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General questions about the SAT
1. What is the SAT?
The Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT is a mandatory requirement for college admissions in the USA.

2. How many times SAT is conducted in a year?
SAT examinations are conducted seven times per year during the months of: October, November, December, January, March, May and June. The test dates vary each year.The specific test dates for SAT can be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees.html
Registration questions
1. When should I register for the SAT?
Registration deadlines are approximately 5 weeks before each test date. You may want to register at least 6 - 8 weeks ahead of time to avoid late fees and ensure vacant seats at your preferred test center. The test center may become full, then you have to consider alternate options, such as testing at a different test center or postponing your exam date to the next SAT Exam.

2. How do I register?
To register online, visit www.collegeboard.com.
To register by mail, obtain a copy of the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program (available at your school's guidance counselor’s office). You can also request for a copy of the Bulletin for the SAT Program to be sent you by calling College Board at (866) 756-7346 or writing to:

College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541 - 6200

3. How much does it cost to take the SAT?
The SAT Registration Fee $48.50 + additional $27.50 late fee if you register after the registration deadline. For more SAT-related fees, click on the following link:

Test day
1. What to bring on test day ?
  • Admission ticket
  • A valid photo ID
  • No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An acceptable calculator with extra batteries. Four-function calculators and scientific calculators are allowed for the mathematics portion of the SAT, but they will not be provided by the testing center.
  • A watch to keep track of time
  • Drinks and snacks (for the break)
2. How many times can I appear for the SAT?
For most high school students, three times is about the maximum between the start of the sophomore year and fall semester of the senior year. In some special cases, four times may be needed, but that should be the exception.

Test prep
1. When should I start preparing for the SAT?
Any time after sophomore year. All students should take the SAT at least once during junior year. Most students take the SAT once or twice in their junior year and once in the fall of their senior year. It is best to prepare right before taking the test because the material will be fresh and test taking skills will be at their peak.

2. What is the PSAT and does my child need to take it?
The PSAT is given each year in October and it serves two purposes:
  • To qualify students for National Merit Scholarships (junior year only).
  • To offer students and parents feedback on potential SAT scores, strengths, and weaknesses.
3. How to get the best score ?
Hard work and TestMentor’s Study Material can help you secure high score SAT. There is no substitute for hard work if you really want to concentrate on getting the best score. Never rely on short term solutions which will help you in getting high score. The efficient way is to get ready for PSAT which has same subjects and it is also time bound test.

4. For College admission SAT is an important gateway:
One major factor that universities use to evaluate students is the SAT score. Our experts weigh in on just how important those scores are in comparison to the rest of your application.
A perfect SAT score will not guarantee a student admission to a top school because it is only one aspect of a larger application that includes coursework, recommendations, and extracurricular activities. But a great score will certainly help

Understanding scores
1. How is the SAT scored?
The exam consists of three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The scores from each section can range from 200 to 800, so the best possible total score is 2400. The average score for each section is roughly 500, so the average total score is about 1500.
Very few students get a perfect SAT score, even those at the country’s top colleges.
Finally, you'll see that some of the school profiles include the critical reading and math scores, but not the writing scores. This is because the writing part of the exam is still new, and many schools do not yet use it in their admissions decisions. We're likely to see that change in the next couple of years as colleges figure out the relationship between the writing score and academic success.

2. How are exam questions created?
Team of experts create the questions. Each question gets reviewed by this team of expert in English and Math. There should be no confusion and unreasonable questions for students. Hence all questions are checked by experts.

3. When is the possible time I get my scores report ?
The scores are usually mailed out 4 - 6 weeks after you take the test. You may also look up your scores online through the College Board website two weeks after your exam at

4. What if I want to cancel my SAT Score?
On the day of your test, if you want to cancel your score during or after finishing your exam, 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.

5. What is Score Choice?
Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Different universities and colleges now have different score choice practices. Some schools require only the single highest test date score, some schools state that they combine the highest scores from different sections across test dates, and some schools require you to send all of your scores. View the score-choice practices of different schools. Always check with the schools you plan to apply to as well before sending your scores.

6. Am I allowed to use a calculator?
Yes, but it is not required.

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