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About SAT

What is the SAT?

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a standardized test, owned and published by the College Board, and is widely used for college admissions in the United States. To find out more about the SAT, click here.

What does the SAT test?

Please refer to our SAT Guide for more information

What is a good score?

Admissions are competitive, and hence you should aim for a high percentile rank. The percentile rank indicates the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles.

“Good” is subjective, and the definition of a “good score” depends on your objective. Most schools publish average scores of the admitted class. If you are from an over-represented group (e.g. Indian Male Engineer), or if you reside in a region known for higher scores (e.g. Singapore), then you should aim to score commensurately higher than these averages for your target schools.

When can I take the SAT?

There are fixed test dates for the SAT. Candidates need to schedule their test in advance at College Board website.

How much does the test cost?

The test fee is US$117.50 with the essay, and  US$100.50 without.

For any SAT II Subject Tests, the registration fee is US$26 plus US$22 per subject (excluding Language Tests with Listening which cost US$26)

What is the test structure/content?

Please see our guide for more information.

How can I prepare for the test?

We are always available to help. Check out our SAT Prep Courses.

I have a documented disability. Are there any accommodations in the SAT?

If you believe you have a disability that prevents you from taking the SAT under standard conditions, you may request accommodations.

A decision regarding your accommodation request may take up to seven weeks. You must apply for and receive an accommodation decision before scheduling your test date.

For more information, refer to the official SAT website.

About SAT Preparation

How can I prepare for the test?

Please refer to our SAT Prep Course page for more information.

How long does it take to prepare for the SAT?

The duration of preparation required depends on multiple factors:

  • Your target level of performance
  • Your initial level of performance
  • Number of hours you can devote to preparation every week
  • Speed at which you internalize the concepts and approach

Is the Group course enough?

Most of our students sign up for the Hybrid Course. The Hybrid Course is highly recommended as it is a combination of unlimited group classes, and a certain number of individual hours. This is our most popular option, since it gives students access to the group classes to learn the fundamentals and the basic strategies, and the individual hours that can be used to work on your weaknesses and pull up your score.

What happens if I miss a group course session?

We’re different. When you register for a group course, you get unlimited access to all our group classes, in all our groups. It’s less of a purchase and more of a membership. Attend the same class as many times as you need to grasp the concepts completely!

We start new SAT group course “batches” every weekend, so you have the opportunity to attend a “make-up” class with another group at no additional charge.

We recommend that students do their best to attend each class but we also do understand that SAT test takers have a number of other responsibilities and will thus do our best to accommodate your unique circumstances. If you tell us your restrictions (e.g. “I can only come on Sun mornings” OR “I need to finish in two months” OR “I want to have a class once a month for the next 1 year”), we will come up with a personalised timetable for you.

Will you cover all the question types I find difficult?

Of course! Our course designers come from various academic backgrounds – business, law, physics, mathematics – and have formulated specific frameworks to help you analyze, understand and answer all the SAT question types. Hence, regardless of your background, this course has the right ingredients to help you overcome your weaknesses and ace the test.

How much work must I do on my own?

In order for you to get a 1500+ score, we need you to work – but we prefer you to work smart. There will be work for you to do at home (online) with the specific purpose of getting you used to the concepts and techniques we cover. As much online simulation (preferably under time pressure) is what you need – and this is what we have planned for you.

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