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What is SAT

what is sat

What is SAT?

SAT or Scholastic Aptitude Test is reasoning exam (Verbal and Quantitative) conducts to take admission into undergraduate programmes in US Colleges. One can take SAT only twice in his/her life. SAT scores are validated for 5 years, however colleges prefer most recent SAT scores.

What is Eligibility Criteria for SAT?

One must have completed 10 + 2from a recorginised instituation.

How to Apply for SAT?

College Board conducts SAT exam 6 to 7 times in a year in India (October, November, December, January, March, May and June). Application fees for Indian students is $40, however we suggests you to check latest fee + other charges at official site of College Board.
Online Application: Registration forms for Scholastic Aptitude Test can be filled on College Board’s website (https://www.collegeboard.org/).
Offline (By Mail): Students can send their duly filled form with Draft, Cheque, Money Order to College Board SAT Program, Princeton, New Jersey – 08541, USA.
Exam centres for SAT India: New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Cochin, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Kodaikanal, Mussoorie and Pune

What is SAT Exam pattern?

There are two SAT Exams.
SAT General Test (SAT-I): Total duration of SAT – I is 3 hours 45 minutes includes questions from Writing (grammar, usage and word choice), Reading (sentence completion, paragraph reading and reading comprehension) and Mathematics (Basic Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Statistics and Data Analysis).

SAT General Test Pattern:

  • Sentence Completion (18 to 20 questions)
  • Reading Comprehension (46 to 50 questions)


  • Error Identification (18 to 20 questions)
  • Sentence Improvement (24 to 26 questions)
  • Paragraph (5 to 8 paragraphs)


  • Multiple Choice (40 to 45 questions)
  • Subjective Questions (10 to 12 questions)

Mathematics Topics / Syllabus: Number and Operations: Arithmetic word problems (including percent, ratio, and proportion) ● Properties of integers (even, odd, prime numbers, divisibility, etc.) ● Rational numbers ● Sets (union, intersection, elements) ● Counting techniques ● Sequences and series (including exponential growth) ● Elementary number theory

Algebra and Functions:  Substitution and simplifying algebraic expressions ● Properties of exponents ● Algebraic word problems ● Solutions of linear equations and inequalities ● Systems of equations and inequalities ● Quadratic equations ● Rational and radical equations ● Equations of lines ● Absolute value ● Direct and inverse variation ● Concepts of algebraic functions ● Newly defined symbols based on commonly used operations

Geometry and Measurement: Area and perimeter of a polygon ● Area and circumference of a circle ● Volume of a box, cube, and cylinder ● Pythagorean Theorem and special properties of isosceles, equilateral, and right triangles ● Properties of parallel and perpendicular lines ● Coordinate geometry ● Geometric visualization ● Slope ● Similarity ● Transformations

Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability: Data interpretation (tables and graphs) ● Descriptive statistics (mean, median, and mode) ● Probability


This experimental section is extra and its scores are not included in final scores, questions in this section can be asked from Maths, Reading, writing.
SAT Subject test (SAT – II): SAT subject test is multiple choice exam and total duration for each subject exam is one hour. One need to take three subject test. Some colleges require three subject’s scores and some considers any two subject’s scores for admission.

SAT Subjects for SAT Subject Test are:

  • Literature
  • Biology Ecological / Molecular
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • US History
  • World History
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • French with Listening
  • German with Listening
  • Spanish with Listening
  • Chinese with Listening
  • Japanese with Listening
  • Korean with Listening

Total Score for SAT General test is 2400 and for SAT Subject test total score is also 2400.SAT Scoring:

Apart from USA SAT scores are also considers in many other countries’s top colleges like UK, India, Canada, Australia, Singapore.

SAT sample questions and Practice Papers:

SAT Courses:

Well almost all Indians apply for SAT for engineering but there are many other courses available through SAT. You should know all the courses and streams available through SAT.


SAT Colleges in India:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (All IITs)
  • International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad
  • Lovely Professional University, Punjab
  • Mahindra United World College of India
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology
  • National Institute of Technology Karnataka
  1. Colleges in USA that accepts admission through SAT
  2. SAT Colleges / Universities in other countries
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