WHAT IS THE SAT USED FOR?
The SAT is used primarily for:
- Scholarship applications to undergraduate programs
- Admissions to colleges and universities in the US, Canada and in other countries.
TYPES OF THE TEST
There is the General Test and Subject Tests.
The General SAT is used for applications to undergraduate programs. However, if one is applying for programs that require a certain level of knowledge in the desired field of study, the Subject Test is required.
The test is taken in January, March, April, October, November and December in most African countries.
There are three main components:
- The Evidence-based Reading and Writing Test
- Math – Calculator and Math –No Calculator Test
- Optional Essay
Scores are reported in a detailed format to reflect a number of skills and competences but generally, the math and reading & writing sections are scored on a scale of 400 – 800 given a maximum total of 1,600 while the essay is graded on a scale of 0-12.
Evidence-Based Reading – 65 minutes (52 questions)
Writing & Language Test – 35 minutes (44 questions)
Math – No Calculator – 25 minutes (20 questions)
Math – Calculator – 55 minutes ( 38 questions)
College Board releases scores after about two weeks from the date of the exams.
More information: collegeboard.org