Standardized Tests - SAT

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test/ SAT-I) is a prerequisite Reasoning Test conducted for the admissions of undergraduate programs in United States. It is a 3 hour test that determines the proficiency of the students in verbal, mathematical and reasoning skills that are required to evaluate the skills needed to complete the academic study successfully. The test is administered several times a year (about 6 or 7 times a year). Many universities also require SAT-II test score along with the SAT-I score for admission. Every year around 2 million students take SAT. Many colleges and universities finds SAT as a more credible test for predicting the student's competence. The test scores are valid up to 5 years of the test date. SAT exam, tests your knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics

The general SAT test/exam which is usually referred to SAT I does not test logic or abstract reasoning. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in university and throughout your life. Typically, SAT reasoning test are categorized into three major sections, Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics, with a total of 10 sub-sections including a dummy section. These sections are discussed below:

Critical Reading
The Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section of the SAT is made up of three scored sections: two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, with varying types of questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages. Critical Reading sections normally begin with 5 to 8 sentence completion questions; the remainders of the questions are focused on the reading passages. Sentence completions generally test the student's vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure and organization by requiring the student to select one or two words that best complete a given sentence. The bulk of the Critical Reading section is made up of questions regarding reading passages, in which students read short excerpts on social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, or personal narratives and answer questions based on the passage. Certain sections contain passages asking the student to compare two related passages; generally, these consist of shorter reading passages. The number of questions about each passage is proportional to the length of the passage. Unlike in the Mathematics section, where questions go in the order of difficulty, questions in the Critical Reading section go in the order of the passage. Overall, question sets near the beginning of the section are easier, and question sets near the end of the section are harder.

Writing Section
The writing section of SAT is based on the old SAT-II subject test in writing. The total time limit of writing section is 60 minutes. It includes multiple choice questions and a brief essay. The essay score accounts to be around 30% of the writing score and the multiple choice component accounts to be around 70%. The multiple choice questions include, Error Identification, Sentence Improvement questions that tests for grammar knowledge and Paragraph Improvement questions that test for student's understanding of logical organization of ideas. The essay section is administered as the first part of the test, which has 25 minutes of time limit. They have to be written in response to the specified prompt, which are typically philosophical and are designed to be accessible to students despite of their educational and social backgrounds.

Mathematics Section

  • The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. A 25 minutes section – It contains 20 multiple choices (problem solving) questions to be completed in 25 minutes.
  • Another 25-minute section – It contains 8 multiple choices (problem solving) questions and 10 grid-in questions, within the time limit of 25 minutes.
  • A shorter section of 16 multiple choices (problem solving) questions to be completed in 20 minutes of time In addition there will be a dummy section formally called as Variable or Equation section with the time limitation of 20 minutes. However this section does not count towards the individual score and they cannot be recognized in the test so as to not skipping those questions. They are only used for the future edition of SAT.


Subject Tests mostly referred to as SAT II, this tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only international admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests as a prospective undergraduate. SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the University admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in University. SAT II is the subject test which is required by some specific schools, subjects includes major secondary school subjects. SAT 1 and SAT II are arranged and administered in Nigeria about six(6) - seven(7) times a year. You will need an international passport as a form of identifying document on the day of the exam At least six weeks of good preparation is required for the SAT examination.
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