1. In India, what is the fees payable for the SAT – I examination?
A: $102 for students who appear for the test in India.

2. When is the SAT test administered ?
A: SAT is administered six times during the school year: October, November, December, January, May, and June.

3. How do I register for the SAT test?
A: For students testing under regular testing conditions, parents are responsible for registering for the test and choosing when and where the students take the test. For information on registering for the SAT, visit SAT’s website: www.collegeboard.org OR contact SmartPrep for free assistance in test registration.

4. What kind of an exam is the SAT – I?
A: The SAT – I is a reasoning oriented, mainly MCQ based, paper-and-pencil test.

5. When is the best time to take the SAT?
A: The best time to take SAT is when students are in class 11, or have just started class 12 and with at least six to eight months before their boards.

6. Should I take the test more than once?
A: The SAT is held five times a year and students can give the test more than once but it is recommended that they take test two to three times only.

7. Which scores will universities accept if the test is given more than once?
A: Different universities have different policies in this matter. Some may accept only the most recent scores and some may accept the best out of all the scores, some may even take the best sectional scores of all.

8. What does the SAT test?
A: The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life.

The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

9. How important is the SAT in college admission?
A: The SAT is just one factor among many that colleges use to get to know you better. It’s part of a comprehensive admission process that also takes into account your high school academics, extracurricular activities, recommendations, personal essay and other factors. Having said that, the SAT score is the primary filter for international students and scholarship seekers.

10. How can I do my best on the SAT?
A: The best way to get ready for the SAT is to take a challenging test prep course, study hard, and read and write in and outside of the classroom. It does help to become familiar and comfortable with the test format and question types. Understand that all students are not built equal. Get your SWOT analysis done after appearing for the D-Test at SmartPrep.

11. How is the SAT scored?
A: Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. There are two “sub-scores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.

Two steps happen before you see a final score.

First, figure out your raw score by:
Adding points for correct answers.
Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers.
Remember: Questions that you skipped don’t count either for or against your score, and points aren’t taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where you needed to enter the answer into a grid.

Then take your raw score and turn it into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, and it is done through a statistical process called “equating.” This process makes it possible to compare your score with the scores of other students who took alternative versions of the test, and to your own scores on previous tests.

Each SAT exam includes an extra 25-minute critical reading, mathematics or writing multiple-choice section that doesn’t count toward your score.

12. What is the SAT test order?
A: The 25-minute essay will always be the first section of the SAT, and the 10-minute multiple-choice writing section will always bring up the rear or the final section. The remaining six 25-minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20-minute sections. It is quite likely that examinees sitting next to each other in the same exam may be answering test books with altogether different sections.

13. What is the ideal score?
A: The total score on the SAT is 2400. There is no ideal score, since getting into a college does not depend merely on SAT scores; your school grades and other components of the application package such as extra-curricular activities and recommendations are also important. However, in order to get into good universities you do need a competitive score and most universities put up their average and minimum SAT scores on their website at the beginning of an application cycle. Please remember that you will need to check the university’s website to check the minimum SAT score for that academic year. Most universities consider a score of 1800 to be competitive. The national average score of students in USA on the SAT is 1500.

14. How long is my test score valid?
A: Your SAT score is valid for 5 years.

15. How long does it take for the SAT – I results to be online?
A: SAT scores are available online approximately 21 days after the test.

16. Can I cancel my scores?
A: Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center, or you can think about it for a day or two before mailing it to ETS. However, ETS must receive your request form no later than the Wednesday after the test.

17. Can I use calculator during the test?
A: Yes. Calculator use is allowed, but not required.

18. When are the university application deadlines?
A: For students interested in starting programs in August/September, deadlines may be as early as November of the previous year. Since every university has its own deadlines, it is best to locate these dates on each university’s website. There are also universities that have rolling admissions where applications can be submitted throughout the year and decisions made on a monthly basis.

19. How much does it cost to study in the U.S.?
A: The cost of study in the United States varies widely among universities and the cost of living from one location to the next. Comprehensive costs can range fromUS$16,000 per year to over US$60,000 per year. Scholarships for Saudi students are available from the Ministry of Higher Education and also from a limited number of U.S. universities. The figures listed below are designed to provide some indication of how much students can expect to pay for 12 months of study in the U.S.

Tuition $8,000‐$40,000
Personal Expenses $1,200‐$3,000
Room–board $4,000‐$15,000
Book‐Supplies $500‐$1,500
Total $15,000‐$63,000

20. What is the SAT Subject Test?
A: The SAT Subject test examines a student’s proficiency in a particular subject matter. This test is usually given by students to who are applying for a specialized field of study in college such as engineering, English literature, history, international relation etc. Subject test is recommended for students applying to Ivy league schools and top 15 to 20 universities in US. The more popular subject tests are : Math – 1, Math – 2, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English

The SAT Subject Tests can be taken up to three times on a single test date.
Calculators may be used only on the Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 Subject Tests.
SAT Subject Tests and the SAT General test cannot be taken on the same test date.
The particular Subject Tests a student plans to take must be mentioned at the time of registration. This can be changed on test day if needed.

The fee for each Subject test is 20$. For tests that require language and listening an additional 20$ is charged and for all other subject tests an additional 9$ is charged.

21. Why is the SAT – II important ?
A: Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.

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