What is SAT®?
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What is SAT®?
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® I?
||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
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
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.
The registration fee for taking SAT® I is $91. The registration fee SAT® II is $77.50
You can register online or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the SAT® can be found at
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
$11.25 would be charged.
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.
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).
Your SAT® score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was taken
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
scores are available 3 weeks after the exam date.
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.
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.
photocopies are not accepted. You have to send your scores only through
Almost all the universities take the best score.
you do not need to have the SAT® score with you at the time of applying.
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 SAT® I Exam. Students who want to apply to the top 15-20
universities of the US require SAT® II scores as well.
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.
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