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What is the SAT I?

The SAT I is a standardized examination designed to measure students’ abilities in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning. Many American colleges and universities consider SAT scores an important factor in judging the quality of applicants.

American schools value the SAT because it provides a level playing field for applicants to demonstrate their abilities. Since grading standards vary from one school to another, one student with a 4.0 GPA may not necessarily match another student with the same GPA. Thus, many schools rely on the SAT as a fair metric by which to judge a student’s abilities against another's. As a result of the intensely competitive nature of the application process for the best schools, an impressive SAT score is all the more desirable because a superior test score could potentially provide an applicant with that extra edge needed to succeed.

Any student seriously considering any of the most prestigious universities in the United States must recognize the SAT as an important element of the application process. A less-than-outstanding SAT score will not necessarily nullify an applicant’s chances of acceptance, since other factors including GPA, extracurricular activities, and application essays are also considered; however, an outstanding score certainly helps.

For two of the three areas (Reading and Writing, and Math) tested by the SAT, a scaled area score (ranging from 200 to 800) is determined, giving a maximum possible total score of 1600. The essay score is reported separately, with three subscores in reading, analysis, and writing ranging from 1-4 for a total out of 12.

In March 2016, the format of the SAT will change significantly. The test has been simplified: instead of nine subsections with twenty or twenty-five minutes each, the SAT is now composed of four longer sections plus the optional essay. The emphasis on general reasoning and abstract knowledge and application has been replaced with an emphasis on applied reasoning and analysis of provided evidence.

The good news is that the changes made to the SAT in March 2016 have made significant improvement a more achievable goal. Armed with serious diligence and commitment, you have a greater chance than ever before to do well on the SAT, and we at Ivy Global are prepared to equip you with the skills and strategies needed to maximize your results. Ivy Global offers both SAT preparation classes and SAT tutoring.


What is the format of the SAT?

The SAT is 3 hours and 50 minutes long (including the optional essay):

100-minute Evidenced-based Reading and Writing section

  • Reading Test (65 minutes, 52 questions)
  • Writing and Language Test (35 minutes, 44 questions)

  • 80-minute Math section

  • Calculator allowed section (55 minutes, 37 questions)
  • No-calculator allowed section (25 minutes, 20 questions)

  • Optional Essay-writing section (50 minutes)

    When can I take the exam?

    The SATs may be taken by students in Canada in January, May, June, October, November or December. See SAT Test Schedule.


    How do I register?

    Register at the College Board website.


    Do you offer SAT preparation?

    We offer both SAT private tutoring and SAT preparation classes at our Toronto.


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