SAT

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About the test

This is a tough test that will keep you busy on a Saturday from 7:45 in the morning until 1:30 pm or so. With just three 5-minute breaks between its 10 section, SAT I is  a challenge in all respects. If you feel drained after a regular two-hour term paper in high school, imagine what you’ll feel like when taking the SAT.

Then why take the SAT? Because most undergraduate programs in the USA will request it for admissions purposes. More than 2 million American and international students take the test every year to demonstrate they are ready for  undergraduate study.

Not only that Romanian students take the SAT, but they also excel on it. And high scores on the test will increase your chances of admission and funding offered by the U.S. university.

SAT actually stands for two distinct tests: SAT I which is short for the SAT Reasoning Test,  and SAT II  which is the fond nickname of the SAT Subject Tests. What they have in common is that they are both administered in the paper and pencil format.

What will the SAT reveal to U.S. universities about you?

SAT I: The Reasoning Test

The official website www.collegeboard.org states that the SAT Reasoning Test measures the critical thinking skills required for academic success in college. You’ll certainly want to excell on the test and convey a powerful message to the admissions office, and then to the financial aid department.

Since many Romanian students score very high on the test, and some event get perfect scores, with adequate preparation you’ll certainly be able to ace the test. Enjoy the quick survey of the SAT Reasoning test below and become familiar with its sections:

  • Critical reading: includes sentence completion and passage-based questions;
  • Mathematics: gauges math abilities that typically develop during the first three years of high school: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. Although all of the math questions may be solved without a calculator, you may find a scientific or graphing calculator helpful in solving some of the questions;
  • Writing: includes multiple-choice questions and a essay writing.

Out of the 10 sections, only 9 will be scored. One of the sections, known as the variable section, will get no score. This unscored section could take any shape as it could  be either a critical reading, mathematics, or multiple-choice writing section. According to www.collegeboard.org, this unscored section will not count toward your final score, but will be used for research purposes when designing new questions for future editions of the SAT.

In terms of section sequencing, the SAT will always open with the essay close with the multiple-choice writing section, with the other sections displayed in any order. As such, test takers sharing a desk on test day may work on test books with entirely different sections.

Please remember that the test is slightly longer than 4 hours and that it is administered in the paper and pencil format. Each of the SAT sections is scored on a scale of 200-800; you will get a score for each section, only in the Writing section you will get two subscores, one for the multiple-choice questions and one for the essay.

Challenging as it, SAT I is still well loved by Romanian students. They tend to score very high and some get 800 points out of 800 in the Maths and even in the Reading Comprehension section. You have so much potential to succeed!

SAT II: Subject Tests

While SAT I is general and comprehensive in its approach, SAT II focuses on particular subjects: literature, world history, foreign languages, math, physics, biology, chemistry, etc.  The test will measure your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge.

Some U.S. colleges request one or more Subject Tests for admission purposes. Some others recommend  SAT II.  Contact EDMERICA for strategies to enhance your application and increase tyour admissions chances by means of the standardized tests.

All the Subject Tests are administered in the paper and pencil format. They are multiple-choice tests that take one hour to complete. You can take no more than three Subject Tests on a given test date. Please be aware that NOT ALL Subject Tests are available on every test date. Check the official website www.collegeboard.org for full information.

Each SAT II test is scored on a scale of 200-800.

Test administration in Romania

In Romania for academic year 2014-2015 the test is administered for the fees available on  www.collegeboard.org. Contact EDMERICA for details.

In addition to test administration, the test fee covers one score report for you, plus up to four official score reports that College Board will send directly to the institutions of your choice, provided you mention them in the test registration form when you register. For each institution you may select after the test, you will have to pay a fee per score report. Details available with EDMERICA.

The SAT is offered six times a year, in early October, November, December, January, May, and June. At each test administration you can take the SAT I or up to three SAT II subject tests. As you can notice, you cannot take the SAT I and II on the same day, so plan well and hone your time management skills.

SAT test centers in Romania are set up at various locations in Romania. Set up your  Collegeboard/SAT account and you will be able to check if you can take the test at a specific center on a certain date. Or you may like to get EDMERICA support.

According to the information on the official website www.collegeboard.org, in the academic year 2014-2015 the SAT is currently offered in Bucharest at 4 locations. Contact EDMERICA for comprehensive information.

Test Registration

Registration is flexible, convenient and painless if you choose to pay by card. Interesting tips available with EDMERICA. For a quick and successful registration follow the stepts below:

  • Go to section International Registrationto learn about dates and registration info. Sign in and create an account with your profile. Full guidance available with EDMERICA.
  • Test centers in Romania are listed on two pages so click the blue arrow button if you do not see the center you are looking for. You don’t need to panic or rush: College Board will hold the seat for about 20 minutes for you to finish registration.
  • At this point, you will be requested to upload a photo in order to secure the integrity of the test administration. See acceptable photo information on the website and choose the right photo to include. Your photo will be integrated in your Admission Ticket and will be available to the colleges that will receive your scores. Make sure you carefully preview the information on your ticket before confirming. Reservation is  complete only when you make the payment.
    You can print your Admission Ticket from your College Board account. Highly recommended.

What if a credit/debit card is not available? You can always pay by bank check and then  you will need to register by mail. Details when you contact EDMERICA.

  • Wise people choose to photocopy the registration form as well as the bank check and keep the copies for reference.
  • As a rule, information regarding the test date and center location approved will be mailed with your Admission Ticket which you should receive at least a week before the test date you registered for. If it’s a week to the test date and you still don’t have your Admission Ticket, you need to call College Board Customer Service in the United States, phone number on the official website.

Meet registration deadlines!

If you plan to register online or via mail, with the registration form sent directly to the College Board program in the USA, then regular deadlines apply to you. Which means that the registration needs to be in by the deadline.

Any solution if you have missed the registration deadline?
Sure, EDMERICA can help!

You cannot register by phone, fax, e-mail or in-person at the testing center on test day!

According to College Board instructions, unregistered individuals will not be admitted to the test center under any circumstances.

On the Test Day

If you are curious about the test day, you may like to watch this simulator:
http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-test-day-tips

However, all you need to know about test day procedures is available at:
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/test-day/expect

After the Test

Approximately three weeks after you take the test, your SAT scores will be released in a password-protected area of your SAT account called My Organizer. If your scores are not available, EDMERICA can guide you.

According to the information available on the official website, College Board mails the score report to you and to your designated institutions approximately 5 weeks after you take the test. What will your score report include? EDMERICA can help.

The test fee entitles you to one score report, plus up to four official score reports that College Board will send directly to the institutions you designated when you registered. For each institution you select after the test, you will have to pay a fee.

You can request additional scores online from your SAT account, by phone or by mail. For a fee. Further instructions on how to request additional score reports is available on the official website. Full details with EDMERICA.

The SAT scores are valid for 5 years.

Acing the Test through Practice

If you cannot visit our center to enjoy our test preparation resources, EDMERICA can suggest a number of  sites which offer SAT preparation, some free, some for a fee. To get you started on SAT preparation, enjoy the 4 links below and remeber EDMERICA has much more to offer.

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/
Free practice questions and full tests both for the SAT Reasoning and the Subject Tests on the official website.

http://www.petersons.com/college-search/free-sat-practice-test.aspx
Free full practice test.

http://www.proprofs.com/sat/
Offers study guides with practice and explanations. Two free full practice tests; a third test is available for active members on their forum.

http://www.testprepreview.com/sat_practice.htm
Free practice questions for self-assessment.