What is SAT

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The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That's why more than two million students take the SAT every year. Today's SAT is divided into two categories: SAT Reasoning Test, and, SAT Subjects Tests. SAT is held 6 times in a year: May, June, October, November, December and January. Most colleges require the SAT - Reasoning Test for admission and many other schools require both the SAT - Reasoning Test and SAT - Subject Test for admission purposes or placement. Additionally, some colleges require specific Subject Test tests while others allow you to choose which tests you take. So it is always better to check directly with the school.

Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing sub scores for multiple-choice and the essay. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories, and six times a year overseas.

SAT Structure

SAT consists of three major sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200-800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. The SAT is made up of multiple choice questions including verbal and mathematics, and the entire exam lasts approximately four hours.


SAT (SAT Reasoning Test or SAT subjects Test or both) is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.

  1. Indian students who have completed their 12 years of school education successfully from any recognised Indian board or university can take SAT for admission in the different streams available in to various American colleges.

  2. There are no criteria of minimum marks etc. for appearing in the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests, but several colleges need a good SAT score along with a good academic record.

  3. You can take the test as many times as you want. Your score report shows your current test score, in addition to scores for up to six SAT I and six Subject Test administrations. The total testing time for the SAT I is 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Benefits of a High SAT Score:

  1. A high SAT score will increase the chances of admission in top Business Schools.

  2. There are good chances of getting some kind of financial assistance with a high SAT score.

  3. Visa Officers also give weightage to high SAT scores while considering Visa applications.

How Important Are My Scores?o Each institution decides the importance of SAT scoreso The SAT is just one of many admissions requirements, it is not the only measureo Considerations made for international students:- Degree of English proficiency can affect testing- SAT was developed for students educated in the United States, and international students have different cultural and educational backgroundso See the college's website to know their standards