Here is a list of colleges that made the SAT optional because of the pandemic.
Though if you are highly motivated, you should probably take it straight out of the maternity ward.
But 2-3 times is the norm.
Official practice tests are free and widely available (see below) so start studying early! Soak in the boring passages. Nose around the math section. Once you reach 10th grade, you should devote a solid 3-4 months to test prep.
That's 5 minutes longer than the ACT and about the length of Gone with the Wind. Should you really be taking the SAT? It's a lot to think about.
One 10-minute break and one 5 minute break. Unfortunately these are also your only snacking windows. You only have the allotted times (above) to finish each section but there aren't huge official "breaks" between sections.
This is your only scrap paper. But that's a lot of paper! Underline sentences. Mark up geometry figures. Do long division and algebra all over this thing. It won't be graded. It won't even be seen.
There are two major sections:
What's a good score? This is hard to say objectively since everyone has different goals. Here are the 2020 percentile breakdowns for the last three graduating classes that took the SAT:
Sadly there isn't an "easier" testing date.
Technically they it Score Choice. But who cares about the name. Superscoring means you can pick your best section scores from different tests and combine them send colleges your highest possible score!
Here's an example:
Test 1: 530 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing || 600 Math SAT score: 1130
Test 2: 580 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing || 590 Math SAT score: 1170
You can send colleges the two highest scores!
580 Evidence-Based Writing (Test 2) + 600 Math (Test 1) = 1180
Leave nothing blank! The SAT used to have a "guessing penalty" (which is why this question arises for every standardized test) but that was removed in 2016.
Right here! The best practice tests are the ones put out by The College Board since they write the test. It's as close to the real thing as you can get. Here are a bunch!
To Get Your Reading Score (200-800):
Count the number of correct answers on your Reading section. This is your Reading Raw Score (0-52). Then count the number correct on your Writing and Language section. That is your Writing and Language Raw Score (0-44) . Use the chart on page 7 of the PDF below to convert each raw score to a Test Score (10-40) for each section. Add the two test scores together, multiply that number by 10, and you have your official reading score (200-800).
To Get Your Math Score (200-800:
Count the number of correct answers on your no-calculator section. This is your No Calculator Raw Score (0-20). Count the number of correct answers on your calculator section. This is your Calculator Raw Score (0-38). Add these two numbers together to get a Raw Math Score (0-58). Use the chart on page 7 of the PDF below to convert this raw score to a Math Section Score (200-800).
Or ignore all of that and just follow the directions on this link:
Probably because of some heavy campaigning by the Ticonderoga pencil lobby.
Don't dabble and study for both. Figure out which test you prefer and put all of your effort into that one!
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