

Scale ranging from 600 to 2400

Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing

Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing

Scale ranging from 400 to 1600

Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay

Essay results reported separately

Subscore Reporting

None

Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors

The table below reflects the changes in the length and timing of SAT test pattern 2017:

Comparison of Test Length and Timing: Old SAT vs. Redesigned SAT

Old SAT

Redesigned SAT

Component

Time Allotted
(minutes)

Number of
Questions/
Tasks

Component

Time
Allotted (minutes)

Number of 
Questions/
Tasks

Critical Reading

70

67

Reading

65

52

Writing

60

49

Writing and Language

35

44

Essay

25

1

Essay
(optional)

50

1

Mathematics

70

54

Math

80

57

Total

225

171

Total

180
(230 with Essay)

153
(154 with Essay)


The SAT Subjects Test Pattern is discussed in detail below:

 

The SAT Subjects Test is based on specific topics that the candidate can sit for. The following subjects are included in the test:

Literature

Biology/EM

German

Italianc

U.S. History

Chemistry

German with Listening

Latin

World History

Physics

Spanish

Chinese with Listening

Math Level

French

Spanish with Listening

Japanese with Listening

Math Level 2

French with Listening

Modern Hebrew

Korean with Listening

According to the SAT test pattern 2017, the SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200-800 scale.

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