Home / SAT / Know Everything About SAT Exam
know all about SAT exam

Know Everything About SAT Exam

About SAT

  • SAT is a Scholastic Aptitude Test which was introduced in 1926 for the first time.
  • Internationally recognized test
  • English Language is required
  • Developed by College Board and administered by Educational Testing Service.
  • Used to assess the students before they enter into the college.
  • Test is taken to get admission to Undergraduate programs of universities or colleges.
  • Examines the skills of the students that they gained during their school and will use in college.
  • Held 7 times annually (October, November, December, January, March, May and June)

Why SAT?

To get admission into the Undergraduate program in the university and college of US, a candidate has to take the SAT exam.

Eligibility Criteria

There is not any particular eligibility criteria for SAT. Usually it is taken by the students of high school, 11th or 12th standard, in India. Making a rough idea, students possessing 17 or 18 years of age appear in this test. But this is not a gauge or a requirement for SAT.

SAT Test Structure

SAT consists of 3 major modules. It tests the following skills of an individual:

  1. Critical Reading
  2. Mathematics
  3. Writing

Each major sections possess further 10 subsections including one additional 25-minutes equating or experimental section. The questions can be easy, moderate or difficult. It has been found that the easier questions mostly appear in the beginning of the exam whereas the difficult ones at the end. It is not always true but it is a thumb rule which has been observed. Each section is marked on the scale of 200–800.

The Critical Reading section

Critical Reading Section of SAT consists of 3 sections:

  1. Two 25-minute sections
  2. One 20-minute section
    Total 70 minutes

Carries various questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages.

The Mathematics section

Mathematics section of the SAT, also known as the Quantitative Section demands calculation. It also consists of 3 sections:

  1. Two 25-minute sections (Multiple choice questions plus grid-in questions)
  2. One 20-minute section (Only multiple choice questions)
    Total 70 minutes

There will be negative marking only for multiple choice questions, but not for grid-in questions

Note: Only Graphing, Four-function, Computer Algebra System (CAS) and Scientific calculators are permitted .

The Writing Section

The Writing section consists of two sub-sections:

  1. Essay (25 minutes)
  2. Multiple-choice questions (35 minutes)
  3. Total 60 minutes

Multiple choice questions include include error-identification questions, sentence-improvement questions, and paragraph-improvement questions.

Time allotment

You will be allotted 3 hours and 45 minutes (225 minutes in total) to complete the test.


SAT test fees is US$52.5 to US$101.5, varies from country to country

SAT Scores

For each section, a candidate is graded on the scale of 200-800. Scores of all sections are multiples of 10 whereas essays are marked on scale 0-12. Total marks are given by aggregating all the scores of three sections. There is also a percentile linked with the scores. Raw scores will also be provided with real scores that will tell you about the points that you earned from correct answers and lost due to wrong ones. The highest possible score in each section is 800, making the total 2400 as topmost score.


SAT results are declared approximately three weeks after test.

SAT Preparation

SAT test is taken by all those students who wish to approach US for their their undergraduate degree. There are numerous SAT Coaching institutes in Chandigarh that offer top-class coaching. All these institutes follow different methods of teaching and the main motive is to direct the students to attain their goal. But research properly and find the best institute for you.

About Navjot Kaur

Being a blogger and an education counselor, I enjoy helping and guiding students regarding education and career planning. In this blog, we have tried contributing all relevant information required by students. I assist students in making prudent career decisions.

Check Also

sat EXAM

How to Clear SAT?

SAT or the Scholastic Aptitude Test determines the skills of candidates according to the critical …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *