Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - An Overview


What is a SAT?

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a globally recognized college admission test which serves as a prerequisite to apply for undergraduate programs in the most of the universities across United States of America.

Conducted by "College Board", a not-for-profit education organization that aims to provide every student with equal opportunities to show what they've learned in school, SAT is taken by more 1.7 million students each year.

SAT assesses the student’s knowledge of English language and mathematics. The exam pattern is MCQ (Multiple choice questions) with four options, one of which is correct. The SAT also has an optional essay writing section. Few universities also demand a valid score of the SAT subject test. Plus the upside is that you can acquire advantages by taking an SAT exam.

Who can take the SAT?

You ask, if you are eligible for SAT? Here's all you need to know SAT (SAT Reasoning Test or SAT subjects Test or both) is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors in the USA. Indian students who have completed their 12 years of school education successfully from any recognized Indian board can take the SAT for admission to the different streams available in to various American colleges.

Indian students appearing for 11th or 12th class can take the SAT.

It is recommended that students take a practice SAT test a year before their intended year of admission.


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SAT Score Validity

Unless the SAT pattern changes, the SAT scores are valid for a period of 5 years. Hence, the 11th class students can take the test and if the score is well, can use the same for undergraduate admissions in United States.

Taking the SAT- Eligibility Criteria

There are no criteria of minimum marks etc. for appearing in the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests, but several colleges need a good SAT score along with a good academic record. Besides the SAT scores, colleges conducts their own tests, like Essay Writing (Subject Test), Personality Test and also ask for Curriculum Vitae and recommendations from teachers.

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SAT exam Schedule

The SAT is offered seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only), May and June.

SAT DateRegistration DeadlineDeadline for Changes

August 24, 2019

July 26, 2019

August 13, 2019

October 5, 2019

September 6, 2019

September 24, 2019

November 2, 2019

October 3, 2019

October 22, 2019

December 7, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 26, 2019

March 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

March 3, 2020

May 2, 2020

April 3, 2020

April 21, 2020

June 6, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 27, 2020

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SAT Exam Pattern


The SAT comprises of two main sections which have 10-sub testing sections.

1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)

2. Math

The first section is a 25-minute essay while the last section is a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections and sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections. 

Applicants sitting next to each other in the same session most are likely to get completely different test books with different content orders.

There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

There is a third section, which is known as the SAT subject test.

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Few universities or programs require its applicants to take the SAT subject test.

This test are available in 20 subjects based on five general subject areas- English, history, languages, mathematics and science.


Components of the Test


SAT Reasoning TestVerbal, Mathematical and Reasoning skills3 hours, 20 minutes
SAT Subject TestsAssesses knowledge of a specific subject1 hour

SAT Score Calculation Method

The maximum score you can achieve is that of 1600 which is calculated by adding up the scores of 2 sections. The two main sections have a maximum score of 800 each.

Raw scores are the number of questions you’ve answered correctly. This raw scored is then converted into a scale score ranging from 200 to 800 for each section.

This is done to make sure that the assessment across all test centers throughout the year is equal and fair. This scaled score is not a relative score.

SAT Score Results

SAT score results are available two weeks after the test date. The June test scores take longer but are available within six weeks of the exam date.

SAT Fees for Indian Students 2018

These are the updated fees for Indian students. The additional non US regional fee is mandatory for Indian students taking the SAT.



SAT Registration

USD 47.50

SAT with Essay

USD 64.50

Additional non US Regional fee

USD 49

Read more:  SAT important links

August 25, 2018

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