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DASA and SAT Entrance Exams

DASA (Direct Admission of Students Abroad)

DASA is an initiative by the Government of India. Only Non Resident Indian’s (NRI), foreign nationals and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) are eligible for the DASA scheme. DASA needs applicants to write SAT Subject Tests in Physics, Chemistry and Math Level 2 instead of the standard JEE Mains in order to get admission into NITs, IIITs and other premier institutes of India (IITs not included). But it is not a complete cakewalk. DASA applicants have to pay a sum of 8ooo$ per annum. SAT Subject Tests are conducted by College Board. You can register for SAT Subject Tests at SAT There are 85 in chemistry 50 in Math and 75 questions in physics Level 2. You gain 1 point for each correct answer and lose 0.25 for each wrong one. The score you get is then obtained out of 800. A score of 65+ in Physics, 79+ in Chemistry and 44+ in Math Level 2 will mostly get you an 800. SAT Subject Tests are generally easy if you’ve got a good grasp on 11th and 12th grade basics in Physics, Chemistry and Math. You don’t need any special preparation as the level of questions is below CBSE. Many people even attempt without studying. The best way of preparing is by solving many sample papers which can be obtained from various guides. The most famous ones being Barron’s, Princeton and Kaplan. The joint maximum score for all 3 topics is 2400. DASA needs a minimum score of 1440 in order for you to apply. But different institutions have different cutoffs for different courses.

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must be foreign Nationals persons of Indian Origin studying in anywhere outside India. In case of National Studying abroad they must have completed the 11th and 12th standard or equivalent from outside only
  • Student must have passed the qualifying examination, that is. Senior Secondary [10+2] or equivalent from any education system recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Candidates should have completed successfully with Mathematics and Physics and one of these (Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science, and Biology) in 11th and 12th as applicable in the respective board.
  • Applicant should have a minimum total valid score of 1440 in SAT Subject Tests (Subjects: Mathematics Level 2, Chemistry and Physics). SAT subject test score has to be sent straight through College Board to NIT Srinagar.

Important things

  • Internet downloaded score cards are not acceptable. Applicants at the time of registration for SAT Subject Tests should indicate Institute code 7283 for sending their scores to NIT Srinagar.
  • Candidates who have taken many attempts in SAT Subject Tests can send valid score to NIT Srinagar directly through College Board USA. The best valid score in each subject will be considered for arriving at the total score which will be used for merit list preparation.

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)

SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test. Initially, it was called as Scholastic Aptitude Test and then changes to Scholastic Assignment Test. SAT is a paper based examination conducted by the College Board Organization in the United States. It is an entrance exam for undergraduate students to get appointed into college or university. SAT score will remain valid for Five years. The administrator of the SAT is College Board and it is an American Non-Profit Private Organization. It was founded on 22nd December 1899 as the College Entrance Examination Board. It was not organizing with a group of colleges but it offers a membership to college for admissions of students. It was located in 250 Vesey Street, New York City, United States. The SAT is one of the two admissions tests often required for admission to US universities and some other countries like Canada or Singapore. SAT 1 is reasoning test and SAT 2 is Subject test. From 1999, Gaston Caperton was the president of the College Board and he was replaced by David Coleman from 2012 onwards. It includes over 5,700 schools, 23,000 High Schools, 3,800 Colleges, Some Universities, and other educational organizations. It conducts various tests and programs and they are SAT / SAT subjective tests, PSAT/NMSQT, Advance Placement Program, College Level Examination Program, Accuplacer, and Springboard. The College Board pledges to the college that it gives a quality in all of his activities, programs, and services.

When Will the SAT Exam be Conduct?

 Mostly the SAT Exam notifications and dates will be released in the month of October, November, December, January, March, May and June. In March the test is available only in the US. For international students, it is better to take some gap between registration and exam. First, you have to register your name and details, providing genuine information will lead you more importance after the result of the exam. You can retake SAT examination if you aren’t satisfied with your present SAT score and highest of the both will be taken as a priority.

SAT TEST ELIGIBILITY

  There is no eligibility criterion for SAT Test. It was an entrance exam taken for admissions into the colleges in the United States. The test was advised to take in high school or in India it is equivalent to +12. According to SAT, it is the right time to take the test in the age of intermediate age to admit in a good college or University. In United States, usually students take the exam in their junior or senior years of high school (grades 11th or 12th). These tests are held in different centers according to their country around the world wide.

SAT REGISTRATION

There is a policy in SAT TEST program for providing a fair and good opportunity to the student. There are some requirements while registration to the SAT. The students who are interested in study in famous university or college in the United States then he can take a SAT test. For taking the test initially you have to register you name and details in the College Board website, note that name should be entered as per the same in ID proof. We are requesting you to provide fair information about you and finally you have to provide a photo. If you cannot produce the photo then the registration is not valid.

SAT Exam Fees Structure

It is an international exam conducted by the College Board. Basing upon the country the fee structure may vary and registration charges may applicable as per the test.
  • SAT Registration Fee – $43, with Essay $54.50
  • Late Registration Fee – additional $28
  • Phone Registration Fee – additional $1
  • Waitlist Testing Fee – additional $46
  • Change Fee – additional $28
  • Score Report Fee – additional $11.25 per report
  • The Basic Registration Fee for SAT Tesadded $11.25 per report
  • SAT test – $ 45 + Non – US regional fee.
  • SAT Test with Essay is – $ 57 + Non – US regional fee.
  • The International SAT Subject Registration Fee
  • SAT subject Registration Fee – $ 26
  • Each SAT subject Test (Except language test for listening) – $ 20 (additional per test)
  • Language Test for Listening – $ 26 (additional per test)

SAT FEE Details for Indian Students

  • SAT Reasoning Test Fee — $ 29.50
  • International Processing Fee — $ 20.00
  • Security Surcharge to Test in India & Pakistan — $ 20.00
  • Total Amount — $ 69.50

Scoring in SAT

The SAT is divided into two sections – 1. Reading, Writing, and 2.Mathematics. These two sections are scored on a 200-800 point scale, for a maximum total score of 1600. SAT subject test marks are measured on a scale of 200 to 800. There are extra sub scores reported on a 20-80 scale. The scores of a scholar imitate on how she/he compared with other students who took the test. An average SAT score is around 1000. Anything above 1200 is considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on SAT is the perfect score of 1600. Since you receive scaled scores, you should have some understanding of SAT scaled scores and percentiles.

SAT Preparation Tips

Students who do well on the SAT tend to be good readers who own a good vocabulary and who can sustain the stress of answering questions in short time as the test needs you to deal with nine sections. For the overall preparation, SAT prep is similar to other exams in the sense that you can either take the route of self-studying or attend coaching classes. For self-study you need motivation and self-discipline, to continue with the routine. This method will definitely help you save lots of time and money. However, if you feel you learn best in a classroom environment, then attending coaching classes is not a bad deal. Remember that you can choose to study on your own or through professional help, there is no right or wrong way.  

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