SAT FAQ

REGISTRATION

WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR THE SAT?


We suggest that you sign up for the SAT when you are comfortable with the test and have completed all assignments related to your course. However, we do NOT suggest waiting more than 60 days after the course to take the SAT. The deadline to actually register for an SAT exam is usually four to five weeks before the test date. The SAT is offered seven times a year in the following months: January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. Students should carefully consider factors like the availability of the test date, the length of time it will take to fully prepare for the exam, and the deadlines of the colleges they will apply to when constructing their overall college admission timeline. We can help you register for the SAT at the right time to make sure that you get the testing center of your choice. If you are too late with your registration YOU MAY HAVE TO TAKE THE TEST IN ANOTHER CITY. Schedule the exam: * After the course has completed (but not immediately after to allow for extra study time) * Before 60 days from the end of the course (so information is still fresh) * Registration deadline is usually 4-5 weeks prior to the test * Only 7 SAT exams each year: March, May, June, August, October, November, December * Consider college deadlines, preparation times, and test date availability before scheduling




HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE SAT?


Online: Register at the College Board website We can help you register for the SAT! Registering for the SAT can be a daunting task. It can take a while and you must be very careful when entering your details since this information will be used to confirm your identity on test day at the testing center, as well as given to universities when reporting your test scores. When you choose a study program with us, we can also help you register for the rest as well as send score reports to the universities you want!




WHERE CAN I TAKE THE SAT IN ISTANBUL?


You may take the SAT at the following testing centers in Istanbul:
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU USE THE RIGHT CENTER CODE WHEN INDICATING YOUR CHOICE OF TESTING CENTER:
You can also visit the Collegeboard website here to search for a testing center near you.
ENKA SCHOOLS Address: Enka High School - Sadi Gulcelik, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59942 EYUBOGLU SCHOOLS Address: Dr. Rustem Eyuboglu Sokak, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59948 FMV ERENKOY ISIK HIGH SCHOOL Address: Sinan Ercan Cad No 17 Erenkoy, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59922 INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY ACADEMY Address: Alemdag Cad. Yeni Istanbul Carsisi,, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59940 IRMAK OKULLARI Address: Cemil Topuzlu Caddesi, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59936 ISTANBUL INTL COMMUNITY SCHOOL Address: Karaagac Mah, Kahraman Cadde 27/1, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59938 OZEL OGUZKAAN KOLEJI Address: Basari Sok. No: 2 Incirli Bakirkoy, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59933 PRIVATE NAKKASTEPE BAHCESEHIR COLL Address: Antunizade Mahallesi Oymaci Sok., Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59944 ST GEORG AUSTRIAN COLLEGE Address: Kart Cinar Sokak No. 2, Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59929 TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITY COLL (TINK) Address: Osmangazi Mahallesi Battalgazi Cd., Istanbul, Turkey Center Code: 59939




HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD I TAKE THE SAT?


If the colleges you are planning to apply to only require you to send your highest test scores, you can now take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests as many times as you want. Colleges will only see the scores you want to send them! However, we recommend that you take the SAT two times. Once in the second semester of your junior year of high school (Grade 11) and once in the first semester of your senior year (Grade 12). This ensures that you are familiar not only with test content, but also how the test is administered. Many excellent students suffer from exam anxiety and pressure on test day. Taking the test once before will allow you to be exposed to the conditions and stresses of test day so that the next time you are more experienced and can take the test with greater confidence. It also allows you to have a back up test in hand just in case you were not satisfied with the results of the first attempt and would like to improve your score. On average, our students increase their score from the first attempt by 200 to 400 points. Therefore we recommend taking the exam twice.





PREPARATION

WHAT IS THE SAT?


The SAT is an exam administered by The College Board to test college and career readiness. It is primarily used for the purpose of gaining admission to college. The SAT is widely considered to be the single most important test you take in high school.




HOW IS THE SAT STRUCTURED?


The new SAT includes a combined Reading and Writing section, formally called the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section, a Math section, and an optional 50-minute Essay. The Reading/Writing and Math sections are scored from 200-800, for a total composite score of 400-1600. The optional essay is given a score of 6-24; this score will not be reported along with your composite score, meaning your essay score does not affect your composite score. If you forgo the essay writing section of the new SAT, the test will only be three hours long.




WHAT TYPES OF QUESTIONS APPEAR IN THE EVIDENCE-BASED READING AND WRITING SECTION?


The revision in 2016 has led to a removal of traditional SAT sentence completion questions. The redesigned SAT no longer tests rote memorization of obscure vocabulary words; instead, the SAT tests “high utility” words that change in definition depending on the context in which they are used. This means that students will now be required to have a deeper understanding of more commonly used vocabulary words, and will also be required to read entire passages to discern the meanings of words. Four types of questions will be featured on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section: words in context, command of evidence, informational graphics, and text complexity. Words in Context questions measure your understanding of how word choice influences meaning, shapes mood and tone, reflects point of view, or lends precision or interest. The Writing and Language portion measures students’ ability to apply knowledge of words, phrases, and language in general in the context of extended prose passages. Command of Evidence questions test students’ ability to identify the portion of text that serves as the best evidence for the conclusions they reach. You both interpret text and support that interpretation by citing the most relevant textual support. The Writing and Language portion measures students’ capacity to revise a text to improve its development of information and ideas. Informational Graphics questions ask students to interpret information conveyed in one or more graphics (tables, graphs, charts, etc.) and to integrate that information with information found in the text. The Reading test has two passages that include one or two graphics each. The Writing and Language portion has one or more passages that include one or more graphics, and asks students to consider information in graphics as they make decisions about how and whether to revise a passage. Text Complexity questions include passages that span a specified range of text complexity levels from grades 9-10 to postsecondary entry. Students are asked to make and refine decisions about the placement of passages within complexity bands. More generally, the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section will require students to answer questions based on their ability to read and refine the text as a whole. The most important thing about the new Evidence Based Reading and Writing section is that students will need to read entire passages to answer the questions.




WHAT TYPES OF QUESTIONS APPEAR IN THE MATH SECTION?


The revision in 2016 has led to the addition of a no-calculator math section, which is worth a third of your math score. The sections of the math test that do allow a calculator also feature questions that do not require a calculator to solve, where use of a calculator could serve to actually slow down the problem solving process. These question types assess how well students make use of appropriate tools. Four types of questions appear in the SAT math section: algebra, problem solving and data analysis, advanced math, and additional topics. Each of these broader question types may be broken down into more specific math topics. Algebra questions require students to solve equations and systems of equations, to create expressions, equations, and inequalities to solve problems, and to rearrange and interpret formulas. Problem Solving and Data Analysis questions require students to create and analyze relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units, to describe relationships shown graphically, and to summarize qualitative and quantitative data. Advanced Math questions require students to rewrite expressions, to create, analyze, and solve quadratic and higher-order equations, and to manipulate polynomials to solve problems. Additional Topics questions require students to calculate area and volume, to investigate lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems, and to work with trigonometric functions. More generally, the math section of the SAT thoroughly tests your foundational knowledge of math topics in the context of real world situations, involving science, social science, or career related topics, focusing specifically on the math needed to pursue careers in the STEM fields. The new math sections will have: * A no-calculator section * Two out of the four total multiple choice sections on the SAT (2016) will be math * More questions on real-world applications of math * Problems that focus on algebra, data analysis, advanced math, trigonometry, circles and other topics





COSTS

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TAKE THE SAT?


The SAT costs $49.50 + $47.00 Non-U.S. Regional Fee. There is an additional late fee of $30.00 if you register after the registration deadline. For more information on SAT related fees, click here.





SCORES

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY SCORES?


The scores are usually mailed out 4-6 weeks after you take the test. You may also look up your scores online through the College Board website two weeks after your exam at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home




WHAT IS 'SCORE CHOICE'?


Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Different universities and colleges now have different score choice practices. Some schools require only the single highest test date score, some schools state that they combine the highest scores from different sections across test dates, and some schools require you to send all of your scores. View the score-choice practices of different schools. Always check with the schools you plan to apply to as well before sending your scores. In addition, please make sure you use the correct institution code for universities that require you to send your test results directly from Collegeboard. If you register through us, we can help you make sure that your universities get the right scores from the right source at the right time.