The SAT is your key to the United States. Discover what it is and why it is important in the next article on our blog.
By reading this article you will get to know what the SAT is, what sections it is composed of, and what you should know about the new changes to the SAT in order to successfully complete this process that will open the doors to the American University System.
Surely many of you are thinking about studying in the United States. Well, if so, you are sure to know (and if not, that’s what we’re here for) that you have to take two exams that will let you access into the American university system: the SAT and the TOEFL.Today we want to talk a little more in depth about the first one.
Basically, the SAT is the exam that will allow you to access the American university system. It is the most recognized exam to gain admission to American universities, so you will have to become very familiar with it. The exam consists of only two sections: Reading/Writing and Math, which include reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics. Now, the million-dollar question among young students is how are they going to score my exam? Well, each of the two parts of the SAT are scored on a scale of 200 to 800 points, so 1600 is the highest score you can get.
You have 100 minutes to complete the first section of the exam and 80 on the second section, so you have 3 hours in total to take the exam. In order to successfully complete this exam, you will have to focus on the following aspects. On the first part you will have to focus a lot on the analysis of literature, social studies, and scientific texts, as well as the vocabulary part within a realistic context with sections for revision, editing, and text comprehension. The second part, mathematics, focuses a lot on algebra, equations, and interpretation of data through tables and graphs.
We should mention that the SAT has an optional part: the essay. The essay lasts 50 minutes and requires the student to analyze the arguments of an author. It is important that you do this part at least once.
Apart from this, wewould like to tell you that if you search online you will find information aboutthe exam, but since 2016 “The new SAT”, focused on a more practicalpart in each of the two sections and the use of vocabulary that you should findand use in university classes, has come into use. Here we summarize the sixmain points of this new SAT:
If you want to study at a university in the United States, you must pass the SAT exam, because practically all four-year universities require exams such as the SAT for admission. In addition to this exam, the most recognized by United States universities, the universities of a higher and more demanding ranking require an additional examination known as the Subject Test. So, know that if your desire is to enter a top university, you will have to really get to work.
The SAT is essentialto getting scholarships, since both the NCAA and NAIA, organizations thatregulate college sports in United States, have the SAT as one of the mostimportant requirements to be eligible.
In practically all US universities, the SAT is one of the most important requirements in the admission process. The truth is that the higher your score, the more chances you will have to be admitted in the United States.
If you do not play asport, your options for a getting scholarship are reduced to having a goodgrade point average in high school and a good score on admission tests. Becauseof this, obtaining a good result on the SAT exam opens the possibility toreceive academic scholarships from the universities that have that option.Scholarships can range from $5,000 to $50,000 a year depending, of course, on youroutcome and the university.
Getting admitted to atop university is no simple task. Their admission processes are more complexand have more requirements than other universities. That is why having a goodresult on the SAT and Subject Tests is essential to be able to have the chanceto be admitted by these universities.
In this case, depending on your grades in high school, you will need one result or another.Logically, the higher the average in high school, the less result you need on the SAT. The average grade in high school to be able to compete in NCAA DI is a2.3 (an average of 6 out of 10 in Spain).
In this case, you will have to get a 900 on the reading comprehension and writing and mathematics sections of the SAT. In August 2018 they will begin to request a minimum grade of 2.2 to compete.
Here you need a score 860 on the SAT, although we at Mooxye recommend that you try for a 940 and, as in NCAA DII, only the grades of the comprehension and of English sections are counted.
Universities usually ask for more than a 1050 on the SAT, although if you are looking to enter a top university, you might need more than a 1300. In order to get an academic scholarship, several factors influence the SAT, since the average high school diploma and other personal factors of the student are always taken int account.
In the SAT is one of your greatest allies. If you start to prepare well in advance, around the third year of high school, your opportunities to get a good grade on the exam will increase. With a good result, the NCAA and NAIA can give the green light to your admission process well in advance. In addition, you can take the exam yourself several times to get better marks and with organization, you can even take the Subject Test and the TOEFL.
If you were to take a test that you had never taken, you would choose to prepare with a team of professionals, right? In this case it is important that you surround yourself with people specialized in preparing the SAT, so the option to sign up for aSAT course is very attractive in these cases.
With motivation you can achieve many things, so in this case you have to be hypermotivated. You will have to put in many hours and do multiple practice tests. On the other hand, it’s all a matter of creating your own personalized plan. If you are an athlete, spend the time in those sections that require more work and create a plan based on the dates of the exams and the score you need to obtain in order to compete and receive sports scholarships. If you are not an athlete, you have to work very hard to get the highest grade, as that way you will get many more options and you can have academic scholarships.
You are millennial, so take advantage of it and find resources online, free or paid, to help you prepare for the SAT. On the internet there are many options, from e-learning courses, group classes, face-to-face, Skype, etc. The solutions are there, youj ust have to use them.
Linked to the use of these resources, you must surround yourself with specialists in the field who understand your specific needs, have experiences with other students and athletes, and, above all, are professionals who understand the importance that an exam like this has for you.
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