SAT is a standardized test that is designed to evaluate undergraduate into three elements, they are: Reading, Writing and Mathematics, standing for admission in most prestigious college in USA. The SAT is actually run by the College Board and administered by ETS. Every year, many students take SAT to calculate their intellectual potential. On the other hand, it is better indicator of successive role in college because it has correlation with grade, assessing the test-takers capacity to analyze and solve problem skills, which they have learned in school. Likewise, the major fact cannot be hidden, it is that the SAT was originally revised from an Army IQ test and administered as a college admissions test for the first time in 1926. However, it didn’t really cultivate its area until the president of Harvard started taking exam to assess scholarship applicants because he believed it was an effective measuring tool for creative potential.
SAT consist of four required sections:
1. Reading -
The Reading section measures your ability to think, understand and analyze the written information and answer questions clearly that has been stated. The reading section gives unanimous attention to five passages, each accompanied by 10-11 corresponding questions. The passages declare its differential based on genre, purpose, subject and complexity. Some passages will include informational graphs, such as tables, graphs and charts. You will be expected to understand both the graphics and any connections/relationships between the information in graphics and the information found in the passage.
2. The Writing and Language section
The ability to write effectively can be critical skill, both in college and in the workforce. The Writing and Language section is designed to test two components of the writing process:
- Rhetorical skills:
These questions successfully test how much you can revise and edit text to improve the expression of ideas. Specifically, these questions examine your ability to organize passages, paragraphs, and sentences; extracting the main ideas and purposes of passages; coordinating and supporting details in passages; and conforming sentences to the overall tone of a passage which complete its package widely.
- Usage and mechanics:
These questions test how well you can correct errors in sentence structure, usage and punctuation.
3. The Math section:
The Math section measures a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical issues, and explain data presented in graphical form. The math required for these sections is typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis.
- No calculator section
25 minutes, 20 questions (15 multiple choice questions; 5 grid-in questions)
- Calculator section
55 minutes, 38 questions (30 multiple choice questions;8 grid-in questions).
4. The Essay Section –
The SAT essay asks students to analyze a passage of writing and explain how the author built a persuasive argument, holding that explanation with evidence from the passage. Two different graders will read and score the SAT essay according to three dimensions: reading, analysis, and writing. Each grader will award 1to 4 per dimension and then the two scores for each dimension are added. Each of three dimension scores which student receives ranges from 2-8 points. The SAT essay is optional, but highly recommended since many colleges require an SAT score with the essay.