The SAT test is conducted separately for particular subjects, such as mathematics, English Literature, History, Science and also for other Languages . The exam is held in two levels, conducted for mathematics, and the science subject, consisting separate test for Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
The language subject test consists of separate test for each language, such as French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese etc.. and the history subject test comprises of separate test for US History and world history.
Some colleges demand in particular the SAT subject test scores in order to get considered for the admission. The SAT subject test would also illustrate the student's strength and interest on a particular subject, hence scoring in SAT subject test would also matter a lot at the time of admissions in a college.
SAT 2013 Pattern :
The SAT test is conducted in two different phases, one is conducted on the general SAT basis comprising questions from the subjects, such as Mathematics, reading and writing sections and other phase comprises of specific subject test, which involves subjects such as Mathematics with two levels, science, history, English literature and other language tests.
The SAT subject test is optional and if a student wish to take the exam in order to illustrate strength in the particular subject, then the student can take the exam. The SAT scores are allocated finally after collecting the raw scores in each level. The final scores would be result of statistical analysis of the combination of number of correct questions, wrong questions and the question that are not been attended etc.
The ability of the student is further analyzed through a 25 minute section in the SAT test, but the score in this test is not counted into the finals. The raw scores are finally converted on a scale of 200-800 scales, via a process called Equating. The equating procedure further ensures that the level of ability of students would not affect the scores of other students, when compared.The questions are weighted equally. For each correct answer, one raw point is added. For each incorrect answer one-fourth of a point is deducted. No points are deducted for incorrect math grid-in questions. This ensures that a student's mathematically expected gain from guessing is zero. The final score is derived from the raw score; the precise conversion chart varies between test administrations.
|Section||Average Score||Time in Minutes||Content|
|Writing||493||60||Grammar, usage and diction|
|Mathematics||515||70||Number and operations, algebra and functions, geometry, statistics, probability and data analysis|
|Critical Reading||501||70||Vocabulary, critical reading and sentance-level reading.|
The SAT therefore recommends only making educated guesses, that is, when the test taker can eliminate at least one answer he or she thinks is wrong. Without eliminating any answers one's probability of answering correctly is 20%. Eliminating one wrong answer increases this probability to 25% (and the expected gain to 1/16 of a point); two, a 33.3% probability (1/6 of a point); and three, a 50% probability (3/8 of a point).