What is SAT?

Published On: 26 Mar 2012

 | Last Updated On: 04 Sep 2014

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a globally recognized college admission test for undergraduates. This test lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math - subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the places where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) tests your skill in quantitative reasoning and verbal ability for admission to colleges in USA. It is conducted, developed and published by College Board of US but it is formally conducted, developed and published by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate courses in US universities are required to take SAT exam. An individual cannot take SAT exam more than 2 times.

When is SAT conducted?

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are held in India 6 times a year, in the months of January, May, June, October, November and December. The test is typically usually held on the first Saturday of the month. Test dates are released well in advance by the College Board, and can be viewed on the website: http://sat.collegeboard.org.

Students can take up to three Subject Tests on one testing date. However, students cannot take the SAT and the SAT Subject Test on the same day. 

Fee Structure of SAT exam

The SAT costs Indian students $94.50 (there could be additional costs for extra services chosen by students). The Subject Tests cost lesser. 

Registration for SAT Exam

Candidates who are willing to take up the SAT test can register online at the College Board's website, by mail, or by telephone, at least three weeks before the test date.

Students in India are currently not permitted to take the tests without a valid passport. Before registering, students should ensure they will have a valid passport on the day of testing. Expired passports, or letters from the Passport Office stating the Passport is in process of being issued are not acceptable. Only those students carrying a valid passport to the test center will be allowed to take the test. 

Scoring Pattern for SAT

  • SAT 1- For SAT general test, the total SAT score is 2400. The 3 sections namely Writing, Reading and Mathematics are reported on a scale of 200 to 800. To ensure admission in a reputed college one should secure a SAT score of 500 in each section.
  • SAT 2- For SAT subject test, the total score is 2400. Here also the subjects are reported on a scale of 200 to 800.

The SAT is being redesigned, and the new exam will be administered for the first time in the spring of 2016. Students who plan to take their SAT in 2014 and 2015 will not get impacted by this redesign.

Some of the key changes in the redesigned test will be – using a 1600 point scoring scale, the essay becoming optional, no negative marking, and limited use of calculators. Those who would like to learn more about the redesigned SAT should visit: https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat

Which Countries accepts SAT score?

Countries which accept SAT exam score:-

  • USA
  • Singapore
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom

When's the Best Time to Take the SAT and Subject Tests?

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.

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