SAT or Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardized test which is accepted in USA for college admissions. SAT is required when an individual is planning to study in undergraduate program in any US university. In addition to SAT, some universities ask candidates to take SAT-II test or Subject SAT test. SAT is also required by universities and colleges in Canada.
SAT comprises of three sections, namely, critical reading, mathematics and writing.
Purpose of Examination
SAT is used by colleges and universities to evaluate the potential understanding of the applicants for advanced study in their chosen fields. It also helps in knowing whether the candidate ready for college or not.
SAT Test Format
|Math||80 minutes||Calculator allowed for 37 questions
Calculator not allowed for 20 questions
|· Problem-solving and data analysis‘
· The Heart of Algebra’
· ‘Passport to Advanced Math’
|Reading||65 minutes||Total 52 questions||· No Sentence Completion
· Tests understanding of passages from US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)
|200-800 (combined with Writing section)|
|Writing and Language||35 minutes||Total 44 questions||· Tests ‘Expression of Ideas’ and ‘Standard English Conventions’ through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science
· All questions from extended prose (400-450 words)
|200-800 (combined with Reading section)|
|Essay (optional)||50 minutes||One 50 minutes optional essay||This section requires students to evaluate an argument through analysis of evidence||not scored|
|Total||3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)||154 questions||–||1600|
Validity of SAT Exam
SAT Score is valid for 5 years.
SAT Exam Fees
SAT: $49 (approximately Rs.3300)
SAT Subject Test Registration Fees: $26 (approximately Rs.1750)
Each SAT Subject Test (Except Language Tests with Listening): $20 additional per test
Language Tests with Listening: $26 additional per test
Taking SAT Exam
SAT is offered six times in a year, in months of January, May, June, October, November, and December.