How to prepare for the SAT in 2024?

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SAT- Scholastic Assessment Test


The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test used to assess the college preparedness of high school students in the United States and around the world. SAT is designed to figure out an individual's aptitude or ability in various areas such as intellectual skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and subject-specific knowledge SAT and to provide colleges and universities with an ultimate measure of applicants' academic abilities.

The SAT is managed in Pakistan by the College Board, and it is available in various cities, including Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. Students in Pakistan can register for the SAT online through the official College Board website and choose a test center of their choice.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is for admissions to SAT Associated Universities. The candidates will appear in a single test only and will stand eligible for admission to all SAT-associated universities in the respective subject group.


Why SAT is important for students seeking admission to Universities?


Many universities and higher education institutions in Pakistan and around the world accept SAT scores as part of their admissions process, and some may require potential students to take the SAT. Taking the SAT can help students show their academic abilities and increase their chances of admission to their desired college or university. These scores serve as an objective measure of a student's preparedness for higher education. Students who perform well on the SAT can increase their chances of achieving admission to renowned institutions and programs.


What is the minimum score for qualifying SAT and does that guarantee admission in any university?


The SAT exam is divided into two big parts —Reading and Writing and Mathematics. For both parts, you can get one mark for each correct answer. Each of the two sections is marked from 200 to 800, making the total marks for both sections range between 400 and 1600. This means that 1600 is the highest score you can get on the SAT. 

Your target score should also take into account the schools that you’re interested in applying for. You should be within their middle 50% if possible. The middle 50% describes the score range of the 25th-75th percentile of applicants. So if a school’s middle 50% is 1050-1200, then 25% of applicants scored below 1050, 50% scored between 1050 and 1200, and the top 25% scored above 1200.


What is the validity period of the SAT?


SAT scores are valid for almost forever as they never expire. However, some colleges have policies limiting score validity time to 1-5 years. Most selective schools often prefer scores from the past 1-2 years, while less selective colleges may accept 5-year-old scores.


Can an applicant take the SAT more than once?


Yes, the candidates who are aiming to improve their previous SAT score can also apply for the test again. This ensures an increase in their criteria. In this way, they get more chance to apply for the trending field. 


What is the format of NAT?


The SAT candidates in English and Mathematics, each of which is split into 2 sub-sections for a total of 4:

1. English - Reading

2. English - Writing and Language

3. Math - with calculator

4. Math - without a calculator


  1. - Comprehension: 5 passages or pairs of passages for reading
  2. - 52 MCQs based on the passages
  3. - 65 minutes long

Writing and language

  1. - Grammar and vocabulary
  2. - 44 MCQs
  3. - 35 minutes long

Math- with calculator

  1. - Algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  2. - 20 MCQs 
  3. - 25 minutes long

Math-without calculator

  1. - Algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  2. - 38 MCQs
  3. - 55 minutes long


Which universities accept the SAT?


Here is the list of some universities in Pakistan that accept the SAT.  

  • FAST
  • NUST
  • LUMS
  • IBA 
  • GIKI


How can I register for SAT?


Registrations for the SAT are accepted online by the College Board. To register, simply visit the College Board website and create an account.  You will have to provide your name and other information. Make sure it’s the same name and information shown on your IDs. Fill out all required fields and complete any optional ones you’d like to. Determine the most suitable test center and testing dates for you and select accordingly. Upload a photo that meets the College Board’s photo requirements. Enter credit/debit card details for payment of the SAT registration fee. Check out, and print your admission challan.


When should I take the SAT?


If you are willing to have higher qualifications after 12 years of education then you should take the SAT just after you take the final exams for intermediate. The test result will remain valid for almost forever for admissions. Early taking of the SAT enables you to apply to more institutions and choose the best one. You can take the test just before the college applications are opened. 


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Badar Munir


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