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CrackSAT has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the SAT test that will help answer many queries for prospective SAT test takers. Questions include basic information such as 'What is the SAT?", "Who conducts SAT" to questions about the "structure of the SAT Reasoning Test", "Scoring Pattern of SAT?" and the different areas that are tested in the SAT Reasoning Test.

What is the SAT and who conducts it?

The SAT is a test that has to be taken for admission into any undergraduate degree Program in America. SAT is an aptitude test administered by The College Board in order to have a standardized format that measures the skill sets required for entering a college.

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How many types of SAT tests are there? Which one should I take?

SAT is an aptitude test and has two variants.

  1. SAT Reasoning Test
  2. SAT Subject Test

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Why should one take up the SAT?

Virtually every college in the US accepts the SAT as the default entrance test to admit students to their undergraduate programs. What is more - many of these colleges actually require the SAT for admission.

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How is the SAT Reasoning Test Scored? What is Raw scored and scaled scores in SAT?
  • Each correct answer is awarded +1 point.
  • Each incorrect response in multiple choice questions results in 1/4 of a point being subtracted from your score.
  • No marks are subtracted for an incorrect answer to student produced response.

The resultant score is called the raw score. These raw scores are converted to a scaled score in the range of 200 to 800.

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What is the difference between ACT and SAT? Which one should I take?

The ACT (American College Testing Assessment) is an examination that is expected to measure a candidate's academic achievement in four basic areas, namely, English, Math, Reading and Sciences. The basic premise on which the test must be chosen is the requirement of the college that the student plans to apply to. Quite a few colleges accept both ACT and SAT.

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