SAT 1

Course Name: SAT I – 2 subjects

Overview

SAT Reasoning Test or SAT I

A standardized test, SAT I measures Verbal, Mathematical and Writing skills. The test intends to primarily aid Undergrad Schools to assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for SAT I scores.

The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 2400. The SAT I score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school – the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school he/she desires.

Course Contents

SAT I have three sections – Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing.

Critical Reading Section

The critical reading sections on SAT are designed to test your ability to read and understand written English of the level you need to make the most of a university course. There are two types of questions:

  • Sentence Completion
  • Reading Comprehension

The Verbal section has always been a core part of the SAT. From Analogies to Sentence Completion to Critical Reading, mastering the Verbal section can be a daunting task. That’s why ITI has developed some key strategies to study for – and conquer – the SAT Verbal section.

Math Section

Mathematics is one of the original sections of the SAT and has long given students trouble. Representing a third of your total SAT score, it is important that you do well. ITI has developed a comprehensive course to give you the tools necessary to blow the SAT Math section out of the water.

The major topics are

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Algebra (I and II)
  • Geometry
  • Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

On the test, questions covering these four major math topics are spread across three timed sections and 54 total questions.

  • 25-minute section with 20 questions: all questions are Multiple-Choice.
  • 25-minute section with 18 questions: 8 Multiple-Choice and 10 Grid-Ins.
  • 20-minute section with 16 questions: all questions are Multiple-Choice.

Writing Section

The Writing section is the latest – and sometimes most feared – edition to the SAT. Comprised of both a multiple choice and written essay section, this portion of the SAT is meant to put your word choice and grammar usage to the test. Instead of fearing this section, we will show you how to use it to your advantage, enabling you to put your own personal touch on your SAT.

The SAT tests your writing skills in two ways:

  • SAT Essay – one essay to be written in 25 minutes
  • SAT Grammar questions – two sections, one of 25 minutes and one of 10 minutes

Use our SAT essay section to get clear advice on how to handle the essay. We have a topic list from which you can select some essays to practice. You can get your teacher to correct your essays or use our essay evaluation grid to help you estimate your own score.

The grammar questions are of three types:

  • Identification of sentence errors
  • Sentence correction
  • Editing in context

Who can attend SAT 1?

The SAT 1 or SAT as it is commonly known is a required test for students who wish to apply for admission into a university in the United States. It is usually taken by high school students in their 10th, 11th or 12th grades. Local students in the upper secondary as well as junior college levels may also take this test.

SAT II

Course Name: SAT II – 5 subjects

Overview

SAT Subject Test or SAT II

Subject Tests are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take SAT Subject Test.

Achievement Test by any other name… The SAT II is a set of more than 20 different tests focusing on specific disciplines such as English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Foreign Languages. Each Subject Test lasts one hour and consists entirely of multiple-choice questions, except for the Writing Test, which has a 20-minute essay section in addition to a 40-minute multiple-choice section.

Course Contents

The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.

How does SAT 2 differ from SAT 1

SAT I is largely a test of verbal and math skills. True, you need to know some vocabulary and some formulas for the SAT I, but it’s designed to measure how well you read and think rather than what you know. The SAT II is very different. It’s designed to measure what you know about specific disciplines. Sure, critical reading and thinking skills play a part on these tests, but their main purpose is to determine exactly what you know about writing, math, history, chemistry, and so on.

Physics

The Physics SAT Subject Test, like the other math and science-related exams, measures conceptual understanding along with practical application. In addition to defining concepts, you will be asked to apply them in word problems and experimental contexts.

Chemistry

The Chemistry SAT Subject Test measures your knowledge of chemical concepts, as well as how skillfully you apply them in practical contexts. You should have a firm grasp of both key terminology and experimental procedures.

Biology

The Biology SAT Subject Test is unique in that it offers students a choice between two concentrations: ecological or molecular. The former is conveniently known as Biology E, while the latter is Biology M

Mathematics level 1 and Level 2

There are two varieties of Math SAT Subject Test: Level 1 and Level 2. Both cover the same general topics, but Level 2 is more rigorous. While many college departments dictate which test to take, sometimes you are free to choose for yourself. In such cases, consider how developed your math skills are and how likely you are to achieve a high score.

English Literature

If you plan to major in English or a related discipline, you may be required to take the Literature SAT Subject Test. Unlike the general SAT, the literature test measures only your ability to read and analyze literary texts.

US History

The US History SAT Subject Test contains 90 questions measuring your knowledge of American chronology, society, politics and geography. As with the other SAT subject tests, you’ll have one hour to complete the exam.

World History and Languages

The World History Subject Test differs from the US version in that it does sometimes require the recollection of specific names and dates. But don’t panic – most of these details are hugely important, which means you’ll encounter them again and again during test prep.

Who can attend SAT 2?

The SAT II subject tests are required for students who intend to apply to more competitive universities in the United States. Most universities require any 3 SAT II subject tests to be taken while some universities may specify the exact tests to be taken. Usually, more competitive schools will require specific SAT II tests for students applying to specific faculties. For example, an Engineering faculty might specifically require the SAT II Physics and/or Math IIC. As a general rule, always check with the University of your Choice to find out what exactly are the requirements before sitting for the subject tests.