It’s a multiple-choice test allowing admission officers to make a decision if you’re the right applicant to become their student.
Invented by Carl Brigham in 1923, the SAT is owned and developed by College Board.
Here are 5 tips for writing a killer SAT essay, should you decide to add on that section: The thing to remember here is that ETS (the company that writes the test) is not asking you for your opinion on a topic or a text. Unfortunately, this is one occasion where your skill with a pencil matters. If they cannot decipher your script, they will lower your score. Remember the basic essay structure you learned in school: introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion? Your introduction should describe the text and paraphrase the argument being made, as well as introduce the specific elements of the passage and argument that you will discuss in the essay.
So be sure to maintain formal style and an objective tone. Your conclusion should restate the goal of the passage/argument and sum up the points you made. When describing how the author builds his or her argument, “appeal to the emotions” is fine instead of specifically referencing “pathos.” And “comparison of two things” can be used instead of referring to a metaphor.
The SAT essay is optional and costs an additional fee of $17.00.
Currently, only 25 colleges and universities require the SAT essay.
For example, if you score in the 72nd percentile, you did better than 72% of test takers.
Here's what you need to know: you'll be asked to read a text (typically a speech or editorial of some sort) and discuss how the author effectively builds an argument.
The SAT is based on a 1600-point scale, with 2 sections—Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing—scored between 200 and 800.
There is no penalty for wrong answers, so your raw score is the sum of the number of questions you answer correctly.