What is the SAT?
The SAT has long been considered the de facto standardized test for college admission in the United States. It underwent major changes in 2016, and the redesigned SAT is composed of the following sections:
|Critical Reading||52 MC Questions (65 minutes)||200-800||
|Writing and Language||44 MC Questions (35 minutes)|
|15 MC and 5 grid-in questions
|30 MC and 8 grid-in questions
|1 essay prompt (50 minutes)||Essays are graded according to the following criteria:
Compared to the old SAT you might have read about, the new SAT is designed to be more modern and relevant to high school students. The focus of the test has shifted from reasoning skills to knowledge and understanding of concepts, and there are no longer any sentence completion questions to test your knowledge of obscure vocabularies.
What are the SAT subject tests?
The SAT subject tests are subject-based standardized tests, offered in 20 different subjects. Many of the more selective colleges require or recommend students to submit at least two SAT subject test scores as part of their application.
SAT vs ACT
All US Universities accept both SAT and ACT and do not prefer one test over the other. Therefore, you should find out which test suits you better by taking diagnostic tests, and select the one that gives you a scoring advantage. You can also check out the following table to find out whether SAT or ACT is likely to be a better match for you:
|You are likely to do well in SAT if …|
|You are likely to do well in ACT if …|
Keep in mind that a small list of universities and colleges accepts the ACT in lieu of both the SAT and the SAT subject tests. This notably includes Duke University, Rice University, and Tufts University.
When should I take the SAT
Outside of the US, the SAT is offered every year in March, May, October, and December; and the SAT subject tests are offered in May, June, October, November, and December. Plan ahead if you intend to take the SAT subject test, as you cannot take both the SAT and the SAT subject test(s) on the same day.
Taking the SAT more than once (retesting) is recommended as most students improved their SAT score in their second testing.
Improve your SAT result at CANA
Our SAT instructors are graduates of the most elite U.S. universities who attained top scores in standardized tests. They have all been carefully selected by virtue of communication skills and coaching ability.
In contrast to other SAT courses offered at other education centers, lessons at CANA are tailor-made to meet the specific needs of each individual student, reviewing all topics and placing emphasis on strengthening areas of weakness. Our test prep track record is stellar: on average, our SAT students improve their score by 300 points; over 90% of our students score 660+ in the reading and writing section, and over 85% score 700+ in the Math section.
Intensive courses for AP are now accepting enrollment at selected CANA centres. The course schedules are available here.
Our SAT Tutors
The IB was tough and grueling program, but I credit my peers, teachers and the wonderful tutors at Cana for providing a challenging and fulfilling environment for me to learn. Cana tutors are not only knowledgeable in their fields but also approachable; willing and able to answer any questions I had on hand. Overall, I'm really happy with completing the IB and I can definitely say that the feeling of accomplishment after receiving my score made all the hard work worth it.
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Average Improvement in ACT Composite Score
Scored 700+ in SAT Math
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