GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SAT TEST
Here are some general guidelines for students who are getting ready to take the SAT test:
- All questions count the same, so it is recommended to answer easier questions first.
- Make educated guesses. You have a better chance of guessing the correct answer, if you can rule out one or more answer Choices for the multiple-choice questions.
- Skip questions that you really can’t answer—no points are deducted if an answer is left blank.
- Keep track of time, i.e., don’t spend too much time on any group of questions within a section.
- Use your test booklet as scratch paper. Be sure, however, to record your answer on the answer sheet.
- You won’t be given credit for answers written in the test book.
- In the test booklet, mark the questions that you skipped and to which you want to return.
- Check your answer sheet to make sure you are placing your answers correctly.
- Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil.
- Be sure to fill in the entire circle on the answer sheet. If you change your answer, erase it as completely as possible.
- Do not skip sections. Doing so could result in score cancellation and/or delays.
SAT SCORE REPORTS
The SAT Program provides students detailed information about their performance on the SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests. Students receive their scores online free of charge.
A few weeks after the test administration they can check their full online score report.
All students can request to receive paper reports, which begin mailing about six weeks after the test. Students who register by paper and who do not have an online account will automatically receive a paper score report.
For the first few administrations of the redesigned SAT, scores will take longer to report.
For example, students should expect to receive SAT scores from the March administration during early May. This additional time is used for statistical analyses and to derive the concordance between the current and redesigned SAT.
Cumulative Score Reporting to Students and High Schools
The student’s score report contains scores from up to six previous SAT and six previous SAT Subject Test administrations, along with the most recent score. These scores are also sent to your school.
Online Score Reports
For students taking any of the SAT Suite of Assessments, their online score report allows them to see detailed and personalized information about their scores.
To access the report, students should log in with their usernames and passwords to http://www.studentscores.collegeboard.org. They will see all of their SAT, SAT Subject, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 score history in one place.
My Online SAT Score Report helps students to:
- Get detailed insights into how they performed on each component of the test, including responses by question type and difficulty.
- Understand specifics about how the test is structured and scored.
- See how their scores compare with those of nationally representative samples of students.
- Determine whether they might benefit from taking the test again and working to improve their scores on a future test through targeted practice through Khan Academy and other resources.
- Search for the right colleges, majors and careers based on their scores.
- View a printable copy of their actual Essay response and see sample Essays that received various scores.
Sending the SAT Test Scores
Students have the following options for sending official score reports to colleges and scholarship programs:
Choose up to four institutions to receive scores at the time of registration. These score reports are sent at no additional charge and are available through the date listed on the student’s Admission Ticket (usually nine days after the SAT test date).
You are required to choose additional institutions at registration, or any time after, to receive scores.
- Additional score reports are subject to a fee unless the student is eligible for a fee waiver.
- Ordering scores online is easy, but scores can also be ordered using the Additional Score Report Request Form, which can be downloaded from sat.org/contact and select Send scores. Codes of score recipients are provided online.
Please note the following about sending additional scores
- Only score reports from completed and scored tests will be sent. Scores that have not yet been released, or from tests that the student has not yet taken, will not be included.
- Scores are provided within three weeks after the request is received.
- Rush reporting is available for an additional fee. Rush scores are normally sent two business days after the student’s request is received and processed.
- If a student orders score reports with a registration, those reports will not go out until after the administration takes place. For example, if ordered in November as part of a January registration, score reports will not be delivered until January scores are available in mid-February.
SAT SCORE CHOICE
- Score Choice gives students the option to send scores from selected or all SAT test dates and SAT Subject Test dates, as requested by each institution’s score-use practice.
- “Score Choice” is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores will be sent automatically.
- “Score Choice” only affects scores submitted to colleges and universities and scholarship programs; all scores still appear on score reports given to students and counsellors.
- Since most colleges only consider students’ best scores, students should feel comfortable reporting scores from all of their SAT test dates.
- Colleges and universities continue to follow their own score-use practices, which may vary from college to college.
- The College Board includes institutions’ score-use practices as part of the scores ending process; however, students should check with the colleges to which they are applying to ensure that they report the right scores.
- The College Board encourages students to use their registration score sends, since these are the quickest way to get scores to colleges and can often serve as a “demonstration of interest” in that college. “Demonstrations of interest” are often considered in a college’s admission decision. Additional information about “Score Choice” is available on the College Board website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE SAT TEST
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HOW COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES USE YOUR SAT SCORES
The following list illustrates some of the ways SAT scores might be used at different colleges and universities:
- Use SAT and SAT Subject Test scores to better understand other information in the applicant’s folder, such as grades and courses taken.
- Include SAT and SAT Subject Test scores as predictors in an admissions index to determine basic qualifications, or for use in preliminary screening.
- Review SAT and SAT Subject Test scores to identify students who might be “at risk” and who might benefit from special advisors, developmental programs, and/or persistence support.
- Recruit students (through College Board Search or from among those who have sent scores) who have SAT scores in the range of the Average SAT scores of those candidates that got accepted or enrolled students at that institution.
- Conduct research on SAT and SAT Subject scores and other criteria to identify characteristics used in decision making that predict success in course placement, completion of freshman year, and/or graduation.
- Include information about SAT and SAT Subject Test scores (such as the middle 50 percent) of all applicants, accepted students, or enrolled freshmen in promotional materials so that students and counsellors can develop an understanding of how the student might fit in that particular institution.
- Use SAT Subject Test scores as placement tools to ensure students enrol in courses at the appropriate level. Use SAT Subject Test scores to gain deeper insight into a student’s achievement in specific subject areas.
- Review SAT Subject Test scores to determine a student’s readiness to take college-level courses in a specific subject area, relative to other students or prospective students at the institution.
- The SAT test with Essay provides an opportunity for students to provide evidence of their writing abilities and demonstrate college and career readiness proficiency. Colleges and universities are able to gain additional information about students’ proficiency in reading, writing, and analysis, as well as compare students’ SAT Essays with their application essays. The Essay is also used as additional information for placement.
SAT TEST DESIGN
To establish a strong foundation for validity, the new test design is based on the most current national and international research on the skills and knowledge needed for success in college and career. On an ongoing basis, the College Board will review student performance metrics to ensure that assessment questions and test forms are measuring the knowledge and skills they are intended to measure.
Now let us understand the changes that have been made to SAT
Total testing time for New SAT
The total testing time for the redesigned SAT 3 hours and you will be given an additional 50 minutes for writing an optional essay.
Components of SAT Test
The redesigned SAT consists of 3 sections.Mathematics section is unchanged, but the essay section is optional.
A new section has been added to the redesigned SAT called as Evidence -Based reading and writing. This section is subdivided into 2 parts, that is, reading test, and writing and language test.
The three sections are
- Reading (From EBWR)
- Writing and Language (From EBWR)
NEW SAT- IMPORTANT FEATURES
The redesigned SAT gives emphasis on reasoning, but it also has a stronger focus on the knowledge, skills and understandings, which check your readiness for the college, and are very important for your career and success.
The new SAT puts extra emphasis on the vocabulary skills of the candidate. The way in which the candidate uses the words, and how the choice of word shapes the meaning, tone and impact is also judged. In short, the new SAT challenges the student a bit more.
The redesigned SAT grants a point for a correct answer, but no points are deduced for a wrong answer. This makes life easier for students during the tests.The blank response has no impact on the scores.
For the redesigned SAT, your post-secondary institutions determine whether they will require the essay for admission. You will be allotted a time of 50 minutes to complete the essay.
The new SAT tests reading, analysing, and writing skills of the students to produce a written analysis of a provided
The new SAT decides the score in the range of 400 to 1600. The scales range from 200-800 for both Evidence-Based Reading and writing, and Mathematics.
The essay is scored on the scales range of 2 to 8 on each of three traits for the essay.
The new SAT needs sub scores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators and counsellors.
THE CONCORDANCE TABLES – WHAT IS THEIR SIGNIFICANCE?
The College Board will provide the concordance tables college admission officers and others need to compare scores on the redesigned SAT with those on the old SAT.
The tables are provided because the two tests are different, a numerical score on one will not be strictly equivalent to the same numerical score on the other.
Concordance tables linking the redesigned SAT and the ACT will be available as well.
Concordance Table Release Schedule:
- Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT to pre-2015 PSAT/NMSQT: December 2015
- Redesigned SAT to current SAT: May 2016
- Derived concordance of redesigned SAT to ACT*: May 2016
The CONCORDANCE table can be really useful:
The concordance to ACT test will be derived by matching the new SAT test to the oldSAT test, and then the current SAT to the ACT using validated concordance tables.