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The Complete SAT Prep Guide: From Registration to the Test Day

The Complete SAT Prep Guide: From Registration to the Test Day
Published On: 24-Jul-2023

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The SAT is a standardised test that college and university admissions officers use to assess students' readiness for higher education. The SAT is comprised of two main sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The test takes three hours to complete, and an additional 50 minutes if you choose to take the optional essay section.

Maths Section 

The Math section of the SAT is divided into two parts: a calculator-allowed section and a calculator-not-allowed section. The Math section tests students' knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and other Maths concepts. There are 58 questions in total, and students have 80 minutes to complete this section.

Reading and Writing Section

The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT test students' reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills. There are 96 questions in total, and students have 100 minutes to complete this section. The Reading section of the SAT test students' ability to understand and analyze written passages. The Writing and Language section tests students' knowledge of grammar and sentence structure.

The optional essay section of the SAT tests students' ability to analyse a written passage and write an essay in response. Students are given 50 minutes to complete this section.

The SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600, with 1600 being a perfect score. The Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections are each scored on a scale of 200-800. The essay section is scored separately, on a scale of 2-8.

The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States: in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. Students can take the SAT as many times as they like, but most colleges and universities will only consider a student's highest score.

SAT Preparation 

Preparing for the SAT can be challenging, but there are many resources available to help students succeed. There are numerous books, online courses, and tutoring services that can help students prepare for the test. Additionally, the College Board, which administers the SAT, offers many free resources, including practice tests and sample questions. Moreover Khan academy provides good resources for SAT preparation.

Universities that Demand SAT

Many universities in the United States require or recommend that students submit SAT scores as part of their application. Some of the most selective universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, require SAT scores. Other universities may have a test-optional policy, meaning that students are not required to submit SAT scores, but may choose to do so. It is important to research the specific requirements of each university to which you plan to apply. There are several universities in Pakistan that may require or recommend the SAT for international students or for specific programs. Some of these universities include:


  1. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

  2. Habib University, Karachi

  3. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

  4. Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi

  5. Lahore School of Economics (LSE)

It is important to check with each university for their specific admissions requirements, as they may change from year to year.


To register for the SAT, you can visit the College Board website and create an account. Once you have created an account, you can register for an upcoming test date and pay the registration fee. You can choose to take the test on a computer or on paper, and you can also choose to take the essay portion of the test. Make sure to register for the test well in advance of the test date to ensure that you have enough time to prepare.

In conclusion, the SAT is an important test that can have a significant impact on a student's college and university admissions process. Students should take the time to prepare for the test, and take advantage of the many resources available to them. With hard work and dedication, students can achieve their best possible score on the SAT, and increase their chances of being accepted to the college or university of their choice.


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