All About The SAT Test

With hard-hitting competition all-around, getting into an eminent Engineering Institution or an IIT becomes a challenging task. In such a scenario, it is wise to have a plan of pursuing a similar degree from one of the top ranked institutions in the US which will open a world of opportunities for you. Enhance your chances of getting into Ivy Leagues or one of the top 100 Universities in the US by taking the SAT test.

This is open for all the aspirants who want to pursue their Bachelors in US in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Pure Sciences, Business, Arts, Hospitality etc.

What is SAT?

You must be knowing that SAT is a fee-based standardized test for those seeking College Admissions in the United States. It is managed by College Board, US and developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The SAT admission test is accepted by all the U.S. colleges. By gaining excellent SAT test scores you can receive College Application Fee Waivers, and brighten the chances for admission, scholarships and financial aid from colleges and universities.

 Full Name of Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Conducted by

College Board

Validity of scores

5 years

Exam Fee

$109 with Essay  and  $95 without Essay

Exam Centers in India

Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi, Pune

SAT Exam is conducted four times a year

March, May, October & December

The sections and the scoring

Regular SAT Tests

Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics


400 to 1600, with each of the two sections coming up to 800 points

SAT Subject Tests

Mathematics, Science, and History


The new SAT was administered for the first time in 2016 with a greater focus on evaluating the skills and knowledge of the students that matter most for college readiness and success. 


Total Score

1600 Marks

Total Duration

3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

800 marks

Reading Test – 65 mins (52 Standard Multiple Choice Questions)

Writing and Language Test – 35 mins (44 Standard Multiple Choice Questions).

  • Math- 800 marks

No Calculator Usage – 25 mins (20 Questions)

With Calculator Usage- 55 mins (38 Questions)

  • Essay (optional)

1 Evidence-Based Essay- 50 mins

2 to 8 scale score

No Negative Marking

The best part about SAT is you simply earn points for the questions you answer correctly and there’s no penalty for guessing. So go ahead and pick your best choice for every question—don’t leave them blank.

Important Features

  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater stress on the meaning of words in comprehensive contexts and on the word choice influencing the meaning, tone, and effect


  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills
  •  Students produce a written analysis of a provided source text

Score Reporting

Scale ranging from 400 to 1600

200 to 800

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

200 to 800


2 to 8

on each of three dimensions for Essay

*Essay results reported separately

Sub score Reporting

Sub scores are provided for every test

So you see the SAT is a significant test which can have a great impact on your future. Preparing for the SAT involves a lot of time and hard work. In order to deliver your best on the SAT, it’s essential that you take it as an opportunity instead of a hurdle in your way.

Learn the essential skills and gain knowledge required for the test, get familiar with the test pattern, practice in smart ways, and do your best to score the best.