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SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

SAT Overview

The SAT Reasoning test was formerly known as Scholastic Aptidue Test and Scholastic Assessment Test.

This is a standardized test for undergraduate college admissions in the United States. Many US & Canadian universities use this test for their undergraduate admission process. The SAT is owned , published, and developed by the college board, a non- profit organization in the united states and was once developed , published, and scored by the Educational testing service(ETS).ETS now administers exam .SAT consist of the general SAT reasoning test and SAT subject test.

SAT Format

SAT consist of the general SAT Reasoning Test and SAT subject Test.


The SAT Reasoning Test is three hours and 45 minutes long and measures skills in three areas: critical reading, math, and writing. Although most questions are multiple choice, students are also required to write a 25- minute essay. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college – skills that students learned in high school.

The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom – including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges. It’s also one of the best predictors of how well students will do in college.

Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing sub scores for multiple- choice questions and the essay.

The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay, and the last section is always a 10- minute multiple – choice writing section .Sections two through seven are 25- minute selections. Sections eight and nine are 20- minute sections. Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (mathematics, critical, reading, and writing). The SAT Reasoning Test is the nation’s most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities.


The SAT subject Tests are one – hour, mostly multiple choice tests in specific subjects. These tests measure knowledge of particular subject sand the ability to apply that knowledge. Students take the subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language .Many colleges use the subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advice students about course selection. This is used in combination with other background information (student’s high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc), they provide a dependable measure of the students academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance

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Why is the SAT important for college admissions?

Colleges and Universities use different criterion during the admission process, the SAT being one of them. The test score is an important parameter that institutions evaluate while processing your application for admission, in order to understand you better.

What is the set duration for the SAT?

The SAT consists of 2 main sections:

  • A 65-minute Reading section
  • One 35-minute Writing & Language section
  • One 25-minute Mathematics (No Calculator) section
  • A 55-minute Mathematics (Calculator) section
  • A 50-minute essay (optional)

Total test time: 3 hours and 50 minutes (3 hours without essay).

How is the SAT scored?

SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600 (200-800 for Reading & Writing and 200-800 for Maths).

How many times should I take the SAT?

Preparation is the key. Most students may take the SAT once or twice. SAT is conducted 6 times in India (in US, its conducted in March as well, hence 7 times in US). Students may appear for SAT as many times as they wish in a given year, but we recommend that you prepare well before appearing for the exam as there is no evidence that taking the SAT multiple times significantly improves your score.

How many times is the SAT conducted every year?

6 times (Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec). The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is usually taken on the last Saturday).