For every high school student, who wants to study in the USA, the SAT exam is the first step towards fulfilling their dreams! Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT, which is conducted by the College Board, is one of the most popular exams to study abroad. It measures a student’s eagerness and academic inquisitiveness and helps colleges in comparing the applicants for a particular course. Along with the SAT scores, your high school GPA, subjects, extra-curricular activities, personal essays and letters of recommendation [LOR] are also assessed. In this blog, we will explore why the SAT exam is important, what subjects it consists of as well as major tips that can help you crack SAT with good scores.
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Before we delve deep into the details pertaining to this exam, let us go through the key highlights of the SAT exam.
|Exam Name||Scholastic Aptitude Test|
|SAT Exam Eligibility||No specific eligibility or age limits. One should|
|Conducting Body||College Board|
|SAT Exam Registration||Online and Mail|
|SAT Exam Fee||$49.5 + Regional Fee for India [$49]*|
|Fee with Essay||$64.50 + Regional Fee for India [$49]*|
|SAT Subject Test Fee||$26 Registration Charges + $22 For Every Subject + Regional Fee for India [$49]*|
*Refer to the below mentioned sections for the INR conversion
The SAT exam dates for the year 2021 are-
|SAT Exam Dates||Type||Registration Deadline|
|March 13, 2021||SAT Test||February 12, 2021|
|May 8, 2021||SAT Test|
SAT Subject Test
|April 8, 2021|
|June 5, 2021||SAT Test|
SAT Subject Test
|May 6, 2021|
Why Should You Give the SAT Exam?
While there are numerous exams to study abroad, the SAT is beneficial in many ways. Here we have listed the major reasons why you should appear for the SAT exam:
- Opens a gateway to pursue undergradute programs in American and Candian Universities.
- You can apply for a scholarship through your SAT score. This helps you explore different options for paying your college tuition fee.
- Furthermore, there are certain job opportunities that also take the SAT scores into consideration.
Types of SAT Exams
There are majorly two types of SAT exams, SAT General and SAT Subject Test. While the former examines a candidate’s Reading, Writing, and Mathematical skills, the latter assesses a candidate’s command over a particular subject. The prospective student can choose one from a range of 20 subjects. The major differences have been given a rundown below.
|Details||SAT General||SAT Subject Test|
|Duration||3 Hours + 50 Minutes for Essay [Optional]||1 Hour|
|Sections||Reading, Maths, and Writing||1 Subject|
|Frequency||7 times a year||6 times a year [However, not all subjects are offered on every date available]|
|Negative Marking||NA||A fraction of a point|
SAT Exam Pattern
The duration of the paper is 3 hours and the exam tests your writing, mathematical, and reading abilities. Each section in the SAT has a score range of 200-800 points. The final score consists of scores from all sections that may vary from 400 to 1600. However, the writing section is marked on a range of 0-24 and may vary incrementally. Here is a table that outlines the necessary information about the different sections of the SAT exam:
|Essay (optional)||50 minutes||–|
The SAT syllabus assesses a candidate’s ability on various fronts. It primarily focuses on knowledge or skills which you have garnered at the school level.
|Reading||1. Classic or Contemporary work [US/World Literature]|
2. Passage on Social Science/Economics/Psychology/Sociology
3. Passages Based on BiPC Subjects[Biology, Physics, Chemistry] or Earth Science
4. Global Conversations/US Founding Documents based passages
|Maths||Algebra, Data Analysis and Problem Solving, Advanced Maths [Quadratic Equations, Rational Exponents and Radicals, etc.], Other Topics.|
|Writing and Language||The candidates have to read and edit the passages which are generally Humanities, Social Science, Commerce, and Science-based.|
|SAT Essay||In this, candidates will have to read a passage, examine how the author builds an argument, and write an essay on the same.|
You can register for the SAT exam either online or by mail. For the online process, you have to make an account on the College Board website and fill all the requisite personal and academic details. On the other hand, only those who fulfil the following criteria are can apply through mail:
- If you are selecting a Sunday exam date for the first time and will be making the payment through check/money order.
- 16 years or below.
- Facing issues in uploading photo through the online route
- Registering through a representative.
The SAT exam is held from October to January internationally mainly on Saturdays. It is highly recommended to secure your SAT exam dates early in order to avoid any hassles at the last minute.
Since only a handful of seats are available at the SAT test centres in India, candidates are advised to book their slots timely and in advance to avoid any end moment discrepancies.
Cancelling the SAT Exam
Candidates are eligible for cancelling their SAT test but in no case they will be entitled to a full refund. Only the candidates who cancel their test in 5 days advance will be eligible for reimbursement of $10 as a refund.
Rescheduling SAT Exam
When it comes to postponing or rescheduling your SAT exam, candidates are free to choose States as per their convenience. An additional fee of $30 will be charged from those who wish to reschedule their test date. In order to change the SAT exam date, candidates can log in into their official accounts and draft a request for cancellation.
SAT Exam Fee
Just as other competitive exams, the SAT Exam in India also holds a registration fee that is to be paid mandatorily. For all those who are looking forward to appearing for the test, let us understand the breakdown of examination fee for this test-
- The SAT exam fee is $52 [INR 3,800]. In addition to this, Indian candidates will have to pay a non-US regional fee of $49 [INR 3600], which means the total exam fee for Indian nationals is $101 [INR 7600].
- The exam fee for the SAT test with an essay is $68 [INR 5,000]. Along with which the Indian students will have to pay the non-US regional fee of $49 [INR 3600], the total fee in this combination will be $117 [INR 8,400].
- For the SAT subject test, candidates will have to pay an additional fee of $26 [INR 1,900] per subject
- Candidates may be charged a little extra for SAT Subject tests
The SAT exam is bifurcated into two sections such as Reading & Writing and Mathematics when it comes to examining the answers. On a scale of 200-800 both sections are analysed and together they add up as a total of 1600. The SAT subject test scores are also measured on the same scale of 200-800. along with this there is an additional subscore report card of 20-80.
Majority of the times students different from opting to study abroad due to skyrocketing tuition fees of Institutions of abroad. This when combined with the living expenses becomes difficult to manage. In such cases, instead of settling down for alternative options, one can fulfil their dream of studying abroad with the help of scholarships. There are a variety of SAT scholarships available across the globe. As per your SAT score, you can apply for the scholarships and make your way through your dream university.
How to Prepare for the SAT?
For attaining good scores in the SAT exam, you should prepare in advance along with keeping the following tips in mind:
- Begin by answering the questions you know. Attempting to answer questions that you are not familiar with may result in a loss of time.
- Read the section-wise directions thoroughly before attempting a specific section.
- Since there is no negative marking in the SAT exam, try not to leave out questions and answer even the difficult ones with the best possible guess.
- Read each and every part questions carefully. Being confident is good but being overconfident may result in silly mistakes that can easily be avoided.
SAT vs ACT
Although both SAT and ACT are for those who want to pursue higher education from USA, there are some features which are uncommon. Here are the major differences between SAT and ACT:
|Sections||Reading, Maths, Writing and Language Test||Reading, Science, Maths, and English Test|
|Exam Duration||3 Hours + 50 MInutes [Optional Essay]||2 Hours and 55 Minutes + 40 Minutes [Optional Essay]|
|Number of Score Reports||Unlimited||Only 20|
|Registration Deadlines||4 weeks before the test||5 weeks before the test|
|Free Mock Tests||8 downloadable, with scoring||Only 1|
Yes, many Indian universities accept SAT scores for admissions. Some of them are SVKM’s NMIMS, Ahemdabad University, Azim Premji University, FLAME University, Indian School of Business and Finance, BML Munjal University, Manav Rachna, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, etc.
Some of the leading Indian institutes accepting SAT Subject scores are Delhi Technological University, IIIT Allahabad, IIIT Delhi, Indian Maritime University, NIT Karnataka, NIT Delhi, NIT Goa, S P Jain School of Global Management, etc.
Yes, but only if you secure a minimum score as prescribed by the organisation or institute offering the SAT scholarships.
SAT scores are valid for 5 years.
You can send your SAT scores to 4 universities for free every time you register for SAT. However, if you want to send scores after they are released, you’ll have to pay a fee. This is not for those who are eligible for a SAT fee waiver scheme.
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