SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is a standardized test with a pre-defined syllabus that is designed to test critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to analyze and solve problems in math, critical reading, and writing. The SAT is one way to demonstrate a student's competitiveness and their likelihood to succeed in a course, and is one of the several factors that many universities and colleges consider when making their admission decisions alongside high school grades.
SAT is classified into two categories. The first is the SAT that tests knowledge of the subjects taught every day in high school classrooms which are reading, writing and math. The second is the SAT Subject Test that examines a student's proficiency in a particular subject matter. This test is usually taken by students who are applying for a specialized field of study such as English Literature, World History, Mathematics, Biology or Chemistry.
Preparation is key to getting a good score in the SAT. Investing time and effort in preparing for the exam is a critical element in the test taking strategy. The Enlight offers quality SAT coaching that ensures students get the best possible preparation. Here are just a few of the reasons why students should choose to prepare for the SAT with The Enlight:
- One of the largest and most successful global education companies in India with 21 years of experience in assisting students make informed decisions about their futures and guiding them about their education options both in India and overseas.
- Vast experience in providing quality test preparation programmes for some of the most common standardized tests worldwide having helped several thousand students every year to successfully achieve their desired test scores.
- Experienced, qualified and professional faculty drawn from some of the most elite institutions in India all of whom have undergone a rigorous training schedule and who are subject to a regular and thorough evaluation process to ensure that their subject knowledge and teaching practices continue to be amongst the best in the industry.
- Thorough understanding of university entry requirements and admission processes worldwide with a vast network of partner institutions across the globe where thousands of students are placed annually having successfully achieved their desired test scores.
- Flexible and convenient schedules that suit students' needs and requirements with small batch sizes that allow personalized attention to ensure that every individual establishes realistic goals for score improvement, understands the key test concepts and is given comprehensive guidance on effective test taking strategies.
In addition, The Enlight also offers all its students a comprehensive 5 Point Study Plan built around their needs and requirements. Students enrolling for SAT preparation with The Enlight will benefit from the ability to:
- take a demo class before enrolling
- monitor progress through personalized review sessions after class hours
- improve test scores through extra tutoring and result orientated strategies
- enhance aptitude levels through customized question pools and strategic quiz tools
- revise from question banks that mirror the test exam
The Enlight SAT coaching centres adopt a number of powerful preparation methods:
- Content: The Enlight uses the most relevant and frequently tested content helping its students to fully familiarise themselves with the SAT and to organise their time in an effective manner to achieve the best scores.
- Critical Thinking Strategies: Realising that standardised tests rely on more than just the content, The Enlight constantly updates and customises its study and reference material, along with practice test papers, to ensure that it addresses the student's specific areas of concern. A personalised report which identifies areas of weaknesses and strengths is generated to help the student identify his or her testing patterns and work in a focused manner. The Enlight result-oriented strategies enable students to increase both speed and accuracy.
- Essential Practice: The Enlight collection of practice tests, other than basic content and timed drills, follow the same structure of the actual SAT. The realistic practice and extensive training, as well as test day tips and exam strategies provided by expert instructors, enhance students' confidence in facing the actual test.
- No Time Constraints: The Enlight provides intensive classroom coaching for 2 to 3 months, but its in-house library and centre resources are available to students for a period of 6 months. The class schedule is divided into modules, each of which concentrates on a specific topic tested in the SAT. In terms of course duration and time slots, flexibility is provided. Weekend classes allow students to prepare for the SAT in accordance with their daily schedules.
The SAT structure is as follows:
|Sections||Component||Time Allotted (min.)||Number of Questions/Tasks|
|2||Writing and Language||35||44|
|3||Math (No Calculator)||25||20 (5 Grid-in)|
|4||Math (Calculator)||55||38 (8 Grid-in)|
|Total||180 (230 with Essay)||154 (155 with Essay)|
SAT Scoring Methodology
Talking about relevant SAT information, two sections of SAT (Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) will be scored on a scale that ranges from 200-800 points giving a possible total of 1600. Sub scores and insight scores will also be reported along with an optional essay (scored separately).
Questions that a student does not answer do not count either for or against their score. Neither are points taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where the answers has to be entered into a grid. The raw score for each section is then converted into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200-800 points comes from, which is done through a statistical process called 'equating'.
Key points to bear in mind when taking the New SAT:
- As against to the old SAT guidelines, there is no negative marking or wrong-answer penalty.
- Too much time is often taken up answering specific questions, especially, in the Critical Reading section, which results in loss of valuable time to attempt other questions. Also, the critical reading section now does not asks for sentence completions.
- There are only 4 answer choices per question in the New SAT test format.
- Only a portion of questions focus on in-depth analysis of content and evidence
- SAT is available in print and digitally
The Enlight 10 key insights into the SAT:
- In India, the SAT is offered in the months of January, May, June, October, November and December.
- The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is usually held on the last Saturday).
- Students have 3 hours (3 hours 50 minutes with optional essay) to take the SAT, not including breaks and check-in time.
- After taking the SAT, students may cancel their score up until the Wednesday after they have taken the exam.
- The best time to take the SAT is in class 11, or at the beginning of class 12, with at least six to eight months before the board exams commence.
- SAT scores are valid for five years.
- Students can take the test more than once to see if they can score better but they should only do so if they are confident that they can improve. Two to three times is the maximum recommended number of attempts.
- The essay question asks students to analyze a 650-700 word document and explain how the author builds an argument. Students need not have previous knowledge of any particular subject to successfully answer the essay question as the test focuses on the reading, writing, and analysis skills of the test-takers.
- There is no definition of a 'good' SAT score. Generally speaking, scoring close to the mean (average) - about 500 on critical reading and writing and 500 on mathematics - shows that a student has scored as well as about half of the other students who have taken the test.
- Each college has its own way of using test scores and evaluating applicants. The SAT score reports sent to colleges include score ranges and percentiles that provide some context for how well a student has performed in the test.