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Registering and taking the SAT in Dubai can be confusing. A lot of the information out there is for people taking the test across the United States, but not for students taking the SAT abroad. So, we decided to put together an APPLY ME Guide to the SAT in Dubai to answer all the little questions that we get regularly from our students.
Here's what you need to know about the SAT:
1. SAT Overview
2. 2014-2015 SAT Test Dates in Dubai
3. Where to Take the SAT in Dubai
4. How to Register for the SAT
5. What to Expect on Test Day
* Links will be available in future posts.
There's a lot of information to provide for each one of these areas. For today's post, we'll discuss #1 by giving an overview of the SAT so you can decide if you in face do need to take the SAT. Use the links above to learn about other topics or below to go to the next post.
What is the SAT?
The SAT is a college admissions test designed to be taken during high school in the U.S. If you want to go to school in the U.S. as an international student, you pretty much have to take it. If you're studying in Dubai or at an American school elsewhere in the world, you probably have to take it because many schools use it as an entry exam or to exempt you from taking certain courses like college algebra.
Who makes the SAT?
It is made by a company called the Educational Testing Service and administered through the College Board. Keep in mind, these guys do nothing but make tests. They also make the TOEFL and SAT Subject Tests.
What's on the SAT?
For the best overview of the SAT, check out the College Board website. Basically, the content is split into three parts: reading, writing, and mathematics. These subjects are tested over 10 sections.
For the reading, there are three sections that include sentence completions (fill in the blank), short reading passages, and long reading passages. For the writing, you have to write an essay and answer prove you've got good grammar on improving sentences, improving paragraphs, and error identification questions. The mathematics tests arithmetic, algebra, and geometry in multiple choice and grid in formats. Click here for SAT practice questions in reading, writing, and math.
How is it scored?
Scoring can get pretty complicated, so all you need to know is that you get a score from 200 to 800 in reading, writing, and mathematics. Your total possible score is 2400.
What's a good score?
It depends. Figure out where you want to go to school and then figure out the school's required (or average accepted) score...that's a good score. Here's a secret your parents and test prep companies don't want you to know: getting into a college or university is about more than your SAT score. Get the best one you can and move on. More on this later.
Now that you know about the SAT and have, hopefully done some practice questions, it's time to decide when to take the test
There are only 2 months until the SAT! Let us help you! Email APPLY ME at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 04 449 7318. We offer private tutoring with American tutors that will boost your score!