SAT Overview:

The SAT is a standardized test used by colleges to help them evaluate potential students. In three subject areas: Reading, Writing, and Math, it measures a student’s readiness for college courses. Colleges and universities use the SAT as part of their admissions process. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. Students can prepare for SAT exam by themselves or can take the help of SAT tutoring.

As the SAT covers elementary, middle, and high school curricula, students can also prepare for the SAT exam by themselves. Mostly it’s the review of each subject foundation and practice. The College Board publishes the “Official Study Guide” which has 8 practice tests. Students can take advantage of these practice tests and use them strategically to prepare for the test. They can also use online tools to grade the test and get a detailed diagnostic report to improve on each session. Here we will share how you can prepare for SAT exam by yourself.

SAT Scoring System:

Before starting with SAT preparation, students should know the SAT score range to determine a good SAT score.

The SAT exam has two sections –

  • EBRW (Reading + Writing), and
  • Composite Math (Mathematics).

These two section ranges are 200-800 point scale, for a score of 400-1600 i.e. SAT Total score.

There are additional Sub-scores on a scale of 1-15 and a Cross-Test Score of 10-40. The scores of the candidate reflect how he/she can be compared with other students who attempted the SAT test.

Good SAT Score for college admissions:

  • Many top-level colleges accept a score of 1400 or more as a good score.
  • For a mid-level university, anywhere between 1200 & 1400 can be considered as good.
  • And for those who want to go to a community college, a score of 1000 – 1200 can also work.

Understanding SAT Score:

  • Fig 1: Understanding score report calculation

You can also download the free ebook  “Strategies to Prepare SAT in an Effective Way”  from the Socrato website.

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