• 1SAT 2019-2020 Test Dates (International)

SAT

The SAT, like any standardized test,
is predictable.

The more comfortable you are with test structure, the more confidently you will approach each question type, thus maximizing your score. If you want to prepare for SAT with professional methods and guarantee success, feel free to contact us.

  • WHAT IS SAT?

    SAT originally stood for “Scholastic Aptitude Test”, but it is now generally known only by its acronym. The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The test is owned and administered by the College Board. It’s a multiple choice pencil-and-paper test. The purpose of the SAT is to measure the student’s readiness for college by evaluating key skills: reading comprehension, computational ability and clarity of expression.

  • WHAT IS THE
    FORMAT OF SAT?

    SAT has five sections, with the essay section being optional, the other four sections are:

    1. The Reading Test
    2. The Writing and Language Test
    3. The Math Test - No Calculator
    4. The Math Test - Calculator

    All multiple-choice questions have four choices. There is no penalty for guessing or skipping the questions.

    The timing and number of questions are as follows.

    Areas

    Sections

    Number of Questions

    Duration (Minutes)

    English

    Reading

    52

    65

    Writing and Language

    44

    35

    Math

    No Calculator

    20

    25

    Calculator

    38

    55

    Essay

    Essay (Optional)

    1

    50

    Section 1: Reading Test

    The reading section consists of five long reading passages, with each passage followed by ten or eleven questions, which adds up to the total of 52. All 52 questions in this section are multiple-choice questions. These reading questions measure the ability to understand what is read -both content and technique. The questions ask about the passage’s main idea or specific details, the author’s attitude to the subject, the author’s logic and techniques, the author’s use of evidence to support claims made in the passage, the implications of the discussion, or the meaning of specific words. Some passages are paired: you will be asked to answer two or three questions that compare the viewpoints of two passages on the same subject.

    Reading Test Passage Types

    U.S. And World Literature

    1 passage with 10 questions

    History/Social Studies

    2 passages or one passage and one paired-passage set with 10-11 questions each

    Science

    2 passages or one passage and one paired-passage set with 10-11 questions each

    Section 2: Writing and Language Test

    The Writing and Language section consists of four single passages, one from each of the following subject areas: Careers, Humanities, History/Social Studies, and Science. There are 44 multiple-choice questions

    One or two of passages on the test will be informative/explanatory texts, one or two of these are argumentative texts, and one is a narrative text.

    One or two passages on the test is accompanied by an infographic -a table, chart, graph, map, or some combination of graphics.

    24 out of the 44 questions are about expression of ideas (improving the quality of the author’s message) and 20 are about standard English conventions (grammar, usage, and mechanics).

    Writing and Languages Passage Types

    Careers

    Hot topics in ''major fields of work'' such as information technology and health care

    Humanities

    Texts about literature, art, history, music and philosophy pertaining to human culture

    History/Social Studies

    Discussion of historical or social sciences topics such as anthropology, communication studies, economics, education, human geography, law, linguistic, political science, psychology, and sociology

    Science

    Exploration of concepts, and discoveries in the natural sciences including Earth science, biology, chemistry and physics.

    Section 3: Math- No Calculator Test / Section 4: Math – Calculator Test

    The SAT Math Test is broken down into a calculator section and a non-calculator section. Questions across these sections consist of multiple-choices and student-produced response (Grid-in).

    Section 3, during which calculators are not allowed, has 20 questions: 15 multiple-choice questions and 5 grid-in questions.

    Section 4, during which calculators may be used, has 38 questions: 30 multiple-choice questions and 8 grid-in questions.

     

    Calculator

    No Calculator

    Total

    Duration (minutes)

    55

    25

    80

    Multiple-choice

    30

    15

    45

    Grid-in

    8

    5

    13

    Total Questions

    38

    20

    58

    SAT Math Test Content Area Distribution

    Heart of Algebra
    (19 Questions)

    Analyzing and solving equations and system of equations; creating expressions, equations, and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and solving problems; rearranging and interpreting formulas

    Problem Solving and Data Analysis
    (17 Questions)

    Creating and analyzing relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units; describing relationships shown graphically; summarizing qualitative and quantitative data.

    Passport and Advanced Math
    (16 questions)

    Rewriting expressions using their structure; creating, analyzing, and solving quadratic and higher-order equations; purposefully manipulating polynomials to solve problems

    Additional Topics in Math
    (6 questions)

    Calculating area and volume; investigating lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems; and working with trigonometric functions.

    Multiple-choice Questions

    On the math part of the SAT, 45 of the 58 questions are multiple-choice questions.

    Grid-in questi​ons

    On the math part of the SAT, 13 of the 58 questions are student-produces response questions. Since the answers to these questions are entered on a special grid, they are usually referred to as grid-in questions. Once you have figured out an answer, it must be written on a special grid so that it can be read by a computer.

    The Essay Section - Optional

    The Essay Section features an argumentative source text of 650-750 words aimed for a large audience. The text examines ideas, debates, and shifts in the arts and sciences as well as civic, cultural, and political life.

    It is important to note that prior knowledge is not required for this part. In the essay, exam takers may analyze elements such as the author’s use of evidence, reasoning, style, and persuasion.

    Rather than writing about whether test takers agree or disagree with the presented argument, they are asked to write an essay in which they analyze how the author makes an argument.

    The SAT Essay is 50 minute in length and broken down into three categories for scoring: Reading, Analysis and Writing. Each of these elements will be scored on a scale of 1 to 4 by two graders, with a total score of 2 to 8 for each category.

    Essay is not obligatory for students who will apply to universities in Turkey; so they are not to choose Essay section while applying to the SAT. For students who want to apply to universities in the USA, the Essay section is required– for most universities.

  • SAT
    SCORING

    The SAT reports a total score, but there are also section scores, test scores, cross-test scores and subscores. You earn points on the SAT by answering questions correctly. No points are deducted for wrong answers. The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. This score is sum of the scores on the Reading, Writing and Language and Math sections. Section scores for English and Math are reported on a scale from 200 to 800. English section score is derived in equal measure from the scores on the Reading and Writing and Language Tests. The Math section score is derived from the score on the Math Test.

    Test scores are reported on a scale of 10 to 40 for each of three required tests: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

    Cross-test Scores derived from the scores of selected questions in English and Math. These questions measure your analysis ability, and are reported on a scale of 10 to 40.

    Subscores are reported on a scale of 1 to 15. They provide more detailed information about how you’re doing in specific areas of literacy and math. Two subscores are reported for Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. The Math Test reports three subscores: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math. The final two subscores- Words in Context and Command of Evidence- are based on questions in both the Reading and the Writing and Language Tests.

  • WHY PUZA FOR
    SAT PREPARATION?

    OUR SAT PREPARATION PROGRAM

    Like any other exam, SAT is also one where question types can be predicted. The more you are familiar with test structure, the more confidently you will be able to approach each question type and thus improve your score to the highest levels. Many students preparing for SAT assume this as preparing for English and Mathematics courses, which leads them to an inaccurate preparation phase and prevents them from reaching sufficient score levels according to their potential.

    Utilizing right sources during your SAT preparation phase is very important. You must familiarize yourself with different types of questions, and be able to learn subjects thoroughly to be able to analyze every question. It is very difficult to find sources that will enable you to learn these techniques and analyze every question. Most publications are intended to be guides, which introduce the test briefly. During our training program, you will get a chance to solve unlimited number of questions with smart board materials prepared by our professional team, quizzes held after each lesson, homework tests given at the end of classes, weekly subject analysis exams, error detection tests to determine shortcomings at the end of each day, and daily pilot tests.

    Methods to use during the test are also very important to achieve high scores in SAT. Time management during the test, eliminating lack of attention, and keeping test anxiety at reasonable levels are among the most important aspects that will affect your success in the test. Our counsellors explain tips and tricks on two-pass strategy and resetting technique, and confirm whether these techniques have been learned during the tests they hold. In addition, they also help students take the test in the right psychology through motivation and test anxiety control seminars.

    If you want to prepare for SAT with professional methods and guarantee success, feel free to contact us.

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    Beginner

    Elementary

    Pre-Intermediate

    Intermediate

    Upper-Intermediate

    Pre-Advanced

    Advanced

    Upper-Advanced

    Proficiency

    General English

    SAT

    • Each level takes three weeks.
    • On the first day of the programme, students take the placement test for English and Mathematics.
    • Students who score Level 9 or above can directly start the SAT preparation programme.
    • Students whose English is under this level join the intensive English Preparation Programme until they reach required level.
    • Students who fail in arithmetic test join the pre-Math Programme to improve their basic understanding of mathematics.
    • Pre-SAT and Intensive pre-SAT Programmes are free for registered SAT students.

    CONTENT OF THE PROGRAM

    • During the SAT course, students are trained in a separate building, where all our staff communicates only in English.
    • Throughout the programme, students are instructed in Evidence-based Reading, Critical Thinking, Grammar, SAT Vocabulary, American Culture and Mathematics. Essay writing classes are additionally given to students who wish to take the Essay section of the SAT exam.
    • Placement Test: When they enroll at Puza Academy, students take an initial Placement Test which determines their English and Math level. Afterwards they are placed in a suitable class based on their results.
    • Classwork: During SAT preparation, all classes are held in two lessons. During the first lesson, teachers explain all the details on a subject on the Smart Boards for an hour and solve examples of all potential question types, and during the next lesson hour students take a quiz to measure whether they understood the information given in the first lesson. Teachers are still active in this phase; they determine the points not understood by students during problem solving and help them understand these subjects better. Students will be given homework tests about the lessons every day, and they complete their homework in our libraries under teachers’ supervision.
    • Weekly Exams: Progress of the students are monitored by weekly exams in Writing and Language, Vocabulary, Critical Reading and Math. Students who score inadequate results are provided with additional courses in order to strengthen their weak areas.
    • Monthly Exams: Past subjects are reviewed and assessed in monthly exams held at the end of each month. These exams cover the subjects learned in lessons. These exams will be reviewed to determine subjects which students are having difficulties in, and additional courses will be held in order to strengthen their weak areas.
    • Diagnostic Tests: After the classes are completed, all of the subjects are reviewed for 6 weeks during which students are given diagnostic tests (individual tests for each subject) and drills, and their weak areas are strengthened.
    • Practice Tests and Workshops: Practice tests and additional workshops help students focus on their weak areas and improve their scores. These studies provide workshops in small groups or one-on-one on determined specific problems.
    • Pilot Tests: During the last phase of preparations, students will have strengthened their weak areas, and will take Pilot Tests held every day. Along with pilot tests prepared parallel to the real test by Puza Academy staff, students get a chance to SAT tests from previous years. During the seminars held before these tests, students will be observed to determine whether they are implementing the test techniques they have learned, or having specific problems or not. Such problems will be dealt with after each test, and students will be able to reach their highest potential.
    • In addition to the study materials prepared by Puza Academy, students are provided all the contemporary international publications to familiarize themselves with all kinds of questions.
    • All videos of the solutions of the exam questions are made available on the Puza Mobile Application for students to watch!
    • Students and parents can instantaneously view attendance, homework, test results, and college application conditions on our Puza Applications.

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