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  • Education Abroad

    What is SAT®?


    The SAT® is a globally recognized standardized test for most college admissions in the United States, UK, and Australia etc. The SAT® is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. It tests your skills in English Critical Reading, English Writing and Mathematics.

    It is used as a yard stick to measure a student's academic prowess and potential. It puts all the applicants across the world on the same level.

    In India, most students take the SAT® during their Class XIth or Class XIIth, and almost all colleges and universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore etc. and other countries use the SAT® for admissions.

    The SAT® is a three-hour and forty-five minutes test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills students have developed over time and skills they need to be successful academically.

    The test is administered seven times a year globally and six times in India viz. January, May, June, October, November & December.

    SAT® Structure:  What is tested in a SAT®Test?


    Old SAT® (Effective till JAN 2016)New SAT® (Effective From MAY 2016)

    SectionsTimeSub-SectionsContent Marks
    Old SAT® (Effective till JAN 2016)
    Mathematics Section 70 Minutes Two 25-min. sections One 20-min. section - Algebra & Functions
    - Geometry
    - Statistics
    - Probability
    - Data Analysis
    800
    Critical Reading Section 70 Minutes Two 25-min. sections One 20-min. section - Critical Reading
    - Reading comprehension
    - Sentence completions
    800
    Writing Section 60 minutesMultiple Choices - 35 min. Essays section - 25 min. Grammar, usage, and word choice 800
    New SAT®(Effective till JAN-2016)
    Mathematics Section80 Minutes 55-minute section with calculator ,25-minute section without calculator - Algebra & Functions
    - Geometry
    - Statistics
    - Probability
    - Data Analysis
    800
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test100 Minutes65-minute Reading section,35-minute Language and Writing section - Critical Reading
    - Reading comprehension
    - Sentence completions
    800
    Writing Section50 minutes Essays section(Optional) - 50 min. Grammar, usage, and word choiceOptional

    The Essays are graded by 2 independent qualified readers. Each grades the essay on a scale of 0-6.

  • Full Course
    Mock Test Series
    Spot Light
    Why SAT@Pratham
    • What the Student gets

      Classroom Training -

      1.11 Verbal classes

      - Including foundation classes for Parts of Speech, Vocabulary and Reading techniques

      - Dedicated classes for separate sections including detailed module for Essay Writing

      2.12 Math Classes

      - Individual topic classes such as averages etc with exhaustive number of questions on each.

      3.   College Board references to provide practice questions directly from the official study material

      4.   Separate Course and reference books for Math and English developed by Pratham

      Timed Drills and Testing -


      1.   18 Topic tests: testing each topic which is taught in Math and English

      2.   7 Section tests: testing all three sections of the SAT separately

      3.   20 mock tests a. Conducted in simulated actual SAT environment b. Comprehensive Error log maintained for detailed analysis of performance

      Supervision and Guidance -

      1. A Student Performance Index is Maintained which takes into consideration the following factors:

         i. Attendance

         ii. Assignment completion

         iii. Test's performance

         iv. Behaviour and responsiveness in Class based on faculty observation

         v. Report shared with students and parents

         vi. Detailed data analysis

      2. In-house psychologist for study counselling and time management techniques

    • What the Student gets :

      1.   20 mock tests : conducted in simulated actual SAT environment

      2.   Error log and detailed analysis

      3.   Student Performance Indexbased on tests' performance

      4.   In-house psychologist for counselling

    • We understand your need for a customised prep plan.

      We understand your need for an individually planned preparation module for the most crucial SAT. That is why we customise our prep program to your needs and requirements. We can expedite or prolong the prep schedule without compromising on quality. Our pedagogy has been developed with the utmost care for quality and completion of the program. Our robust support system ensures the delivery of all that is committed to you. We promise to help you keep your plans while not compromising on your convenience. Once you enrol, we shall be asking you in detail about your preferences before we design a plan for you.

      Please find the general salient features and services that we shall provide you as part of the Spotlight Program Click Here

      Mention all the constraints you want us to consider before sending you a plan. Include factors such as time, location, availability, emphasis on particular subjects etc.

    • SAT@Pratham is the most comprehensive test prep for SAT® available in Delhi. What's more is that after a lot of research, we have come up with a program especially designed for an Indian student.

      We deliver what we commit.

      You can see through the features mentioned for our programs that we have extensive in-house material developed by experts to give the student the best learning and growing environment.

      Some of the other salient features of SAT@Pratham are mentioned below:

  • PSAT:

    1. The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT.

    2. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. With $180 million dollars in scholarships awarded to students that achieve high scores on the PSAT, how you perform on this exam can help you earn scholarship dollars that change the direction of your college planning.

    3. The PSAT is much more than a practice test.

    4. In the fall of 2015, students will see a new version of this exam, which will be fully aligned with the new SAT debuting in March 2016.

    5. The new PSAT, launching in October 2015, is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in Reading, Writing, and Math. The highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

    The PSAT Evidence-Based Reading Test
    TestLengthQuestion Type
    Evidence-Based Reading60 minutes 9 U.S./World Literature 18-20 Social Studies/History 18-20 Science
    Writing & Language35 minutes24 Expression of Ideas 20 Standard English conventions
    Math25 minutes: No Calculator
    45 minutes: Calculator
    16 Heart of Algebra 13 Data Analysis & Problem Solving 16 Passport to Advanced Math 2 Additional Topics in Math
    LengthQuestion Types
    9U.S./WorldStudies/History
    18-20 Social
    60 minutes18-20 Science

    There are 5 reading passages or paired passages:
    1 U.S./World Literature passage
    2 Social Studies/History passages (or 1 passage + 1 passage pair)
    3 Science passages (or 1 passage + 1 passage pair)

    1. The Evidence-Based Reading section of the PSAT is the longest, single section of the exam lasting 60 minutes and covering 47 questions.
    2. That's approximately 75 seconds per question, not including the time needed to read each of the 5 word passages or passage pairs, each between 500-700 words.
    3. This section of the exam is aimed at testing your ability to draw supported conclusions from the passage details and/or make inferences based on the author's point of view. In short, your ability to read, comprehend, and choose effectively against the given answer choices is key.
    4. Passage topics include U.S. or World Literature, Social Studies, History, and Science and are sourced from high-quality, previously published sources. Passages do not rely on outside knowledge, meaning you do not need to remember the difference between an ion and a proton, rather you are tested on your ability to comprehend and infer meaning from the author's tone and point of view.
    5. For Science and Social Studies/History, you will read paired passages and will be asked to draw connections between the two.
    6. Additionally, you will encounter passages accompanied with charts, tables, and graphs.
    7. Questions related to these passages will test your ability to incorporate information in the passage with information presented graphically to answer a question, for example, to identify which of the given answer choices supports information presented in a graphic.
    8. Reading comprehension questions will test your ability to identify the meaning of words and phrases in context. Some will ask you to draw a logical conclusion, and then also ask that you select the text that led you to that conclusion.
    9. Other questions may ask you to synthesize information using the passage and a related graphic to draw a logical conclusion, or identify how a word choice influences the overall passage's meaning and tone.

    Current SAT vs New SAT

    Changes to the SAT are coming, and they're not minor. The redesign affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. An optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers are just some of the new features. You can also expect an increased emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.



    Read on for a breakdown of the seven key changes.
    Changes to the SATCurrent(available through Januray 2016) SAT New (available March 2016 and after)SAT
    1/4 penalty for wrong answers No wrong-answer penalty
    ScoringScore is out of 2400 Score is out of 1600
    o 800 for Matho 800 for Math
    o 800 for Reading Comprehensiono 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    o 800 for WritingSubscores and insight scores available
    Optional Essay will be scored separately
    3 Critical Reading sections
    o 20-25 minutes each
    1 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test
    3 Math sections65-minute Reading section
    10-25 minutes each o 35-minute Language and Writing section
    Anatomy3 Writing sections 1 Math test
    o Includes 1 Essay test (25 minutes)o 55-minute section with calculator
    1 Experimental testo 25-minute section without calculator
    5 answer choices for multiple-choice questions1 Essay test (optional) - 50 minutes
    4 answer choices for multiple choice questions
    Timing 3 hours 45 minutes3 hours; 3 hours 50 minutes with optional essay
    Only available in printAvailable in print and digitally *
    Administration Focused on broad range of content and skillsFewer questions with a greater focus on in-depth analysis of content and evidence
    Essay is requiredEssay is optional
    Students have 25 minutes to draft a responseStudents have 50 minutes to analyze a 650-750 word document and draft an essay
    Essay Quality of reasoning and accuracy of data not tested Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; requires students to analyze a source document and explain how the author builds an argument
    Score combined with multiple- choice Writing sectionFacts matter
    Scored separately
    Focus on wide array of topicsConcentrated focus on:
    More emphasis on computational skillso Problem-solving and data analysis
    Calculators permitted for all sectionso "The Heart of Algebra"
    Multiple choice and grid-in questionso "Passport to Advanced Math"
    Math Real-world problem solving accompanied by informational graphics
    Calculator permitted for 37 questions; not permitted for 20 questions
    Multiple choice and grid-in questions; 1 Item Set grid-in question
    Critical Reading
    o Sentence Completions
    o Passage-based questions
    o Passage-based questions from short (100-150 words) and long (400-850 words) passages
    Evidence-Based Reading
    o No Sentence Completions
    o Tests understanding of passages from U.S. and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)
    Reading and Writing WritingWriting and Language
    o Combined score of writing multiple-choice questions and Essayo Tests "Expression of Ideas" and "Standard English Conventions" through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies
    Changes to the SATCurrent(available through january 2016SAT new(Available march 2016 and after)SAT
    Humanities, and Science
    o All questions pull from extended prose (400-450 words)
    The New SAT Scoring

    The new SAT will return to the 1600-point scale, with the Math and Reading sections scored between 200 and 800, and the optional essay evaluated separately. The-point penalty for wrong answers will be discontinued.

    The new scoring model is also more complex than ever, providing enriched score reports to shed light on your individual strengths and areas that need improvement.

    Type of ScoreScore RangeDetails
    Total Score400-1600 The sum of the two Section scores-Math score + Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score
    The Essay score will be reported separately and is not a part of the Total Score
    Section Score200-800 There are two Section scores-one for Math and one for Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
    The Essay score is scored separately and not included in either Section score
    Essay6-24 The Essay will have three scores-Reading, Writing, and Analysis, each scored between 2 and 8.
    . Test Score 10-40 There are five Test scores-Math, Reading, Writing & Language, History/Social Studies, and Science
    Test Score10-40Two of the Test scores-History/Social Studies and Science-are "Cross-Test Scores".
    . These scores will reflect how students per- form on specific questions tied to these subjects as seen in both the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections.
    Type ScoreOfscore RangeRange
    Total Score400-1600 The sum of the two Section scores-Math score + Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score
    The Essay score will be reported separately and is not a part of the Total Score
    There are seven Subscores:
    . Two tied to Reading, Writing & Language
    . Two tied to Writing & Language only
    . Three tied to Math
    - The Reading, Writing & Language Subscores will reflect how students perform on specific questions tied to Command of Evidence and Relevant Words in Context concepts
    Subscore10-40The Writing & Language Subscores will reflect how students perform on specific questions tied to Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions concepts

    The Math Subscores will reflect how students perform on specific questions tied to The Heart of Algebra, Passport to Advanced Math, and Problem Solving and Data Analysis concepts
    The SAT vs. the ACT
    SATACT
    On the SAT, you may need to spend time figuring out what you're being asked before you can start solving the problem. For example, here are sample questions from the SAT essay and the ACT writing test (their name for the essay): ACT questions tend to be more straightforward. ACT questions are often easier to understand on a first read.
    The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary. If you're an ardent wordsmith, you'll love the SAT. If words aren't your thing, you may do better on the ACT.
    The ACT has a Science section, while the SAT does not.
    The SAT is broken up into more sections.You don't need to know anything about amoebas or chemical reactions for the ACT Science section. It is meant to test your reading and reasoning skills based upon a given set of facts. But if you're a true science-phobe, the SAT might be a better fit.
    The ACT tests more advanced math concepts. In addition to basic arithmetic, algebra I and II, and geometry, the ACT tests your knowledge of trigonometry, too. That said, the ACT Math section is not necessarily harder, since many students find the questions to be more straightforward than those on the SAT.
    Choices..
    Choices..
    Choices
    English Literature
    History U.S.
    World History
    History
    Mathematics Mathematics Level 1
    Mathematics Level 2
    Science Biology E/M
    Chemistry
    Physics
    French
    French with Listening
    German
    German with Listening
    Languages Spanish
    Spanish with Listening
    Chinese with Listening
    Modern Hebrew & Italian
    SAT Subject Test Scores

    The SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200-800 scale. A score of 600 is considered very solid. Keep in mind that a Subject Test score is just one piece of information that colleges will use to evaluate you. The decision to accept or reject your application will be based on many criteria, including your high school transcript, SAT score, recommendations, personal statement, extracurricular activities, etc. So, failure to achieve the necessary score doesn't automatically mean that your chances of getting in have been damaged.

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada, created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger. In 2013, the most taken AP exam was English Language and Composition with 476,277 students, and the least taken AP exam was Japanese Language and Culture with 1,169 students.

    Scoring

    AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows: 5-Extremely well qualified 4-Well qualified 3-Qualified 2-Possibly qualified 1-No recommendation

    Grading AP exams is a long and complicated process. The multiple choice component of the exam is scored by computer, while the free response and essay portions are scored by trained Readers at the AP Reading each June. The scores on various components are weighted and combined into a raw Composite Score. The Chief Reader for each exam then decides on the grade cutoffs for that year's exam, which determine how the Composite Scores are converted into the final grades. During the process a number of reviews and statistical analyses are performed to ensure that the grading is reliable. The overall goal is for the grades to reflect an absolute scale of performance which can be compared from year to year.

    Some colleges use AP test scores to exempt students from introductory coursework, others use them to place students in higher designated courses, and some do both. Each college's policy is different (see link below), but most require a minimum score of 4 or 3 to receive college credit. Typically this appears as a "CR" grade on the college transcript, although some colleges and universities will award an A grade for a 5 score. Some countries, such as Germany, that do not offer general admission to their universities and colleges for holders of an American high school diploma without lengthy preparatory courses will directly admit students who have completed a specific set of AP tests, depending on the subject they wish to study there.

    In addition, completing AP courses help students qualify for various types of scholarships. According to the College Board, 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when making scholarship decisions.

    Beginning with the May 2011 AP Exam administration, the College Board changed the scoring method of AP Exams. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are now based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are no longer deducted for incorrect answers and, as was the case before, no points are awarded for unanswered questions. However, scoring requirements have also been increased.

    Advanced Placement courses

    There are currently 37 courses and exams available through the AP Program. A complete list can be found below:

    -Art Historyy-Government and Politics: Comparative-Psychology
    -Biology-Government and Politics: United States-Research (Second part of the AP Capstone program)
    -Calculus AB-Human Geography- Seminar (First part of the AP Capstone program)
    -Calculus BC-Italian Language and Culture-Statistics
    -Chemistry-Japanese Language and Culture-Spanish Language
    -Chinese Language and Culture- Latin: Vergil-Spanish Literature
    -Computer Science A-Microeconomics-Studio Art: 2-D Design
    -English Language and Composition- Music Theory-Studio Art: 3-D Design
    -English Literature and Composition-Macroeconomics-United States History
    -Environmental Science-Physics 1-World History
    -European History-Physics 2
    -French Language-Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
    -German Language -Physics C: Mechanics
  • Education Abroad

    Students of Indian origin are traveling in higher numbers than ever before to pursue higher education abroad. The total number of student visa issued in 2012 for Indian students for some of the countries are - USA approx. 24000, UK approx. 15000 , Canada Approx. 13000 and Australia 5500 etc. The decision-making process for study abroad is a complex interaction of many variables viz. future job prospects, cost of education, scholarships, availability of quality PROGRAMs, social recognition and opportunities of immigration that differ based on student's academic and financial ability. Also, the study abroad application process is quite lengthy as international students typically apply to 9 to 12 months in advance.

    Indian student's decision for going abroad can be majorly due to two reasons-one is for career development and the other for immigration. This is because of their motivation, targeted destination, and intended level of study. In last three years more number of students has started moving abroad for studying under graduate courses as there is consistent rise in number of students taking SATtest.

    What does it takes to get into a great foreign University?

    Getting admission in an international university/college can be as simple as appearing for tests like SAT®, TOEFL, get a good score and fly to your dream college However there are several myths surrounding this question and making the concept a complicated process and covering up the real scenario. The following myths and their realities are sure to give you a clear picture.

    Myth #1: It would be better to study abroad only after graduation. Reality:

    -Till the late 1990s, the crowd seeking for International Education was either dominated by scholarship seekers, or the rich, however now a large number of middle class students are open to studying abroad as self-funded students.

    -A common generated report in reference to reports submitted by ASSOCHAM, UNESCO and IIM Bangalore gives an approximate number of 2,00, 000 students migrating each year for their under graduation. So now its no more the 'too early' concept ruling.


    Myth #2:It is very expensive.Reality:

    -This sure can be expensive. UNLESS you take advantage of some great opportunities:

    -If the budgeting is a concern it can be factored while choosing your particular course and the country you want to go for studying the particular course.

    -In the UK you can take a national tuition fee LOAN that you don't have to start paying back until you earn enough to afford paying it back!

    -In Denmark you can apply for a grant of approx.700 per month if you are a working student!

    -In the Netherlands, there is also a tuition fee loan available. In addition, if you work 54+ hours per month, you can apply for an extra grant from the Dutch government (up to 500 per month).

    -Many students also find a way to get a student job to cover their living expenses. As salaries in Western Europe are quite high, it's ACTUALLY possible to manage working while studying (10-15 hours per week).

    -In short, think how much more you could gain from the study abroad experience. Can you afford not to go?

    Myth #3: It's a very complicated and tedious process. Reality:

    -"Nothing in life worth having comes easy"

    -However, in case of INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION it can be well made easy by following few ordered steps

    -Once you have decided your course and country, all one has to do is go to the website and list out the pre-requisites for that particular course in that particular college.

  • SAT Team

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