SAT Exam

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SAT Exam

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. 


Due to Covid-19, many test centres are filing students with less than full capacity. Before you register for the SAT exam, make sure to check the availability of slot in the test centre. If there is no centre close to you, you can choose the option of ‘Let the College Board find a seat near me’. Possibly, test centres can reduce or cancel the capacity of students in their location on short notice. In such a case, students will be informed on their email address that you must regularly check.

Exam Name Scholastic Aptitude Test
SAT Exam Eligibility No specific eligibility or age limits. One should
Conducting Body College Board
Exam Mode Offline
SAT Exam Registration Online and Mail
SAT Exam Fee $104 [INR 7,700] *includes the Regional Fee
Fee with Essay (Discontinued) $117 [INR 8,680] *includes the Regional Fee
SAT Subject Test Fee $26 [INR 1,930] Registration Charges + $22 (INR 1,633) For Every Subject + Regional Fee for India [$49]*
Score Scale 400-1600

Note: SAT College Board has recently discontinued the SAT Subject Test and SAT Essay.

Why take 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

SAT is conducted by College Board and there are two types of SAT exams. The first test is the general test that is developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. The second test, SAT 2 is a subject test. It is used to demonstrate your knowledge of a particular subject. 


Although both SAT and ACT are for those who want to pursue higher education from the USA, there are some features that are uncommon. Here are the major differences between SAT and ACT:

Details SAT ACT
Sections Reading, Maths, Writing and Language Test Reading, Science, Maths, and English Test
Exam Duration 3 Hours 2 hours and 55 Minutes + 40 Minutes [Optional Essay]
Total Questions  154 215
Number of Score Reports Unlimited Only 20
Score Scale 400-1600 1-36
Registration Deadlines  4 weeks before the test 5 weeks before the test
Free Mock Tests 8 downloadable, with scoring Only 1

SAT Exam in Detail

There were 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 assessed a candidate’s command over a particular subject. Recently, the official board of SAT (College Board) has decided to discontinue the SAT Subject Test. Below, we have discussed the SAT General Paper in detail, have a look:

Details SAT General
Duration 3 Hours + 50 Minutes for Essay [Optional]
Questions 154
Language of Paper English
Sections Reading, Maths, and Writing
Frequency 5 times a year
Negative Marking NA
Score Scale 400-1600

When to take SAT?

You can take an SAT exam after you have completed your class 12th. If you are applying for an undergraduate course at an abroad university, you must take an SAT exam. SAT is accepted in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.


The SAT exam is a 3-hour long test excluding the duration of the essay. The essay exam takes an extra 50 minutes. 

SAT Exam Dates 2021

The SAT exam dates for the year 2021 are- 

SAT Exam Dates Registration Deadline
August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022

SAT Exam Eligibility

SAT Exam is for students who are planning to study abroad after the completion of Class 12. There is no specific eligibility for students taking the exam.

  • There is no age limit to taking SAT exam
  • Those who are applying for graduation in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Netherlands or UK should take the test.
  • Only those who are planning to take undergraduate courses should apply for the SAT exam.

SAT Registration

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

Admission Ticket

Once you have successfully registered for the SAT exam, you must log in to your account on the official website. After that, you can download the SAT admission ticket. Once you have downloaded it, you must check your credentials on the admission ticket and get any mistake rectified. 

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:

Section Duration  Questions
Reading 65 minutes 52
Writing 35 minutes  44
Maths  80 minutes  58


SAT Slot Booking 

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. 

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.

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 $55 [INR 4,081]. 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 $104 [INR 7700]. 
  • For the SAT subject test, candidates will have to pay an additional fee of $26 [INR 1,900] per subject

SAT Cancellation Fees

The cancellation fees for SAT exam is extremely problematic as you receive no refund after five days before the exam and even if students do receive a refund, the amount is only $10. So, we advise you to instead go for a date change instead of cancelling your exam.

SAT Rescheduling Fees

If you wish to reschedule your exam, you need to pay extra $30 to avail the service. Students also need to pay $30 if they wish to change their SAT exam to SAT Subject Test. Here are the rescheduling fees you should know:

Change Test Centre $30
Late Registration Fees $30
Registering by Phone $15
Waitlist Fees $53

SAT Subject Fees

The subject fees for all the exams are as follows:

Registration fees $26
Each SAT Subject Test $22 per test
Language Test with listening $26 per test

Note: SAT College Board has recently discontinued the SAT Subject Test and SAT Essay; this section is just for the information

How to get a fee waiver on SAT?

You can an SAT fee waiver if you are a US citizen belonging to Class 11th or Class 12th. This is applicable to US citizens who are residing in US territories or outside it as well. SAT subject test waiver is available for students from class 9th to 12th. 

SAT Scores 

The SAT exam is bifurcated into two sections 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 to 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.

How to Check the SAT Results and Score? 

As the SAT results are scores are announced within three weeks from the exam date, candidates can check their results on the official website of the College Board. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting your SAT results and score online: 

  • Visit the official website of the College and sign in with your user ID and password. 
  • Go to ‘My Organizer’ section
  • Click on ‘SAT scores’
  • You will be redirected to another page where you need to click on ‘Assess my scores’
  • The candidate needs to enter their user credentials again and then and visit ‘my test scores’ section
  • The SAT scorecard will appear on the screen. This scorecard will show your overall score, sectional score, subscore, essay score as well as the percentile score. 

If you registered for the SAT by mail, then you will receive your SAT results and scorecard through the same. You can also get your SAT scores by phone on the day when the results and score are released but you will be required to submit an extra fee.

Score Range of SAT

SAT Score Range is between 400-1600 while the section-wise range is 200-800. After checking your scores on the College Board, you can send your SAT results and score to your chosen colleges and universities. If you are not satisfied with the SAT results and score, then you can simply opt for “score verification” or you can cancel the scores by clicking on “score cancellation” and your results will not be sent to the respective universities.

SAT Cut Off

There is no specific cut off for SAT provided by College Board. However, colleges and universities require the score to fall within a certain range to be eligible to apply. However, if you have a stellar profile, an low SAT score can be accepted. 

SAT Superscoring

It is a well-known fact that you can take the SAT test as many times as you want. Normally, everyone would think that you can submit scores from the exam you score best in. But the SAT superscoring method takes that stress off the students by making them convenient in score submission. SAT superscore is the sum of your highest scores in each test section. Basically, it means that if you take two tests, then you can take the highest scores from the respective sessions which makes your composite score.

For instance, your SAT scores from the previous two attempts are as follows:

  1. English: 30, Reading: 29, Math: 31, Writing: 9
  2. English: 33, Reading: 27, Math: 30, Writing: 10

SAT Syllabus

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.

Sections Syllabus
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 (Discontinued) In this, candidates will have to read a passage, examine how the author builds an argument, and write an essay on the same. 

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. 

Preparation Tips

The SAT exam comprises 3 main sections like Reading, Mathematics, Writing as well as an optional section of the essay. To obtain a higher score, it is important to target each section individually.

  • Make a plan for each SAT section
  • Approach easier questions first
  • Take as many SAT practice tests as possible before the exam
  • Know your mistakes and weaknesses and work on them
  • Eliminate wrong answers first
  • Read passages in SAT reading with interest and then answer
  • Highlight the important parts in the question before answering
  • Use the assess and analyze in SAT writing
  • Do the difficult questions later
  • Fill the bubbles in the sheet after completing the section and mark the answers booklet first.
  • Memorize useful facts for SAT section
  • Try finding your own answers for SAT Reading and then cross-check.
  • Master your grammar basics
  • Skip questions if they are taking too much time
  • Most importantly, stay calm throughout and answer questions by double-checking

SAT Scholarships

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. 


Do universities in India accept SAT scores?

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.

Which Indian Universities accept SAT Subject Test scores?

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.

Can I get Scholarships through SAT scores?

Yes, but only if you secure a minimum score as prescribed by the organisation or institute offering the SAT scholarships.

What is the validity of SAT score?

SAT scores are valid for 5 years.

To how many universities can you send your SAT scores?

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.

These tips will help you get a good score on the SAT exam thus landing you into your dream college. If you are confused about how to tackle the exam, then don’t worry! Enroll in Leverage Edu‘s Online Classes where you’ll get to study from domain-experts, practice innumerable mock tests, and get your doubts cleared through one-on-one sessions!

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