SAT is an international standardized test conducted for getting admission in the Colleges of the United States and many other countries. SAT is wholly owned, developed, administered and published by the College Board. The full form of SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test which was earlier known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
The purpose of SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for College, and provide Colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants’ academic potential.
It is a multiple choice, pencil-and-paper test. It is designed for high school students looking for College education by testing their ability to solve the problems. Applicants aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses, particularly in the U.S. and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam.
Types of SAT
Conducted by the College Board, SAT-1 or more commonly referred to as the Scholastic Assessment Test, is required to be taken by the students seeking admission in to undergraduate schools.
SAT-1 is a general test that has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. SAT-2, on the other hand, is a more subject-focused test. Students
looking to get admission to a particular course are required to take the SAT Subject Test to demonstrate their knowledge of that particular subject.
The ACT, originally an abbreviation of American College Testing, is a standardized test used for College admissions in the United States. It is currently administered by ACT, a non-profit organization of the same name. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading & Science Reasoning. It also offers an optional direct writing test. It is accepted by all four-year Colleges and Universities in the United States and more than 225 Universities outside the U.S.
The main four ACT test sections are individually scored on a scale of 7-36, and a composite score (the rounded whole number average of the four sections) is provided.