If you are a high school student who wants to enter into an American University, you may already know a little about it! The SAT is the primary score that universities analyze in addition to GPA and a few other key factors. This is particularly important for international students to consider as it is a key indicator of comparison for universities. Why, you may ask? Universities continually receive files from a global student population, and often the classes or grading systems are very different. Universities may find this score more straightforward than differing curriculum or grading systems which are not as clear, and this score can be the competitive edge when only a few student spots are left.
What is the SAT exam?
Now, as many have discovered, the SAT is not a paperbased test where you can just memorize facts, but involves critical thinking and concentration. Its length of almost 4 hours also makes it a bit more challenging than other tests.
Broken into three primary sections Essay & Verbal Reasoning, Reading, and Math 2400 is the maximum points possible, with each section worth 800 possible points. Average scores for students vary, but the competition for scores of 2000 and above is increasing as schools become more and more selective. This test is not a test one can just turn up for, but requires guidance, preparation, and practice!
Each section is worth between 200 and 800 points, with 0.25 deducted for
each incorrect answer and zero points deducted for no answer at all. This type
of scoring system is set up to dissuade students from guessing and is
exceptionally important in the writing section, which has fewer questions than
the critical reading or mathematics category. The average score for each
section varies, and it is most important to understand that the difference
between achieving a 600 and 700+ in any section of the test is actually quite
more challenging than one might think. This is why it is important to start
studying early to achieve a target goal of 2000 or above a must for the top
universities.
Critical Reading

 70 minutes Total
 3 Critical Reading Sections
 (20 minute section) + (Two 25 minute sections)
 Sentence Completion
 Short & Long Passages (60850 words)
 Maximum Score is 800

Math

 70 minutes Total
 3 Math Sections
 (20 minute section) + (Two 25 minute sections)
 Includes Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probabilities
 Maximum Score is 800

Writing

 60 minutes Total
 3 Sections
 Verbal Reasoning 2 sections
 (25 minutes + 10 minutes)
 Essay (25 minutes)Always 1st section in test
 Includes questions on: grammar, structure, word usage
 Maximum Score for Full section is 800

Total

 3 hours and 45 minutes
 10 Sections
 3 breaks are given during the exam
 Maximum Score is 2400
