ABOUT SAT EXAM
- 5 Full-Length Mock Test
- 60+ Topic-wise Tests
- 10+ Sectional Tests
College Board, an American not-for-profit organization is the owner and administrator of the SAT exam.
In India, nearly 35 universities accept the SAT score for admissions and the list is growing. Now, students can take one test, SAT, in place of many entrance tests and can apply to many universities in India and worldwide. India Global Higher Education Alliance founded by College Board is in partnership with Indian universities to simplify the admission process for Indian students. They also offer SAT fee waivers` and scholarship programs for Indian students.
The SAT is a standardized test that measures the mathematical, reading, and writing skills of students aspiring to undergo their undergraduate studies in India and abroad. The test has 4 sections – Reading, Writing & Language, Math–No calculator, and Math-Calculator. It also has an additional optional Essay section. The test intends to aid universities in assessing the potential of applicants for higher education. That is why more than 4000 colleges in the US, India, and 84 other countries accept SAT scores for admission to their programs. The examination is entirely paper-based and scored on a scale from 400 to 1600. However, the SAT® score alone does not guarantee a student’s admission – the test is but one of the many factors taken into consideration during the holistic review of an applicant’s profile
SAT Exam Structure:
||52 multiple-choice questions
||200 to 800
|SAT Writing & Language
||44 multiple-choice questions
|No Calculator – SAT Math
||20 (15 multiple choices and 5 student response questions)
||200 to 800
|Yes Calculator – SAT Math
||38 (30 multiple choices and 8 student response questions)
SAT exam is more than 4 hours long including the breaks. The composite score for the SAT exam ranges from 400 to 1600 which is the sum of SAT Evidence-based SAT Reading, SAT Writing, and SAT Math section scores.
Students can prepare for the SAT exam in two ways: self-study and coaching classes. Both options have distinct advantages, and they are equally good in terms of quantitative advantages. Because the SAT structure s been totally redesigned and is now referred to as the Redesigned SAT or the New SAT, you will need to purchase SAT books designed for the new SAT structure.
Time management skills and English speaking skills are required for SAT preparation.
For SAT preparation study books and newspaper articles on a regular basis.
Do practice test papers as informed in the planner. SAT exam study plans vary depending on students strengths and weaknesses.
We help you solve SAT previous year papers, in addition to coaching, will help re-takers strengthen their weak areas.
SAT preparation study materials, based on lot of brain storming done by our expert faculties. They are based on College board guidelines and previous year papers. We ensures you total satisfaction with the SAT preparation to achieve the target score.
SAT to ACT Bridge Course
Studentsfirst SAT to ACT Bridge course is for students who have prepared for the SAT but want to move to ACT. This course is an abridged version of the ACT that focuses on the ACT topics or sections which are not covered in your SAT preparation. The program ensures your practice for the sections which are similar in the two tests. The preparation you have made for the SAT, the techniques and strategies you learned for the SAT will be useful for the ACT preparation. The course structure is designed in such a way that it prepares you for all the concepts tested in the ACT in a shorter duration.
So, if you have not been able to give the SAT test or think ACT is a better choice or your score has not improved in SAT even after multiple attempts, SAT – ACT Bridge course is the right choice for you to prepare for the ACT and achieve your study abroad dream.
This course is a complete course with essential ACT study materials, tutoring from SAT ACT certified trainers, an Ultimate student portal, a structured content schedule, full-length practice tests that simulate the official test, unlimited support to achieve your target score, more and more.
SAT to ACT Bridge Course (Batch) Offerings:
|20 hours of live online instructor-led sessions
||Course workbook for the ACT
- 11 full-length practice tests including 9 computer-based practice tests which simulate the official test
- 8 Single section test
- Interactive score reports
- Answers with explanation for all the questions
|Parent connect to discuss the student’s progress
|5 hours of refresher sessions to recap the techniques and concepts before your actual test.
||1471 Practice questions for the ACT
- 140 + video-based interactive lessons
- 1200+ practice questions
- Recommendation engine for further practice
|Unique Satisfaction Guarantee
|Unlimited extra help
||6 months access to Ultimate ACT Student portal
- Essay grading
- Unlimited access to ACT Advantage Live online sessions
- Progress tracking – anytime, anywhere
|12 months course validity
ACT computer-based online practice tests which simulate the official test
Practice to Perfection
Ample Materials to Practice
Small Batch Size
Focused Individual Attention
- Focuses on the ACT topics or sections that are not covered in the SAT preparation
- Usage of techniques and strategies learned/98 in the SAT preparation to ace the ACT
- Course structure covers all the topics tested in the ACT in a shorter duration
What is ACT?
The ACT is a standardized test that assesses your college readiness and considers your scores during the admissions process. This is one of the aspects of measuring your eligibility to get admission into a college or university. The ACT test has five sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and the optional Writing (essay) section.
The ACT is managed by ACT, Incorporated. American College Testing is the full form of the ACT. It is a standardized test that students seeking admission to undergraduate programs in the USA and Canada must take. The ACT exam was created to assess candidates’ written, mathematical, verbal, and scientific abilities.
Quick facts about the ACT
- All colleges treat SAT and ACT at par (with a few rare exceptions) for undergrad college admissions
- From September 2018, ACT has become a computer-based test for the outside US
- Official website for ACT test registration is https://www.act.org/
- Fees for test registration is With Writing – USD 166.50 and Without Writing USD 150
- ACT is conducted 7 times a year: February, April, June, July, August, September, October
- The test is of 2 hrs 55 minutes duration without essay and 3 hrs 35 minutes with essay
- The English test has 75 questions with a duration of 45 minutes
- The Math test has 60 questions with a duration of 60 minutes
- The Reading test has 40 questions with a duration of 35 minutes
- The Science test has 40 questions with a duration of 35 minutes
- The Writing (optional) test has 1 question and is of 40 minutes
- English, Math, Reading and Science tests are scored in a scale of 1 to 36 and the composite ACT score is the average of these four tests.
Officially, ACT has not established any specific requirements for taking the ACT exam. As a result, the ACT has no age or grade requirements for taking the exam. This exam is mostly taken by high school students.
International students who wish to take the ACT must register for the exam online exclusive. Online Registration
- Create an account on the official ACT website.
- Choose a test day and location that is convenient for you.
- Create your profile, fill out the application request, upload the needed papers, and confirm your registration.
- To finish your registration, pay the exam fee. You can pay the cost with a debit or credit card, or you can pay online.
- Registration deadlines are normally three to four weeks before the test date.
ACT Exam Pattern
The ACT exam is divided into four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is an optional section called the Writing section, which includes one 30–40-minute writing prompt that defines a problem, as well as two points of view on that problem. Students are not scored on this section.
Know more about the ACT exam pattern.
ACT Exam Dates
|ACT Test Dates in India – 2021
||Late Registration Deadline
|16 & 17 Apr’21
|11 & 12 Jun’21
|16 & 17 Jul’21
Which exam, the ACT or the SAT, is better suited to Indian students desirous of studying abroad, especially in the US?
Neither test is ‘easier than the other! Some students land up with substantially higher scores on the SAT; others do better on the ACT. At Studentsfirst, we believe that just knowing the differences between the two tests is not enough to figure out which test to take. A student’s strengths and challenges in specific content areas are more relevant factors to determine which test is better suited for him.
A few key differences between the ACT and the SAT
Format and Frequency
– A key difference between the ACT and the SAT is that for students outside North America, the ACT is now an online, computer-based test. The SAT remains a pencil-and-paper test.
In India, the SAT is held on only four days in a year; the ACT is held in 6 testing windows, of two days each, with two testing sessions on each day.
Vocabulary – Vocabulary – Although on the New SAT there aren’t any Sentence Completion questions anymore and consequently students do not have to memorize the meanings of a large number of obscure or esoteric words, effective SAT preparation still requires a good vocabulary. The ACT is still less vocab-intensive than the new SAT. However, students cannot base their decision only on this one aspect.
Math – With the advent of the new SAT, even SAT now contains additional math concepts such as Trigonometry and Complex Numbers. The ACT tests concepts such as Matrices and Logarithms in addition to Trigonometry and Complex Numbers. All other math topics are almost the same – Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry. However, the ACT Math questions are more straightforward. The SAT questions, on the other hand, are often trickier and wordier and require more careful reading.
Science -– The ACT has a ‘science’ test but the SAT does not. Before jumping to a conclusion, students need to know that the ACT does not test any scientific formulae or theories. The Science Test, in fact, tests a student’s reading and reasoning skills based on a given set of facts. If reading science passages really stresses a student, the SAT might be a better fit although there will be some science-related content interspersed throughout the New SAT too.
Essay – Although the Essay is optional both on the ACT and the SAT, the two essay tasks are quite different. On the ACT, the task is to present one’s own views on a topic (of about 100 words) in the context of three perspectives given in the prompt. On the SAT, the task is to analyze a speech or a written piece (of about 500-700 words) from the points of usage of evidence and rhetoric.
Which other countries accept the scores of these tests?
Whether a particular country accepts both SAT and ACT scores depends on the program, specialization, and university and cannot be generalized in all cases (except in the case of the US). Undergraduate applicants must make it a point to thoroughly peruse a particular university’s requirements to find out whether both the tests are accepted or only SAT or ACT scores are accepted. For instance, the University of Oxford accepts both ACT and SAT scores, while NUS Singapore requires SAT and SAT Subject test scores from candidates who have studied Class XII from a Board other than CBSE and ICSE.
Do colleges and universities abroad give equal importance to the ACT and the SAT?
Since 2007, all 4-year colleges in the US accept either ACT or SAT scores, and no college in the US declares a preference for either test. For the last three years, the number of ACT test-takers has surpassed the number of SAT test-takers. Applicants should attempt the test on which they are confident of performing better.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of these two tests, especially for Indian students?
The obvious advantage of taking either test is that students can apply to undergraduate schools abroad and widen their undergrad education opportunities. There is no real disadvantage in taking either test. The important consideration here is to assess which test is the student more likely to score better on. If a student is not comfortable with either the test format or content of the ACT or SAT, then this will certainly become a disadvantage for him. Studentsfirst recommends that students evaluate some test format differences that can impact their scores.
The SAT has 4 answer choices per question but students get more time overall to attempt the test, while the ACT has 4 answer choices in sections other than Math ( Math questions have 5 answer choices), but less overall time per question. On the SAT students have more time per question, but harder SAT questions may need more time to read, understand, and solve questions.
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