SAT (Standardized Test Administered)

SAT (Standardized Test Administered)
SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission in undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.

Applicants to undergraduate courses, particularly in US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages.

A recent review of admissions policies by The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) revealed that many colleges have moved away from SAT subject test, which some years back was crucial for admission to top American universities.


  • $52.5 (approx.) plus $42 (Non-U.S. Regional Fee)
  • For subject tests, an additional $26 as basic subject test fee
  • For SAT subject tests, some additional fee might be required.

Here is the SAT paper pattern -

Subject Duration Subsections Questions Score Range
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’ 200-800
Reading 65 minutes Total 52 questions No Sentence Completion
Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)
(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)
(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

Scoring in SAT
The SAT is divided into two sections - 1. Reading, Writing, and 2.Mathematics. These two sections are scored on a 200-800 point scale, for a maximum total score of 1600.
SAT subject test scores are measured on a scale of 200 to 800. There are additional sub scores reported on a 20-80 scale. The scores of a student reflect on how he/she compared with other students who took the test. An average SAT score is around 1000. Anything above 1200 is considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on SAT is the perfect score of 1600. Since you receive scaled scores, you should have some understanding of SAT scaled scores and percentiles.

SAT Results
SAT test results are typically released within 4-5 weeks of the test administration and can be viewed online. Students can choose to send their test scores to colleges of their choice. They also have the option to cancel their test score or withhold them from being sent to certain colleges.

SAT Dates
The SAT is conducted only a few times a year between October to June. You don’t have the luxury of selecting an exam date suitable as per your convenience, which is the case with other exams. You need to plan your exam prep according to these test dates. These exams are scheduled to suit your application deadlines for the fall semester.
Here are the exam dates for the year 2017-18:

SAT Test Dates SAT Subject Test Dates
May 5, 2018 May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018

SAT Preparation Tips
Students who do well on the SAT tend to be good readers who possess a good vocabulary and who can sustain the pressure of answering questions in short time as the test requires you to deal with nine sections. For the overall preparation, SAT prep is similar to other exams in the sense that you can either take the route of self-studying or attend coaching classes. For self-study you need motivation and self-discipline, to continue with the routine. This method will definitely help you save lots of time and money. However, if you feel you learn best in a classroom environment, then attending coaching classes is not a bad deal. Remember that you can choose to study on your own or through professional help, there is no right or wrong way.

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