SAT FAQs

Q. How to register for the SAT 2019?

A. We thought you might ask! So here goes…deadlines for SAT registration is approximately 5 weeks before each test date. One can register for the SAT exam online or through the mail. Registering online is considered as the most convenient and fastest way to apply for the SAT test. Aspirants below 13 years of age have to register through the mail. Also, while registering, candidates can also choose their preferred SAT 2019 exam date and centres. Steps for SAT Registration 2019 process:

  • Make sure to check with the college you are applying whether you need to give the SAT 2019 exam with an essay or not, then proceed accordingly.
  • Visit the SAT’s official website and fill in your personal details and upload the photograph.
  • Payment for SAT 2019 can be made through credit card or Paypal.

Q. How many times can I take the SAT Exam?

A. The good news is that you can take the SAT exam as many times as you want to. The SAT is conducted six times a year (January, May, June, October, November, and December). However, it also depends on the program/college you are applying to. If the college requires you to submit your highest SAT scores, then you can take the test as many times as you want and send your highest scores to the college. Whereas if the college requires you to send all your score reports, then it is recommended that you should not give it more than three times. And it goes without saying…. give it your best!

Q. How can I send SAT scores to colleges?

A. Well, there are two ways of sending the scores to colleges; one, while registering for the test and two, after releasing of the official scores. Candidates receive four free score reports while registering for the SAT test. Candidates can send the scores to colleges up to nine days of taking the test after that they have to pay $12 for sending the score reports to each university/program they choose.

Q. What is the SAT point scale?

A. Candidates receive two section scores, evidence-based reading and writing, and math. Each of them is reported on a scale of 200 to 800. These scores together make up the total SAT score. The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. Further, scores for the optional essay are reported separately.

Q. What is the SAT 2019 eligibility criteria?

A. As such, there is no specific qualification given by the College Board for taking the SAT 2019. Also, there is no age limit prescribed by the administrative authority of SAT. Students who are in their junior or senior years of high school generally appear for the exam. The SAT exam is given by students who wish to enrol to undergraduate programs in the US and other countries. It can be used for seeking financial assistance as well.

Q. What if I take the SAT and mess up?

A. Rest your fears! On the day of your test if you want to cancel your score during or after finishing your exam, you should ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing centre. You can also think about it for a day or two before mailing it to College Board. However, College Board must receive your request form no later than 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) the Wednesday after the test. You must include the test date, test centre number, name of the test you are cancelling, your name, address, sex, birth date, social security number, registration number, and your signature.

Q. What is Score Choice?

A. Good question! Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Different universities and colleges now have different score choice practices. Some schools require only the single highest test date score, some schools state that they combine the highest scores from different sections across test dates, and some schools require you to send all of your scores. View the score-choice practices of different schools. Always check with the schools you plan to apply to as well before sending your scores.

Q. Where can I get a sample SAT to practice on?

A. So glad you asked! We have a great stack of meticulously curated SAT resources just for you.

Q. When should I start preparing for the SAT?

A. Because the SAT is the most important test for college admissions, it is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals. It is best to start by June before 10th grade. Otherwise, a student should start by the summer before their 11th grade to maximize the effectiveness of our program because there are no distractions such as school homework, projects, exams or any other school activities. Students should start preparing for the SAT no later than the summer before their 12th grade.

Q. What question types appear in the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section?

A. Just so you know, four types of questions will be featured on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section: words in context, command of evidence, informational graphics, and text complexity.

Words in Context questions measure your understanding of how word choice influences meaning, shapes mood and tone, reflects point of view, or lends precision or interest. The Writing and Language portion measures students’ ability to apply knowledge of words, phrases, and language in general in the context of extended prose passages.

Command of Evidence questions test students’ ability to identify the portion of text that serves as the best evidence for the conclusions they reach. You both interpret text and support that interpretation by citing the most relevant textual support. The Writing and Language portion measures students’ capacity to revise a text to improve its development of information and ideas.

Informational Graphics questions ask students to interpret information conveyed in one or more graphics (tables, graphs, charts, etc.) and to integrate that information with information found in the text. The Reading test has two passages that include one or two graphics each. The Writing and Language portion has one or more passages that include one or more graphics, and asks students to consider information in graphics as they make decisions about how and whether to revise a passage.

Text Complexity questions include passages that span a specified range of text complexity levels from grades 9-10 to postsecondary entry. Students are asked to make and refine decisions about the placement of passages within complexity bands.

Q. What question types appear in SAT math section?

A. Four types of questions appear in the SAT math section: algebra, problem solving and data analysis, advanced math, and additional topics. Each of these broader question types may be broken down into more specific math topics.

Algebra questions require students to solve equations and systems of equations, to create expressions, equations, and inequalities to solve problems, and to rearrange and interpret formulas.

Problem Solving and Data Analysis questions require students to create and analyse relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units, to describe relationships shown graphically, and to summarize qualitative and quantitative data.

Advanced Math questions require students to rewrite expressions, to create, analyse, and solve quadratic and higher-order equations, and to manipulate polynomials to solve problems.

Additional Topics questions require students to calculate area and volume, to investigate lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems, and to work with trigonometric functions.

Q. What is the difference between SAT and ACT?

A. One major difference between both the exams is that ACT includes a section on science which is not present in SAT. Another difference between the exams is that during the ACT exam, the applicant can use a calculator while in the SAT, the applicants need not use the calculator as it comprises of a short ‘no calculator subsection’. Read more about the differences here.