# SAT®

## How to Prepare for SAT®

#### What is a good SAT® Score?

There is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” score, since there are many factors apart from your SAT® score that universities consider. Students with an average score might still make it to a good university because ofa stellar academic and extra-curricular profile. We recommend that you aim for a 1400+ score out of 1600 on the New SAT® format, so that your performance in the “SAT® score criteria” in the admission process remains strong.

#### So how do I get a 1400+ score on the NewSAT®?

Simple. The NewSAT® has a set of well defined topics and a set of select question types. A combination of this covers the entire spectrum of questions that can come in the SAT®. Mastering this typically takes 2-3 months of effort. You need to:

• Create a concrete study plan and stick to it
• Take periodic tests to review your progress

#### New SAT® Syllabus

Compared to earlier, the New SAT® has become even more predictable. Not only has the College Board published the subject topics, they have even given a percentage-wise breakup of the broad topics in the test. Here is an overview of the topics and their weight in the test:

New SAT® Math

The New SAT® Math section comprises of two tests:

 SAT® Math # of Questions Duration Calculator Portion 38 Questions 55 mins No-Calculator Portions 20 Questions 25 mins

The New SAT® Math Syllabus consists of the following:

 Topics # of Questions %age of Questions Heart of Algebra 19 Questions 33% Linear Equations Inequalities & Absolute Value Linear functions and Graphs;Relations Problem Solving & Data Analysis 17 Questions 29% Number Properties : Integers, Fractions , Decimals, GCD,LCM and Divisibility Unit & percentages;  Ratio & proportion; Rate: Speed Distance and Work Interpretation of Data - graphs, tables & scatterplots Statistics (Mean, Mode, Median, SD, Dispersion, Confidence Level) & Sequences Probability, Permutation & Combination Passport to Advanced Math 16 Questions 28% Equations & Functions - Polynomials, Dividing polynomials by linear Expressions Quadratic Functions & Equations : System of equations Exponential Functions, Equations & Radical Expressions AND non-linear graphs Additional Topics in Maths 6 Questions 10% Geometry (Lines, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles,  other polygons) Solid Geometry (Area , Surface area & Volume) Trignometry & Radians ; Complex Numbers

New SAT® Evidence Based Reading & Writing

The SAT® Evidence Based Reading & Writing section comprises two tests – SAT® Reading Test and SAT® Writing and Language Test.

 SAT® Evidence Based Reading & Writing # of Questions Duration SAT® Reading Test 5 passages: 52 Questions 65 Minutes SAT® Writing & Language Test 4 passages: 44 Questions 35 Mins

The test comprises a series of passages and associated multiple-choice questions.To answer the questions, students must refer to what the passages say explicitly and use careful reasoning to draw supportable inferences from the passages.

You will encounter 4 single passages and 1 paired passage: 500–750 words per passage or paired set. Here is a breakup of SAT® Reading Test passages:

 Passage Content Questions %age U.S. and World Literature 1 passage; 10 questions 20% History/Social Studies 2 passages, or 1 passage and 1 pair; 10– 11 questions each 40% Science 2 passages, or 1 passage and 1 pair;10 –11 questions each 40%

SAT® Writing & Language Test

This test evaluates your proficiency in revising and editing passage content, both academic and career related - for development, organization, effective language use and for conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English grammar, usage, and punctuation.

You will encounter 4 passages: 400–450 words per passage. Here is the breakup of SAT® Reading Test passages:

 Passage Content Questions %age Careers 1 passage; 11 questions 25% History/Social Studies 2 passage; 11 questions 25% Science 3 passage; 11 questions 25% Humanities 4 passage; 11 questions 25%

New SAT® Essay

The New SAT® Essay tests your reading, analysis, and writing skills – it contains a passage that you have to analyze. You are supposed to: