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All about SAT

ByAkanksha Singh - Faculty - Maths
All about SAT
May 28, 2019

All About SAT

Students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses abroad are required to take qualifying exams such as the SAT and ACT. SAT is a standardized test that measures students’ readiness for college. SAT is a multiple choice and paper-pencil test created by the College Board and administered by ETS (Educational Testing Services). It is conducted four times in a year in India, that is, in October, December, March and May.

SAT Registration Fee

For Indian applicants, SAT registration fee

  1. $98.50 (without Essay)
  2. $113.50 (with Essay)

SAT Exam Highlights

Official website


SAT Score range


Test duration

3 hours 50 minutes (excluding breaks)

Popular for

Undergraduate courses in the US and Canada

Also accepted in

Australia, UK and Singapore

Test centres

53 across 30 cities in India

SAT eligibility

No eligibility Criteria

SAT Test Pattern

SAT tests candidates on two main parameters.

  1. Math
  2. Evidence-based Reading and Writing

The SAT exam also has an optional essay section. The SAT essay scores are reported separately on a separate date.


SAT Test Pattern


Number of Questions


Score Range

Skills tested



65 mins

200-800 (Combined with Writing Section)

? No Sentence Completion

? Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)

Writing and Language


35 mins

200-800 (combined with Reading section)

? 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)

Math - No Calculator


25 mins


? Heart of Algebra

? Passport to Advanced Math

? Problem Solving and Data Analysis

? Additional Topics

Math - Yes Calculator


55 mins



50 mins

Scored Separately

Evaluate an argument through analysis of evidence



3 hours 50 mins




SAT Dates

Test Date

Early Registration via Representative

Registration Deadline

October 5, 2019

August 21, 2019

September 6, 2019

December 7, 2019

October 23, 2019

November 8, 2019

March 14, 2020

January 29, 2010

February 14, 2020

May 2, 2020

March 18, 2020

April 3, 2020


SAT Registration

SAT registration can be done in two ways, online or by mail.

Online - 1. Log in to the College Board website and create your profile.

  1. Fill the application form, including your personal information, high school and contact information
  2. Select the test and test centre.
  3. Upload a passport sized photograph.
  4. Review the information that you provided, check out and pay the fee using a Credit Card.
  5. Take a print out of the admission ticket.

By mail - Students can also register by mail, if they

  1. Plan to take the test closer to their place
  2. Wish to pay by cheque or money order
  3. Were unable to upload a digital photo in the online registration process
  4. Plan to register through SAT international representative


Sending SAT Scores to the Colleges

Before the test - Most Colleges ask students to send them official SAT score reports from the College Board. Applicants can send four free SAT score reports to colleges every time one registers for the SAT. Sending scores as early as possible is viewed as a demonstration of your interest.

After test day - Applicants can send their SAT score reports for free even after the test for nine days.

SAT Score Cancellation

A student can cancel his/her SAT score right after the test at the test centre or after leaving the test centre. College Board must receive the request before 11:59 PM on the Wednesday following the test date. If they plan to cancel the score at the test centre, they should ask the Coordinator at the end of the test for a request to Cancel Score form. Submit it to the coordinator after filling it. And if they wish to cancel the SAT score after leaving the centre, they should download the form from the College Board website. Fill the form. Send a written request with their signature along with the form. The cancellation fee can be paid by cheque or money order.

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