Most undergraduate programs in the US will require you to take the SAT I (we’ll simply call it SAT from now on). The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a three-hour multiple-choice standardized examination. It essentially tests your verbal and quantitative skills. The SAT is written and administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Services) under the sponsorship of the College Entrance Examination Board (College Board). Both ETS and the College Board are private non-profit organizations based in the US.
Where do I obtain the Registration Form and the SAT Information Bulletin?
You can collect your free SAT Information Bulletin from the USEFI office located nearest to you. The Information Bulletin will contain the registration form. It will also contain information on the test centres located near you. ETS has appointed several testing agencies worldwide that act as franchisees for ETS. Your information bulletin will contain information on the Testing Agency in your country.
How do I register?
There are three common ways of registering for the SAT.
Mail: Once you’ve filled up the registration form you can mail it to the:
College Board SAT I
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton NJ 08541-6200
This is mainly for students who are paying the test fee through a draft, or money order or cheque. Or those who have opted for Sunday testing or wish to avail of the Services for Students with Disabilities Program.
Fax: Fill up the registration form and fax it to 001 609 683 1234. You will be required to pay an additional $5 as fee for registration by fax. Note that you will need to possess an international credit card to be able to register through fax.
Online: This is by far the easiest way to register for the SAT. Simply log on to www.sat.org and fill up the registration form online. You will be required to provide your credit card number.
What is the format of the SAT I?
There are 7 sections on the SAT. Here is the break up of those 7 sections:
- Two 30-minute verbal sections
- Two 30-minute math sections
- One 15-minute verbal section
- One 15-minute math section
- One 30-minute math/verbal section (experimental)
As you may have seen, there will be one 30-minute math/verbal section, which will be experimental. This means that you will not be scored on this section. ETS uses these questions for its own research. However, it is difficult to understand which section is the experimental section, while you’re taking the test. Therefore, it is suggested that you put in your best on all sections.
What will there be in the verbal section?
You may expect 3 types of questions on the verbal sections:
Sentence completion questions (19 questions)
Analogy questions (19 questions)
Critical reading questions (40 questions)
Total number of questions will be 78.
What will there be in the math section
You may expect 3 types of questions on the math sections:
Regular multiple-choice math (35 questions)
Quantitative comparisons (15 questions)
Grid-ins (10 questions)
Total number of questions will be 60