About SAT

The SAT (es-ay-tee) is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, not-for-profit Corporation in the United States and is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college and the challenges that come with it.

The current SAT, introduced in 2016, costs roughly US$52.50 (up to US$101.5 outside of the United States), excluding late fees. Possible scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: Mathematics and Critical reading and Writing. Taking the SAT or its competitor, the ACT, is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, universities in the United States.

Most colleges in the USA require an undergrad applicant to submit either the SAT or the ACT score. In many other countries, several colleges either accept or require SAT scores for undergraduate admissions. While admissions committees do consider other factors: including grades, transcripts, essays, extra-curricular activities, and contribution to the community, the SAT score is a critical criterion to get into a competitive undergrad school.
The New SAT

In 2016 we got big changes in the SAT. The content and the test structure of the New SAT are very different from those for the SAT administered till January 2016.

SectionTestDurationNumber of Question
Evidence-based Reading and WritingReading65 Minutes52
Writing and Language35 Minutes44
MathMathCalculator not allowed25 Minutes20
Calculator allowed55 Minutes38
Total230 Minutes154
EssayOptional50 Minutes1 Task
Taking the SAT

In India, the New SAT will be offered on 6 days in January, May, June, October, November and December. You can take either the SAT or 3 SAT Subject tests in one test administration.
March/ April administration doesn’t take place in India.