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SAT FAQ

1.  What is the SAT and where does it come from?
The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admission decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test which comes from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is paid by The College Board to create the test. Both groups are private companies.

2.  Why did the SAT change in 2016?
According to the College Board, the SAT was revised to better focus on testing the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success.

3.  What is on the SAT?
The SAT exam is divided into two types, SAT Reasoning Test  (SAT 1) and SATSubject Tests (SAT 2).

There are two SAT 1 sections:
·  Math
·  Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
The SAT also includes an optional Essay section. SAT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores. Some colleges may require that you complete the SAT Essay. You can confirm each college’s admissions policies on the school website.

SAT 2 contains separately several subject tests as math, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, literature and several languages

4.  When should I take the SAT?
The SAT exam is offered nationally every year in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. 

5.  How long is the SAT?
The SAT is 3 hours long. If you choose to take The SAT with Essay, the test will be 3 hours and 50 minutes. For detailed information you can visit SAT Exam page.

6.  How is the SAT scored?
The SAT score is based out of 1600 points-800 points for the Math section and 800 points for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The optional essay will receive a separate score. For detailed information you can visit Calculate SAT Score page.

7.  How Important Are SAT Scores?
The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school. Colleges and universities also consider high school grade point average and academic transcript, letters of recommendation, interviews, and personal essays when deciding on admissions. For more specific information about the weight of your scores, contact the admissions offices of the schools to which you will apply or you can consult with  The Princeton Review Azerbaijan

8.  Will wrong answers lower the SAT scores?
No, students will simply get points for the questions they answer correctly.

9.  How long does it take to get my scores back?
The scores are usually mailed out 4-6 weeks after you take the test. You may also look up your scores online through the College Board website two weeks after your exam at www.collegeboard.org

10.  How many times can the SAT be retaken?
The SAT can be taken an unlimited number of times.

11.  When should I take the SAT?
You should take the SAT when you feel prepared and have taken enough practice tests tofeel ready. Students typically take the test during the their  junior year in high school or during the first part of their senior year.

12.  Do I really need test prep?
ABSOLUTELY! Especially if you have not been taught in the US or don’t have the same experience of taking standardized tests as US educated students. The good news is that at The Princeton Review Azerbaijan we are specially gifted at helping international students prepare for these exams.

13.  How long do I need for test prep?
First, decide which standardized tests you are taking and when. Allow a minimum of three months prep time prior to the test date. Do not wait until last minute.

14.  Why should I prepare for the SAT at the Princeton Review of Azerbaijan?
If you want a 1400 or higher on your SATs and have the budget to pay for the classes, The Princeton Review Azerbaijan is a great option. It is known for its high-level test prep for students and its method to prioritize the most important parts of the SAT and teach them to you in the most efficient way. So you are not wasting your time learning unnecessary facts. With the Princeton Review SAT prep courses you get access to all on-demand videos, practice tests, and resources the moment you register for the course.

15.  I am a parent- so how can I follow my child’s progress?
You can view your child’s progress by using the tools we make available to teachers, you can then follow along with their practice and access related helpful content.


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