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Introduction of CSAT

College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) is an academically challenging and balanced test designed to measure student achievement and academic aptitude according to the National Curriculum standards for college education. The CSAT is developed and managed by Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) and commissioned by the Ministry of Education. CSAT aims to assess high-order thinking skills in the six study areas - Language Arts, Mathematics, English, Korean History, Inquiry and Foreign Language/Classical Chinese. Language Arts is to measure the ability in the usage of Korean language required for college education. Mathematics measures logical and critical thinking, with problem-solving skills through the application of mathematical concepts and principles. English tests for students’ English language skills and proficiency in accordance with the National Curriculum standards. Korean History assesses students’ knowledge of Korean History in the scope of the Korean History Curriculum. Inquiry examines students’ critical approaches to the problem, and creative problem-solving techniques in the fields of Social Studies, Science, or Vocational Education. Foreign Language/Classical Chinese measures students’ competence in languages such as German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, or Vietnamese OR the knowledge of Chinese Characters and comprehension of Chinese Classics.

Key Features of CSAT

College Scholastic Ability Test:

  • assesses higher-order thinking skills along with student comprehension of Language Arts, English, and area-specific knowledge in subjects such as Mathematics, Korean History, Inquiry (Social Studies, Science, or Vocational Education), and Foreign Language/Classical Chinese.
  • provides reliable data for college admissions.
  • seeks to positively impact teaching and learning practices in high schools through standardized testing benchmarks.

Candidates OUGHT TO:

  • take Korean History as a compulsory subject and failing to sit for the exam will result in the cancellation of the CSAT score report.

Candidates MAY:

  • take all or some of the tests in five study areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, English, Inquiry(Social Studies, Science, or Vocational Education), and Foreign Language/Classical Chinese.
  • take one common subject and one elective subject for each area in Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • take up to two subjects out of 17 subjects in Social Studies and Science.
  • take one or two subjects in Vocational Education.
    • Case 1: One from five elective subjects
    • Case 2: One common subject and one elective subject
  • take one out of nine subjects in Foreign Language/Classical Chinese.

Tests and Subjects Covered

CSAT consists of six tests which cover the subjects of various fields as followed:

Tests and Subjects Covered
Test Subject Covered
Language Arts
  • Common subjects: Reading, Literature
  • Elective subjects: Speech and Writing, Language & Media
Mathematics
  • Common subjects: Math I, Math II
  • Elective subjects: Probability and Statistics, Calculus, Geometry
English
  • English I and English II
Korean History
  • Korean History
Inquiry Social Studies·
Science
  • Social Studies: Life & Ethics, Ethics & Thoughts, Korean Geography, World Geography, East Asian History, World History, Economics, Politics & Law, Society & Culture
  • Science: Physics I, Chemistry I, Life Science I, Earth Science I, Physics II, Chemistry II, Life Science II, Earth Science II
  • Up to two can be selected out the seventeen subjects from Social Studies and Science
Vocational
Education
  • Common subject: Successful Life in the Work
  • Elective subjects: Agricultural Basic Techniques, General Industry, Commercial Economy, Basic Fishery & Shipping Industry, Human Development
  • One or two subjects can be taken
    • Case 1: Taking one of the five elective subjects
    • Case 2: Taking one common subject and one from the elective subjects
Foreign Language/Classical Chinese
  • One can be selected from: German I, French I, Spanish I, Chinese I, Japanese I, Russian I, Arabic I, Vietnamese I, Classical Chinese I.

Test Administration Schedule

  • Students are required to be present in the designated room by 08:10.
  • From the second session onwards, students are to be present in the room 10 minutes prior to the start of the examination block.
  • During the English examination session, a listening test will be administered at 13:10 and will last approximately 25 minutes.
Test Administration Schedule
Session Test Schedule
Entrance By 08:10
1st Language Arts 08:40 ~ 10:00 (80 min.)
Break - 10:00 ~ 10:20 (20 min.)
2nd Mathematics 10:30 ~ 12:10 (100 min.)
Lunch - 12:10 ~ 13:00 (50 min.)
3rd English 13:10 ~ 14:20 (70 min.)
Break - 14:20 ~ 14:40 (20 min.)
4th Korean History, Inquiry(Social Studies/Science/Vocational Education) 14:50 ~ 16:37 (107 min.)
Break - 16:37 ~ 16:55 (18 min.)
5th Foreign Language/Classical Chinese 17:05 ~ 17:45 (40 min.)

CSAT Scores

Only the level will be provided on Korean History, English, and Foreign Language/Classical Chinese.

  • The levels represent the degree of achievement on the subject.
  • The levels, ranging from 1 to 9, are determined by dividing raw scores with fixed cut scores.

The table below represents the CSAT standard score, calculated with the linear transformation method.

  • Language Arts and Mathematics have a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 20.
  • Social Studies, Science, and Vocational Education have a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10.
CSAT Scores
Test Number of Items Maximum Raw Score Standard Score
Mean Standard
Deviation
Range**
Language Arts 45 100 100 20 0~200
Mathematics 30 100 100 20 0~200
Social Studies/Science/Vocational Education* 20 50 50 10 0~100

* The numbers represent the number of items in each subject, maximum raw score, and standard score.

** Range = (test or subject mean) ± 5 X (test or subject standard deviation).

CSAT Score Report

  • CSAT Score Report contains the student information, subject test taken, standard score, percentile rank, and grades for each subject test.
  • The percentile is a comparison score between a particular students' score and the scores of the rest of the group. It shows the percentage of students whose scores fell below the student in concern.
  • For Language Arts, Mathematics, and Inquiry Areas, ‘Level’ refer to the stanine score, where the raw score is scaled on a nine-point standard scale. Level 1 is the highest level and Level 9 is the lowest level.
  • The level of Korean History and Foreign Languages/Classical Chinese is determined by taking raw scores in five-point increments while that of English is determined by ten-point increments. For instance, English raw scores within 90 and 100 are Level 1, scores within 80 and 89 are Level 2, and so on through Level 9. As for Korean History, scores within 40 and 50 are Level 1, scores within 35 and 39 are Level 2, and so on through Level 9. As for Foreign Languages/Classical Chinese, scores within 45 and 50 are Level 1, scores within 40 and 44 are Level 2, and so on through Level 9.

2022 CSAT Score Report(Sample)

2022 CSAT Score Report(Sample)
Registration Number Name Birth Date Gender High School
12345678 Kim, Gil-Dong 951234 Male Seoul High School (0009)
Areas Korean History Language Arts Mathematics English Inquiry Foreign Language/Classical Chinese
Elective Subject Speech & Writing Probability and Statistics Life & Ethics Physics I German I
Standard
Score
131 137 53 64
Percentile 93 95 75 93
Level 2 2 2 1 4 2 2