What is SAT ?

SAT is a standardized test widely used for Undergrad admissions in the United States and a few other countries that measures Mathematical, English Reading, and Writing skills of students.

The purpose of SAT exam is to measure the college readiness of the students. College Board, an American not-for-profit organization is the owner and administrator of the SAT exam. The examination is entirely a paperbased test that is scored out of 1600 points divided equally between Mathematics (800) and English reading & writing (800). The Essay is optional and is scored in addition to 1600 points.

The test intends to aid universities in assessing the potential of applicants for higher education. That is why more than 4000 colleges in US, India and 84 other countries accept SAT scores for admission to their programs. However, the SAT® score alone does not guarantee a student’s admission – the test is but one of the many factors taken into consideration during the holistic review of an applicant’s profile. SAT is held in India in August, October, December, March and May. You can register online or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the SAT can be found at https:// www.collegeboard.org/

The registration fee for Indian students taking SAT(with essay) is USD 117. Your SAT score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was taken.

Section Questions Duration Score Range
SAT Reading 52 multiple questions 65 minutes 200 to 800
Break 10 minutes
Sat Writring & Language 44 multiple choice questions 35 minutes
No Calculator - SAT math 20(15 multiple choice and 5 student response questions) 25 minutes 200 to 800
Break 5 minutes
Yes Calculator - SAT math 38(30 multiple choice and 5 student response questions) 55 minutes

  The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800

  The Critical Reading section is scored on a scale of 200-800

  The Essay is scored separately on a scale of 2-8

  The entire SAT score ranges from 400-1600

SAT Evidence based Reading & Writing has two tests, SAT Reading, SAT Writing & SAT Language. SAT Math has two components, No calculator and Yes calculator.

SAT Reading section has passages based on literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences. Writing & Language are also passage based testing Grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills. Math sections mainly tests Algebra, Arithmetic, Data analysis, Geometry and Trigonometry.

Enroll for a Free Demo class


How Do I Register for the SAT?

SAT registration deadlines fall approximately 5 weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program. Or you can call ETS at 609–771–7600 and they'll send you one free of charge. You can also register online at www.collegeboard.com.
Yes, but it is not required.
This policy allows students to choose which scores to report, by test date.
Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center, or you can think about it for a day or two before mailing it to ETS. However, ETS must receive your request form no later than the Thursday after the test. For more info, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/cancelingscores.
A lot of students take both exams and send the best score to universities. In fact, for students targeting the top 10-15 universities in the US, this is a highly recommended strategy. If you do not want to take both SAT and ACT, then the scientific awelcomeroach will be to take an SAT diagnostic test and an ACT diagnostic test, and then pick the one in which you performed better.
A lot of the top 50 colleges require or recommend the essay. The exhaustive list of colleges that require the essay in the SAT can be found at:https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/cancelingscores.
Enroll for a Free Demo class