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About Standardized Testing

What is standardized testing?

Standardized testing requires test takers to answer similar questions, under similar conditions and is scored in a “standard” or consistent manner, which makes it possible to compare the relative performance of individual students or groups of students. Standardized testing may include multiple-choice format, true-false questions, short-answer questions, essay questions, or a mix of question types.

Why is standardized testing conducted?

Usually many students from different geographies, education systems and curriculum apply for a limited number of positions in elite universities. It is difficult to compare students coming from such diverse backgrounds. A common test based upon the topics that all the students have studied, provides an additional data point and an objective comparison.

What are some of the common standardized tests?

Standardized testing is conducted for admissions to both Undergraduate and Graduate programs in many countries. The popular tests for USA are indicated below.

  1. Undergraduate: Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT)
  2. Graduate: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Where are SAT and ACT scores accepted?

SAT scores are widely accepted by colleges across the world especially USA for admissions to the undergraduate programs. ACT scores are also accepted in almost all the colleges in USA and more than 200 other colleges across the world.

Know all about SAT

What is SAT?

The Scholastic Assessment Test is an international standardized test conducted by College Board and is widely used by colleges across the world to make admission decisions for undergraduate programs. SAT is used to measure a high school student’s readiness for college education and serves as a common data point for colleges across the world to compare candidates.

What is the format of SAT?

SAT is a three (3) hours long test (without optional essay) comprising of following sections. The questions are multiple choice.

  1. Reading
  2. Writing and Language
  3. Mathematics (no calculator)
  4. Mathematics (calculator allowed)

In case you choose to appear for the optional essay, that will require additional fifty (50) minutes.

When is the SAT exam conducted?

The College Board publishes an official calendar for SAT dates. Generally, the SATs are conducted five to seven times in a year, but this may vary depending upon region. Click here to know SAT dates and deadlines for 2020.

How can I give the SAT exam?

You need to register for SAT on The College Board’s Portal with your information. You can choose whether to take the SAT with essay or without essay. The registration typically takes 30 to 40 minutes and you will need a valid photograph and a credit card to make the payments, post which you can print your admit card.

What is the maximum score I can achieve in SAT?

The best possible score without the essay section is 1600.

What is the cost of giving the SAT exam?

The registration charges for SAT without essay is $ 52 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. The registration charges for SAT with essay is $ 68 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. The Non-U.S. regional fees varies from region to region. For India, Non- U.S. Regional Fee is $49. There may be some additional fees like test centre fee, date change fee etc. More information on the SAT fees is available here.

What is the cost of giving the SAT exam?

The registration charges for SAT without essay is $ 52 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. The registration charges for SAT with essay is $ 68 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. The Non-U.S. regional fees varies from region to region. For India, Non- U.S. Regional Fee is $49. There may be some additional fees like test centre fee, date change fee etc. More information on the SAT fees is available here.

Know all about ACT

What is ACT?

ACT stands for American College Testing conducted by a non-profit organization with the same name. ACT scores are widely used by colleges across the USA and more than 200 others across the world colleges, to make admission decisions for Undergraduate Program. ACT just like SAT is used to measure a high school student’s readiness for college education and serves as a common data point for colleges to compare candidates. Both SAT and ACT provide an objective indicator of a student’s preparedness for college education.

What is the format of ACT?

ACT is a 2hrs and 55 minutes (without optional essay) long test conducted both in person as well as online mode. However, for residents outside USA, ACT is only administered in online Mode. ACT has the following sections:

  1. Reading
  2. Mathematics
  3. English
  4. Science

In case you choose to appear for the optional essay, that will require additional forty (40) minutes.

When is the ACT exam conducted?

The ACT exams are offered throughout the year, you need to register for the exam in advance to book your slot. The dates for the exam may vary from region to region and is published by the ACT Board.  click here to know ACT dates and deadlines for 2020.

How can I give the ACT exam?

You need to register for ACT on The ACT Board’s Portal with your information. You can choose whether to take the ACT with essay or without essay. The registration typically takes 30 to 40 minutes and you will need a valid photograph and a credit card to make the payments, post which you can print your admit card.

What is the maximum score I can achieve in ACT?

The best possible score without the essay section is 36.

What is the cost of giving the ACT exam?

For non-US residents ACT without writing component is $150 and with the writing component is $166.50. You can send your ACT reports to up to 4 colleges without any additional cost, post which there is an additional cost of $13 for each additional college. There are additional charges related to test center fee, date change fee, late registration etc.

Additional details regarding ACT fees etc. are available here.

Which exam should I take

Which exam should I take SAT or ACT?

Both SAT and ACT are used by colleges to measure a student’s readiness for college. However, there is a difference in the format of the exams. ACT has a Science section whereas SAT does not have the same. Also, in ACT you are free to use the calculator in all the Maths questions whereas in SAT some Maths questions have restrictions on the usage of Calculators. You can take our SAT vs ACT test to know which test best suits you.

What is a good score in SAT and ACT?

SAT scores range from 400 to 1600. A good SAT score depends on the college you are considering. For 2019, the average score was close to 1,050. However, you should always aim to achieve as high a score as possible. A score of 1,400 will give you a good chance of admission to variety of schools, provided you are meeting the other requirements for the college. Some of the Ivy Leagues or elite Universities have most students with SAT scores higher than 1500.

Like SAT, different colleges have different ACT score requirements for admissions. ACT scores ranges from 1 – 36. As a rule of thumb, ACT scores of 30+ gives you a good chance of admission to variety of schools provided you are meeting the other requirements for the college. Some of the Ivy Leagues or elite Universities have most students with ACT scores higher than 33.

Are SAT/ACT necessary for college application?

Both SAT and ACT are widely used by colleges across the world for candidates applying to Undergraduate program. However, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic a lot of Universities including most of the Ivy Leagues like Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Columbia University and Cornell University have made SAT and ACT scores optional for 2020- 21 session.

What is the Compass Plan and what does it cost?

Compass Plan is a diagnostic test designed to help you decide which among SAT and ACT is more suited for you. The diagnostic test involves 90 questions and is 90 minutes long.

As a student in Grade XI and XII you have a number of priorities and need to efficiently utilise your time. The Compass Plan helps you understand your strengths and determine the best path Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

How to conquer SAT/ACT

What is the time commitment required to achieve a good score in SAT and ACT?

The time commitment needed to get a good SAT or ACT score varies on the current standing of the student. You can take our Diagnostic Test to get a detailed analysis of your current standing. Students that are already scoring at a high level may need less time, whereas students that require substantial improvement may need a greater time commitment. Based on your current performance we would recommend a detailed study plan customized for you.

How many times can I appear for the SAT or ACT exam?

There is no restriction on how many times you can appear for a SAT or ACT exam. If you are not satisfied with your SAT or ACT score in your previous attempts, you can appear again to improve your score.

How can I prepare for SAT or ACT?

In our experience its best to start with a diagnostic test. This test gives a good idea of where you currently stand, your strong areas and weaknesses. Based on this score and your improvement areas, we help create a plan suitable for you.

Scholarly has customized prep program for students to help in their SAT and ACT preparation. We use data analytics to help students reach their true potential on standardized testing. With 10K+ questions, 20+ mocks, 400+ worksheets and 250+ video lessons, Scholarly can help reach you your desired SAT and ACT score. Take a free trial now to get in depth analysis of your current standing.

What are the benefits of doing the SAT and ACT prep program from Scholarly?

Our diagnostic tests check your performance in different areas and provide you with detailed feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. This analysis helps you determine your improvement areas and where to spend more time. We use data analytics and AI to help you improve from your current level to your desired SAT and/or ACT Score. With Scholarly’s SAT and ACT prep program you get access to Diagnostic Tests, In-depth Videos, Detailed Test Reports, Thematic Worksheets, Dynamic Score Predictor, Interactive Lessons, Mock Tests, Personalised Course Plan and more. Start your Free Trial now to explore Scholarly’s SAT and ACT prep program.

What is the Compass Plan and what does it cost?

Compass Plan is a diagnostic test designed to help you decide which among SAT and ACT is more suited for you. The diagnostic test involves 90 questions and is 90 minutes long.

As a student in Grade XI and XII you have a number of priorities and need to efficiently utilise your time. The Compass Plan helps you understand your strengths and determine the best path.  Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

What is the Alpha Achiever Plan and what does it cost?

Alpha Achiever Plan is a comprehensive package for one full year that encompasses all aspects of SAT/ACT preparation. With Alpha Achiever Plan you get access to: 10K+ questions, 20+ mock tests, 250+ video lessons, 400+ topic wise worksheets, live classes and doubt clearing sessions with the best tutors from around the world. We use AI and data analytics to understand your performance and provide you feedback at every step of your preparation. You also get full support from a mentor assigned to you and a personalized course plan to help you pace your preparation. Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

Who will benefit from the Alpha Achiever Plan?

Alpha Achiever Plan is helpful for (a) students who are at a beginner stage and need step wise solution to their preparation and (b) students who have taken the SAT/ACT and are looking for a substantial improvement in their score. Alpha Achiever Plan helps you move from a beginner to an expert level, starting from building your core concepts to providing you a real-life experience of SAT/ACT exams. Most of our students enroll for the Alpha Achiever Plan and are extremely satisfied with their results.

The feedback from the students regarding the content, ease of use and overall engagement is very complimentary. We recommend that you try the Alpha Achiever Plan for conquering SAT/ACT exam.

What is the Top Gear Plan and what does it cost?

Top Gear Plan is a series of full-length tests designed on the lines of real-life SAT/ACT exam. Top Gear Plan helps you gain that confidence you need to ace the exam. Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

Who will benefit from the Top Gear Plan?

Top Gear Plan is designed for students who have already covered their basic test preparation in terms of course content and want to experience what real life SAT/ACT exams look like. Take the Top Gear plan now and approach the exam day like any other day and ace the exams with full confidence.

Which is the right plan for me?

Our products have been designed to assist the entire spectrum of test takers, from students who have not yet started their preparation to students that have already appeared and are looking to improve their score.

The right plan depends upon your preparation and your current level. For beginners, we recommend Compass Plan and Alpha Achiever Plan whereas for advanced level, we recommend Top Gear Plan. Find the right product for you here.

How can Scholarly help me

What are the benefits of doing the SAT and ACT prep program from Scholarly?

Our diagnostic tests check your performance in different areas and provide you with detailed feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. This analysis helps you determine your improvement areas and where to spend more time. We use data analytics and AI to help you improve from your current level to your desired SAT and/or ACT Score. With Scholarly’s SAT and ACT prep program you get access to Diagnostic Tests, In-depth Videos, Detailed Test Reports, Thematic Worksheets, Dynamic Score Predictor, Interactive Lessons, Mock Tests, Personalised Course Plan and more. Start your Free Trial now to explore Scholarly’s SAT and ACT prep program.

How have other students from Scholarly performed on SAT?

We have helped more than 1500 students achieve their desired SAT score. Our students see an increase of 253 points in SAT. Our students routinely perform at a high level in SAT, with 23% scoring more than 1400. For comparison only 6% of overall students that appear for SAT score more than 1400.

How have other students from Scholarly performed on ACT?

We have helped more than 300 students achieve their desired ACT score. Our students see an increase of 5 points in ACT. Our students routinely perform at a high level in ACT, with 27% scoring more than 30. For comparison only 7% of overall students that appear for ACT score more than 30.

What is the Compass Plan and what does it cost?

Compass Plan is a diagnostic test designed to help you decide which among SAT and ACT is more suited for you. The diagnostic test involves 90 questions and is 90 minutes long.

As a student in Grade XI and XII you have a number of priorities and need to efficiently utilise your time. The Compass Plan helps you understand your strengths and determine the best path.  Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

What is the Alpha Achiever Plan and what does it cost?

Alpha Achiever Plan is a comprehensive package for one full year that encompasses all aspects of SAT/ACT preparation. With Alpha Achiever Plan you get access to: 10K+ questions, 20+ mock tests, 250+ video lessons, 400+ topic wise worksheets, live classes and doubt clearing sessions with the best tutors from around the world. We use AI and data analytics to understand your performance and provide you feedback at every step of your preparation. You also get full support from a mentor assigned to you and a personalized course plan to help you pace your preparation. Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

Who will benefit from the Alpha Achiever Plan?

Alpha Achiever Plan is helpful for (a) students who are at a beginner stage and need step wise solution to their preparation and (b) students who have taken the SAT/ACT and are looking for a substantial improvement in their score. Alpha Achiever Plan helps you move from a beginner to an expert level, starting from building your core concepts to providing you a real-life experience of SAT/ACT exams. Most of our students enroll for the Alpha Achiever Plan and are extremely satisfied with their results.

The feedback from the students regarding the content, ease of use and overall engagement is very complimentary. We recommend that you try the Alpha Achiever Plan for conquering SAT/ACT exam.

Test prep products offered by Scholarly

What is the Compass Plan and what does it cost?

Compass Plan is a diagnostic test designed to help you decide which among SAT and ACT is more suited for you. The diagnostic test involves 90 questions and is 90 minutes long.

As a student in Grade XI and XII you have a number of priorities and need to efficiently utilise your time. The Compass Plan helps you understand your strengths and determine the best path.  Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

What is the Alpha Achiever Plan and what does it cost?

Alpha Achiever Plan is a comprehensive package for one full year that encompasses all aspects of SAT/ACT preparation. With Alpha Achiever Plan you get access to: 10K+ questions, 20+ mock tests, 250+ video lessons, 400+ topic wise worksheets, live classes and doubt clearing sessions with the best tutors from around the world. We use AI and data analytics to understand your performance and provide you feedback at every step of your preparation. You also get full support from a mentor assigned to you and a personalized course plan to help you pace your preparation. Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

Who will benefit from the Alpha Achiever Plan?

Alpha Achiever Plan is helpful for (a) students who are at a beginner stage and need step wise solution to their preparation and (b) students who have taken the SAT/ACT and are looking for a substantial improvement in their score. Alpha Achiever Plan helps you move from a beginner to an expert level, starting from building your core concepts to providing you a real-life experience of SAT/ACT exams. Most of our students enroll for the Alpha Achiever Plan and are extremely satisfied with their results.

The feedback from the students regarding the content, ease of use and overall engagement is very complimentary. We recommend that you try the Alpha Achiever Plan for conquering SAT/ACT exam.

What is the Top Gear Plan and what does it cost?

Top Gear Plan is a series of full-length tests designed on the lines of real-life SAT/ACT exam. Top Gear Plan helps you gain that confidence you need to ace the exam. Please click here for additional details and pricing information.

Who will benefit from the Top Gear Plan?

Top Gear Plan is designed for students who have already covered their basic test preparation in terms of course content and want to experience what real life SAT/ACT exams look like. Take the Top Gear plan now and approach the exam day like any other day and ace the exams with full confidence.

Which is the right plan for me?

Our products have been designed to assist the entire spectrum of test takers, from students who have not yet started their preparation to students that have already appeared and are looking to improve their score.

The right plan depends upon your preparation and your current level. For beginners, we recommend Compass Plan and Alpha Achiever Plan whereas for advanced level, we recommend Top Gear Plan. Find the right product for you here.

When will the classes be conducted for SAT and ACT prep program?

The classes for SAT and ACT prep program are conducted on a rolling basis. Each class is a separate stand-alone module. While we strongly recommend you go through all the classes irrespective of your strengths and weaknesses, if you want to focus on a specific topic from the list you can very well attend that class without worrying about catching up with the previous classes. Attend your First Free Class Here.

How are the classes conducted?

The classes offered by Scholarly are live classes conducted by globally renowned tutors offered via video conferencing. You will need a computer with webcam and an internet connection to attend these classes.

Are there trial classes available? Can I attend a trial class?

Yes, of course. You can attend one free class of your choice. Please see the schedule here. We are confident that you will like the class.