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Get Into College .... About the SAT

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The Princeton Review is committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information on all our preparation exams. We have thoroughly researched the SAT and have presented this webpage as a means for you to dispel any myths related to the test.

The SAT is the test used by most American colleges and Universities, and top Thai Universities, to help decide whether to admit students or not (along with GPA, transcript, recommendations, etc.). Not all schools require the SAT (or ACT), but the great majority do.  The SAT tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics.

The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom—including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges.

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We explain concepts tested on the exams and teach proven test-taking techniques. All lessons are focused on beating the SAT.

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We spend millions of dollars studying the SAT, developing SAT materials and training teachers to teach the test. We know what we're doing. Some would even say we're "SAT Nerds," although we prefer the term "SAT Experts."

What is on the SAT?

Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice questions and the essay. The SAT is offered in Thailand 6 times a year, lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes, and has 3 sections (math, reading, writing).  It costs 45 USD for the test and 26 USD for international processing fees.

A good SAT score is whatever you need to be competitive in the eyes of your target schools. 

SAT Question Types

The SAT lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes and tests your critical thinking skills, as well as your ability to analyze and solve problems in math, critical reading, and writing.



Question Types

Critical Reading

Two 25 Minute Sections
One 20 Minute Section

19 Sentence Completions
48 Reading Comprehension


Two 25 Minute Sections
One 10 Minute Section

44 Multiple-Choice
10 Grid-Ins


One 25-Minute Section
One 10-Minute Section
One 25-Minute Essay

18 Identifying Sentence Errors
25 Improving Sentences
6 Improving Paragraphs


One 25-Minute Section

Can be Critical Reading, Math, or Writing. Does not count towards your score

Test Order

The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay, and the last section is always a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections. Sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections. Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (mathematics, critical reading, and writing).

Generally, you should take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year. This allows you enough time to re-take the test during the fall of your senior year if you're not satisfied with your score.

The Unscored Section

In addition to the nine scored sections of the SAT, there is one 25-minute section that is used to ensure that the SAT continues to be a fair and valid test. Don't be worried: the section does not count towards your score. It may be a critical reading, mathematics, or writing multiple-choice section.

It is common test development to use an unscored section to try out new questions for future editions of the test. It also ensures that scores on new editions of the SAT are comparable to scores on earlier editions of the test. This helps to ensure the fairness of the SAT, which is one of our primary objectives.

How to Register

SAT registration deadline is approximately 5 weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program. You can get a free copy of this publication from your school's guidance counselor. Or you can call ETS at 001-609-771-7600 and they'll send you one free of charge. You can also register online at www.collegeboard.com .

When to Register

The SAT is offered in January, May, June, October, November and December. It is advisable to register at least 5 weeks before the test date to ensure placement.

Questions About the SAT

SAT Myths that you totally believe are true:

The SAT is a test of intelligence and my scores are a good indication of how I will do in college.

FACT: Your SAT scores reflect how good you are at taking the SAT (as well as how much time you spent preparing)–and that's about it. Nevertheless, admissions officers continue to place great weight on this test. So it's important to do well.

The SAT tests complex math concepts.

FACT: SAT math can seem challenging because of the way the concepts are tested, not because of the concepts themselves. The math sections include concepts you learned in the seventh or eighth grade, like arithmetic, basic geometry, basic algebra and algebra II. You won't see any calculus or trigonometry on the SAT.

You can't really improve your Critical Reading score.

FACT: You can improve your Critical Reading score by expanding your vocabulary. Reading comprehension and sentence completions all rely upon your understanding of the words in the questions and answer choices. So read books, newspapers and anything else you can get your hands on, and check out our SAT prep for additional vocabulary-building tools.

It's better to leave a question blank than to guess.

FACT: Not necessarily. You receive one point for every correct answer, zero points for every question you leave unanswered and minus one-quarter of a point for every incorrect answer. If you can eliminate even one of the answer choices, guess! From a purely statistical standpoint, this approach will gain you more points over the whole test than you'll get by playing it safe and leaving the questions blank.

The SAT is easiest in May and hardest in November.

FACT: All SAT tests are weighted the same. In addition, student scores are put up against a years worth of test-takers, not one particular test. All questions and tests are vetted to be indicative of a students' ability. ETS does not make some tests easier than other tests.

It is best to student for a short time before the test.

FACT: You should student as much as you need to get the score you want. Princeton Review Thailand recommends up to 40 hours of classroom time or 25 hours of private tutoring.


Can I Cancel My Scores?

Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center, or you can think about it for a day or two before mailing it to ETS. However, ETS must receive your request form no later than the Wednesday after the test.

How Important Are SAT Scores?

The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school. Colleges and universities also consider high school grade point average and academic transcript, letters of recommendation, interviews, and personal essays when deciding on admissions. In addition, virtually all U.S. colleges and universities will accept ACT scores in lieu of SAT scores. For more specific information about the weight of your scores, contact the admissions offices of the schools to which you will apply.

Where Does The SAT Come From?

…from a dark and cold place. Not really. It comes from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is paid by The College Board to create the test. Both groups are private companies.

When Should I Start Prepping?

Give yourself 5 to 12 weeks to prepare for the SAT. If you prep with us during the summer, we'll give you a free full-length practice test and wrap-up course session right before your test in the fall.

How Do I Register For The SAT?

SAT registration deadline is approximately 5 weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program. You can get a free copy of this publication from your school's guidance counselor. Or you can call ETS at 001-609-771-7600 and they'll send you one free of charge. You can also register online at www.collegeboard.com .

Am I allowed to use a calculator?

Yes, but it is not required..

For a thorough list of collegeboard FAQ, please go: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/sat/FAQ.html

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