Jul 21

Everything You Need to Know About the SAT

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The Scholastic Aptitude Test was the previous name for the SAT. The majority of those who have completed 12 years of education take this standardized test. The test’s objective is to gauge a student’s preparation for college. The College Board is in charge of creating and designing the exam. The SAT is administered in every country.


SAT has seen numerous alterations since it first began. It was once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, before being changed to the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, SAT Reasoning Test, and is now known simply as the SAT.


There are two SAT tests: the SAT and the SAT Subject Test. A candidate may choose to take one or both tests.


It is important that you confirm the SAT requirements with each college. To compose a college admissions essay and apply for scholarships, you must have a SAT score. Anyone can register and take the SAT as there is no particular criteria. However, the goal of the exam is to gauge college preparation. The SAT evaluates a test-aptitude taker’s on two fronts:

  1. What one has studied over the course of twelve years of school

  2. Whether one would be able to finish a college degree program. 

The SAT does not emphasize memorization or rote learning.


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Exam sections for the SAT

The SAT consists of the following areas:


SAT Reading Test


  • The purpose of this test is to gauge how students process information, their thoughts on reading passages, and how to apply critical thinking. All of the multiple-choice questions on the reading tests are based on accompanying passages.

  • There are some sections that are matched with others.

  • Some texts are accompanied by informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts—but no math is required.

  • No prior expertise in a given subject is required.

  • The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section includes a reading test.


SAT Language and Writing Test


  • You must complete the following three tasks for the SAT Writing and Language Test: Read the passage carefully, look for faults and weaknesses, and make the necessary corrections.

  • Every single multiple-choice question is based on a passage.

  • There is little need for math, although some texts are accompanied by instructional graphics like tables, graphs, and charts.

  • No prior understanding of a subject is ever tested.

  • The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component includes the Writing and Language Test.


SAT Math


  • A variety of arithmetic skills are covered on the SAT Math Test, with a focus on modeling, problem solving, using tools wisely, and employing algebraic structure.

  • The majority of arithmetic problems will be multiple choice, but some—known as grid-ins—may need you to determine the solution rather than choose an option.

  • There are two sections of the math test: a math test with a calculator and and one without a calculator.

  • There are multiple questions concerning a single situation in some test sections.


The Math Test will pay close attention to the three mathematical topics that are most important to a variety of college majors and careers:


  • The mastery of linear equations and systems (algebra)

  • Problem solving and data analysis

  • Manipulation of challenging equations (advanced math)


The most important geometry and trigonometry for preparing for college and future professions are drawn from Additional Topics in Math for the Math Test.


SAT Essay


You are required to employ your reading, analysis, and writing abilities on the SAT Essay.


  • Although it is optional, some schools will demand it. Learn the rules for the SAT Essay for College.

  • You get 50 minutes—25 more than the former SAT essay requirement—to finish your essay.

  • You won’t be required to write about your personal experiences or to agree or disagree with a position on a subject.


Find a list of universities and organizations that suggest or require the SAT Essay here.


SAT Score


The SAT Test has a scaled score range of 200 to 800. The candidate’s test score is unaffected by the SAT test date. A candidate P who receives a 400 on one test date will be given the same credit as a candidate Q who receives a 400 on a different exam date. However, a percentage score is provided to distinguish between individuals earning similar grades. A 60 percentile indicates that you performed better than the remaining 60% of test-takers.

Any scheduled date at your chosen venue is available for the SAT test. Your score must be sent to colleges and scholarship providers by the College Board. You can request that the College Board send your SAT Score Report to relevant organizations.


SAT ID Requirements

You must present identification on the day of the SAT in order to take the test. You won’t be able to write the SAT without a legitimate ID. To meet the SAT ID requirements, you will need the following. 

  • A government-issued ID or an ID that is  issued by the school you are presently attending (not expired). Prior school year IDs are still valid through December of the current academic year. (For instance, student identification cards from 2021–22 are valid through December 31, 2022.)

  • Hardcopy documents of identification (not photocopied or electronic).

  • Have your admission ticket in hand, including the names listed in the order they appear.

  • Carry a recent photograph that is easily identifiable and that accurately depicts both your appearance on exam day and the picture on your admission ticket.

  • Make sure documents are in good condition, have readable English writing, and have a photo that can be properly seen.


Examples of Acceptable ID to Show the SAT Examiner


  • A driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by the government

  • Student ID card provided by your current school in good standing

  • Passport or U.S. Global Entry ID card, both of which are issued by the government

  • Military or national identification card issued by the government

  • Identification Sheets for Talent Search (allowed for eighth grade and below)

  • The current school you attend or a notary must prepare the SAT Student ID Form if you are being home-schooled.


Only a valid passport is recognized as identification in the following countries: Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, and Pakistan.


A valid passport or an Aadhar Card are accepted in India.


IDs that are recognized in Egypt, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam are: a valid national ID card or passport


Policy for SAT Calculators


The SAT is a test of skills, not memorization. It is permitted to use a calculator to answer portions of the SAT Math test. 


Test Dates and Locations for the SAT


The SAT is organized more than seven times per year. The US test dates and the international test dates can be different. Worldwide, including in the United States, the SAT Test is administered by the Educational Testing Services.


Fees for SAT Registration


The SAT registration fee is $47.50 for test takers in the US. However, the registration fee for the SAT with Essay Test is $64.50. A fee waiver is available.


How to Enroll in the SAT Exam


Prospective SAT Online or offline registration is available for takers. Online registration is encouraged for candidates. On the other hand, if necessary, you can select SAT Paper Based Registration.


If any of the following apply to you, you must mail in a paper application to register for the SAT:


  • Requesting testing in a local facility.

  • First-time request for testing on Sunday.

  • Paying with a money order or check (payable to “The College Board”).

  • Less than 13 years of age.

  • The online registration process does not allow for the submission of a digital photo.

  • Using a local SAT representative to register.


SAT Preparation


The SAT emphasizes skills over memory. The test evaluates your knowledge gained over your 12 years of schooling and your readiness for college-level coursework. Your college preparation is determined by your SAT score, which is used by US colleges and scholarship providers. Your test score is also relevant for college admission and scholarships across the globe.

The secret is practice. You have a set amount of time in the SAT Test to respond to the questions. The SAT is made to be accessible to everyone. The college board has created SAT practice to assist you in comprehending how the real SAT appears. Before showing up for the SAT on a test date, you can try the SAT practice tests.


Tokyo Academics provides SAT tutoring support for those looking to score high on their standardized tests. Visit our test preparation page to learn more (here).


SAT International Advisory Centers


Having the proper information eliminates any last-minute snags. Students getting ready to start college may have a lot of questions. Preparation is all about getting the appropriate answers at the right time. You can speak with appointed SAT representatives in your area if you need guidance about taking the test.


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