The Scholastic Assessment Test, commonly known as the ‘SAT’, is a standardized testing option that is commonly used to secure admission in US-based colleges at the undergraduate level. The SAT is wholly developed
and published by the College Board. The main motive of this exam is to assess the student’s readiness for going to college. This also helps the colleges to compare the applications of various students using a common score.
The SAT is a paper-based multiple-choice test that consists of two sections, i.e. Math Section and the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section. There is also an essay that is optional in the test. The following table shows the information for each section of the SAT:
The total time for the SAT is 3 hours (+50 minutes for an optional essay). The SAT is quite important for getting admitted into a US College as the colleges usually prioritize applicants with a higher SAT score. Also, this examination helps in obtaining a scholarship or merit-based financial aid to the student. Although the SAT is a US-based exam, some colleges outside the US also accept SAT scores.
Though it is not easy to score a perfect 1600 on the SAT, it is also not impossible. With the use of perfect strategies, one can score a perfect 1600 in the SAT and go to any college in the world, be it MIT, Harvard, Caltech, and many more. There are many resources to study and prepare for the SAT but choosing the best resources can prove beneficial. There are many strategy books to read and study from such as ‘The Princeton Review', Mike Barrett’s 'The Black Book’, and many more. The College Board itself provides material to study and practice from such as the ‘Official College Board SAT’ and free 8 full practice tests.
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 Essay is scored separately on a scale of 2-8
The entire SAT® test score ranges from 400-1600
When should you be taking the test?
The SAT is conducted seven times a year, but the number of test date window for candidates outside the US is restricted to only 4. An Indian aspirant can take the SAT in any of the following months-October, December, March, or May.
The following are the months when you should be targeting the first and second attempts of your SAT (ideal for Indian students).
1. If you are in Grade 10, you should take your SAT attempts between the months of October to December.
2. If you are in Grade 11, you should take your SAT attempts between the months of July to October.
3. If you are in Grade 12, you should anyhow take your SAT attempts before the month of October.
FAQs about the SAT Exam
Q. What is the duration of SAT Test?
Ans. The SAT Test is for 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Q. Is there any break during the SAT Exam sections?
Ans. The SAT is made up of 10 sections:
• A 25-minute essay
• Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
• Two 20-minute sections (mathematics and critical reading)
• A 10-minute multiple-choice writing section
Total test time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
You’ll also get three short breaks during the testing, so don’t forget to bring a snack!
Q. SAT score is valid for how many years?
Ans. The SAT score is valid for 5 years.
Q. What is the cost of taking the SAT?
Ans. The registration fee for Indian students taking SAT(with essay) is USD 117.
Q. How many times in a year the SAT exam held?
Ans. SAT is held in India in August, October, December, March and May.
Q. How many times can I take the SAT exam?
Ans. SAT can be taken an unlimited number of times. (It is highly advisable not to appear for SAT too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature).