College And The SAT
In this article we're going to discuss the SAT exam and exactly
what it means for a student trying to get into a college.
For those who don't know what the SAT is, it is short for
Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is given to young high school
students who desire to get into a college after they have
received their high school diploma.
The test itself is administered by the college board. This is a
non profit organization that is dedicated to doing all it can to
prepare students for the challenges they can expect to meet when
attending a college. The college board itself was founded in
1900 and now has over 3,800 colleges and universities as part of
its organization. The college board helps over 3 million
students in over 22,000 high schools each year connect with over
To take the SAT you have to register beforehand. You can either
do this online or through your local high school by contacting
your guidance councillor. After you have registered and paid
your registration fee you are then contacted with the date, time
and place where the test is being administered.
The SAT itself covers many aspects of knowledge including math,
reading and writing skills. After the test is completed, the
scores are calculated and are then made available to you to send
to any colleges you wish to apply to for admission.
The verbal section of the SAT includes 19 analogy questions, 19
questions where sentences need to be completed with the
appropriate word or phrase and 40 critical reading questions
where a paragraph is presented and the student must answer
questions pertaining to the material just read. This type of
test requires that a student think quickly as there is no time
to prepare for these questions.
The math portion of the SAT includes 35 multiple choice
questions where the student has to choose one of four possible
answers, 15 quantitative comparison questions and 10 open ended
questions. These are questions where a scenario is given and the
student must not only give the correct numerical answer to the
question but also explain his answer. The math portion of the
exam requires a student to know basic Algebra, Geometry and also
have some logical reasoning skills.
To prepare for these exams, students have many options to choose
from. The most commonly used are workshops where they take
practice exams. These are usually held at schools or other
public buildings. There is a fee for these workshops and some of
them are rather expensive.
Another option a student has is to take the PSAT, which is the
Pre Scholastic Aptitude Test. This gives the student a chance to
take an actual exam that doesn't count towards his SAT scores.
This is a great way to get a feel for what the SAT will be like
as the two are very similar.
Students who complete the SAT and score well are way ahead of
the game as far as getting considered for the college of their
choice. Many times a good SAT score can mean the difference
between a student being accepted to college or not.