Yocket Undergrad
on 25 May, 2016

SAT FAQs


Q. So if I take the SAT, 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. 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 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 Reasoning 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 Reasoning Test?
A. The November or December of the 11thgrade is the ideal time to give the SAT Reasoning 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:

  • 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, SAT exam dates are set on the first Saturday of May, June, October, November and December every year. The SAT tests are also offered on the third Saturday of January.

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 Reasoning Test, no other test can be taken. So, you cannot take a SAT Reasoning Test and a SAT Subject Test on the same day.

Q. What is the cost/registration fee for SAT Tests?
A. SAT Reasoning Test is $54.50 and the SAT Subject Tests are $44 each. The testing surcharge for India is $49. Hence total cost is $103.50 for SAT Reasoning Test and $93 for each SAT Subject Test.

Q. How many times can I take SAT Reasoning Test?
A. On average, applicants take the SAT twice, once around the end of their 11thgrade and once again if necessary in the middle of the 12th grade.

Q. If I take SAT Reasoning Test more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
A. Some Universities ask you to report your better overall score. i.e you can only report one SAT test. If your Critical Reading and Math are better in one test but your Writing was better in the other test, send the one where two sections are better.

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 Reasoning Test and Subject Tests scores for up to 5 years.

Q. Does admission to US universities depend only on SAT scores?
A. For undergraduate admissions in US, 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 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 $11.50 for each additional university.

Q. What is an ideal SAT Reasoning Test score?
A. Anything above 2000 is considered a good score. Above 2200 is what most people consider a score that most universities will find acceptable.

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 Reasoning Test score in helping secure scholarships for graduate 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 bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search



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