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SAT: Frequently Asked Questions

SAT FAQs
  • Nitin
  • 06 Jun, 2019

Every year, thousands of students take up the SAT test to increase their chances of getting the colleges of their preferences. While not all the top colleges and universities in the world require students to qualify the SAT; however, submitting SAT scores certainly helps them secure a seat in a good college across the globe. Since there are no eligibility criteria for the SAT, students from 9th standard to post-graduation take up the SAT exam to evaluate their strength and weaknesses.

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The SAT, owing to its large acceptance and thousands of test takers every year, holds a great value in terms of analysing students’ aptitude and skills. Thus, SAT aspirants often have a bunch of questions that constantly nag at the back of their minds. Here, I have compiled a list of such questions that every SAT aspirant must have answers to.

Ques. 1. Why do I need to have the SAT scores?

Ans. Each college and university has its own admission criteria by which it shortlists students for various courses at Bachelor’s, Master or Doctoral level. The SAT test is one of those criteria that evaluates students’ skills and aptitude and makes sure that each student is intellectually fit for the course s/ he is willing to enrol for.

Ques. 2. How many times can I take the SAT test?

Ans. You can take up the SAT test as many times as you want. The SAT test is conducted 6 times in India and 7 times in the US (March SAT) and it doesn’t have the restriction of appearing again. However, I’d advise you to prepare for the SAT test well before taking up the exam.

Ques. 3. What is the validity of the SAT test?

Ans. The SAT scores are valid for 5 years; however, I’d advise you to submit your SAT scores not more than 2 years old. It will help colleges to have a fair judgement of your aptitude and increase your chances of getting admission.

Ques. 4. If I have taken the SAT multiple times, will I have the option to send the SAT scores of my choice?

Ans. Yes, you can send the SAT scores of your choice via logging into the College Board official website and select the “Score Choice” option.

Ques. 5. Will I get the scholarship in the colleges and universities after clearing the SAT test?

Ans. First of all, you must understand that the SAT is a skills-assessment test that evaluates students’ aptitude and logical thinking ability. It increases your chances of securing a seat in top colleges in the world. A lot many colleges and universities across the globe offer scholarships and financial aids to students. These scholarships are based on merit considering various factors and having good SAT scores is one of them. Hence, clearing the SAT alone doesn’t guarantee a scholarship; however, it can surely increase your chances of getting a scholarship.

Ques. 6. What did you learn or realise right after taking the SAT test?

Ans. One of the best things that you could learn via taking the SAT test is that you need to have a smart approach to ace the test. You can’t just memorise a large amount of syllabus in a short time before the examination. You must understand things to give your best in the examination. Another important thing is you should always be pretty serious about taking the SAT test. No matter if you are planning to take the test again later on. All your SAT scores from various attempts will be averaged when you finally apply for the colleges. Hence, if you score fewer marks in your first attempt, make sure you give your best in the next attempt to improve your average score.

Ques. 7. What is a good SAT score?

Ans. Well, it’s a tricky question considering the fact that there are thousands of SAT takers across the globe. Each SAT taker has a different level of intellect and skills. Like any other test, the SAT percentile will tell you how good you were based on all SAT students’ performance in the test. For instance, if you got 80 percentile score, it means you did better than the 80% of the total students who took the same SAT test. Now, you should know that the SAT is divided into two parts where each part, Reading Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Maths, is of 800 marks. Together, it makes the SAT test of 1600 maximum marks. You can get to know the average, good and bad SAT scores based on the students’ performance in the previous years. This will give you an idea of the SAT score deviations.

SAT 2018 Percentile

SAT Composite Score (1600 Max)

Students’ Percentile

SAT Composite Score (1600 Max)

Students’ Percentile

1600

99+

1100

58

1550

99+

1050

49

1500

99

1000

39

1450

97

950

31

1400

94

900

23

1350

91

850

15

1300

87

800

10

1250

81

750

5

1200

74

700

2

1150

67

650

1

600 and below

-1

 

Ques. 8. How long does it take to get the SAT score?

Ans. Students often have this query! Usually, the SAT officials take 13 days to release the SAT multiple-choice scores after the SAT test conducted. If you have taken the SAT Essay as well, you will get your Essay score after two to five days of SAT multiple-choice scores. In a nutshell, you will receive your SAT score within 20 days of the test. However, if you have taken the SAT test in June, you will have to wait for around five weeks to get your SAT scores.

Ques. 9. What are some good SAT applications for Android and iPhones?

Ans.

App

Developer

Platform

Daily Practice for the SAT®

The College Board

iPhone and Android

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

iPhone and Android

Ready4 SAT

Ready4

iPhone and Android

SAT Test Prep Practice Q & A

ImpTrax Corporation

iPhone and Android

SAT: Practice, Prep, Flashcards

Varsity Tutors

iPhone and Android

 

Ques. 10. What is the average SAT scores in the last 10 years?

Ans. Here is the list of average SAT scores in the last 10 years:

Year

Math

Critical Reading

Writing

2008

514

500

493

2009

514

499

492

2010

515

500

491

2011

514

497

489

2012

514

496

488

2013

514

496

488

2014

513

497

487

2015

511

495

484

2016

508

494

482

2017

527

533

2018

531

536


(Note: The old SAT used to have three sections namely Critical Reading, Writing and Math. However, in 2016, the SAT was redesigned and combined the Critical Reading and Writing sections into one. Now, the test has two sections called Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.)

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