There are two types of SAT® Exams:
- SAT® Reasoning Test or SAT® I
- SAT® Subject Test or SAT® II
SAT® Reasoning Test or SAT® I
A standardized test, SAT® I measures Verbal, Mathematical and Writing skills. The test intends to aid Undergrad Schools assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for SAT® I scores.
The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 2400. The SAT® I score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school that he/she desires.
SAT® I has three sections – Critical Reading, Maths and Writing. The following is the SAT® I test structure.
What is the scoring scale for the SAT®?
- The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800
- The Critical Reading section is scored on a scale of 200-800
- The Writing section score is split up into two parts. The essay is scored on a scale of 1-12, and the multiple choice questions on a scale of 20-80. These two scores are combined to calculate a section score ranging of 200-800
- The entire SAT® I score ranges from 600-2400
SAT® Subject Test or SAT® II
Subject Tests (formerly SAT® II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take the SAT® Subject Test.
The examination is entirely a paper-based test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT® II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths Level 1, Maths Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.
The US-based College Board develops and administers both the SAT® I and SAT® II. College Board is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about the SAT®, please refer to the official website of SAT® – www.collegeboard.com
Does admission to universities depend only on SAT® scores?
It is one of the various criteria that the admission council looks at. However, a good SAT® score does improve your chances of getting admission and financial aid.
What is the cost/registration fee for the SAT® I and SAT® II?
The registration fee for taking SAT® I is $94.5 The registration fee SAT® II is $84.0
How do I register for the SAT®?
You can register online or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the SAT® can be found at www.collegeboard.com
What if I miss the deadline for registering for the SAT®?
You can go to the test centre directly with your passport, photo and take the test as a Standby option if seats are available. And additional fees of
$46.00 would be charged.
What is the cost if I change SAT® test type, test date or test center?
You can change test type, test date or test center and fees would be charge $ 26 per change.
How do I pass on my score to the college i want
to apply to?
universities only accept official scores sent directly by College board.
Scores to four colleges can be sent free of cost from the time of SAT® registration to one week after the SAT® exam. Subsequently, for each
score report sent to a college, you would have to pay $11.25.
How many times in a year is the SAT® exam held?
Both SAT® II and SAT® I are offered 6 times a year in India. They are offered in May, June, October, November, December and January.
One cannot take SAT® I and SAT® II on the same day. Also, only 3 SAT® IIs can be taken on one day.
How many times can I take the SAT®?
SAT can be taken unlimited number of times.. (It is highly advisable not to appear for SAT® too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature).
What is the validity of the SAT® exam?
Your SAT® score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was taken
What is the scoring pattern?
Scoring is between 600 (Minimum) and 2400 (Maximum)
with 10-point increment. Three scores are reported on the SAT® I:
- Critical Reading score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in
- Mathematics score reported on a
200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments
- Writing score reported on a 0-6
score scale, in half-point increments
How soon do I get my score?
scores are available 3 weeks after the exam date.
What happens if I want to cancel the SAT® test score?
should ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Score’
form. You may submit the completed form immediately, or you can do it
with 2 days of the Exam. ETS must receive the request form no later then
Wednesday after the test.
Do universities consider photocopies of the SAT® scorecard? Do I have to send scores through College Board?
photocopies are not accepted. You have to send your scores only through
If I take the SAT® more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
Almost all the universities take the best score.
Do I need to have the SAT® score at the time of applying to universities?
you do not need to have the SAT® score with you at the time of applying.
Is the SAT® mandatory for applying to undergrad programs outside India?
not all the undergrad programs outside India require SAT®.
All students who wish to
pursue there Bachelor’s in U. S and the top schools in Canada are
required to take the SAT® I Exam. Students who want to apply to the top 15-20
universities of the US require SAT® II scores as well.
Which SAT® II exams should I take?
student who wishes to pursue Bachelor of Engineering should take Math
Level II and Physics or Chemistry. While a student who wants to pursue
Bachelor of Business should take Math II, English.