The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
The SAT exam is formatted to test a student's logical reasoning. The test initially focused on reading comprehension, vocabulary, trigonometry, geometry, algebra, and basic arithmetic problems, and scores were out of 1600. Now, the score has an additional writing section, which some colleges may use as part of their writing assessment of individual students. Additionally, some major changes have been conducted to later sections such as arithmetic to improve cross-cultural related questions; for instance, "rabbit's foot" is a coined term that may not be recognized by the diverse population of students who choose to take the test. (Please note that most standardized tests are said to never be identical to one another, meaning every given test at a given schedule is unique to that specific date. For instance, fall's SAT questions are not as same as spring's SAT questions.)
The SAT has a devastating rule that penalizes for wrong answers. The test's ideal is that a student takes time to work out problems instead of guessing. A blank answer is not penalized and students are encouraged to leave answers blank instead of guessing. A wrong answer has a penalty point of -1/4, so, if you missed four questions, then you could lose an entire point! There are three main sections to the test: math, verbal, and writing. More information on test format and schedules are available on CollegeBoard.com.
You have to register for the SAT through CollegeBoard.com or through a school counselor if he or she is able. The current fee for the SAT is $45, which includes the new writing requirement section of the test. There are SAT subject tests as well if you feel like taking them.The subject tests can be used to replace certain required courses in college but generally are not given credit for and course requirements in college are dramatically different for each college. Most liberal arts institutions accept these tests but prefer the Advanced Placement tests or APs over these subject tests.