How to prepare for SAT
If you’re one of those students who wishes to study in USA or Canada then probably you have been told to get your SATs done. SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test, it is most commonly used by universities to select students for admissions to undergraduate courses. A good SAT score is very important; however, it is not the only criteria required, other aspects such as your GPA, academic transcript, letter of recommendation (LoR), interviews and personal essays all play a vital role in getting the admission.
SAT is offered 6 times internationally (in October, November, December, January, May, and June). It is always better to take the earliest one, that way you will get a chance to assess the situation and retake the exam if needed.
The basic fee for the exam is $52, but it varies based on the country of the applicant. For Indian applicants, the fee for SAT comes out to be $106 (with written essay), or $94 (without essay).
In Indian Rupees, the SAT exam fee is around 6200-7000 INR.
When it comes to preparing for the SATs there is no fixed plan and it varies from one individual to another. However, every student must spend at least couple of months to prepare for the SATs. If you are not clear where to begin you can always start off by looking at the Official SAT study guide, it provides a clear and in-depth information about the exams. This will help student know what they can expect from the SATs and based on that they can start the preparation.
Along with this there are many websites which offer practice tests, these tests can be very useful as they are designed using previous exam papers and provide scores at the end of the practice tests which helps candidates to know where they stand and what areas they need to improve.
Find Test centres in your city:
It is important to know where the test centres are and what dates are available. This will help in the preparation process as you can make the necessary arrangements for travel and stay. Visit (zoom abroad link) to know if there is a centre in your city and if you can find the dates that will suit your needs.
We recommend you follow these steps.
- 1. Take the SAT practice test at the beginning of the eleventh class to get a starting score.
- 2. Figure out target SAT score based on the average SAT score at the most competitive school on the list of shortlisted colleges.
- 3. Start studying either during eleventh class or beginning of twelfth class. The intensity of your studies will vary by what kind of colleges you want to get into, starting score.
- 4. Take SAT in Sept-Oct this will make sure that you have enough time for admissions process.