SAT – Standardized Admissions Test

What is SAT?

The Standardized Admissions Test (SAT) tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life.

The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.

The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.

The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.


There are 2 kinds of SAT Exams - General test and Subject test. The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 2400. The SAT I score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school he/she desires.

SAT General Test or SAT I has three sections – Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The following is the test structure.




2 sections of 25 minutes each and 1 section of 20 minutes

Content – Number & Operations; Probability; Data Analysis; Algebra & Function; Geometry; Statistics

Scoring – 200-800 points

2 sections of 25 minutes each and 1 section of 20 minutes

Content – Reading Comprehension; sentence

Completions; paragraph-length critical reading
Scoring – 200-800 points
1 section of 60 minutes

Content – Improving sentences; improving

Paragraphs; identifying sentence errors; essay
Scoring – 200-800 points

SAT Subject Test or SAT II
Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take SAT Subject Test.


The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths Level 1, Maths Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.



How is the SAT Scored?

Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You’ll also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.

 But how do you get these scores? Two steps happen before you see a final score.

 First, we figure out your raw score by:

Adding points for correct answers.

Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers.

 Remember: Questions that you skipped don’t count either for or against your score, and points aren’t taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where you needed to enter the answer into a grid.

 Then we take your raw score and turn it into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, and it is done through a statistical process called “equating.” This process makes it possible to compare your score with the scores of other students who took alternative versions of the test, and to your own scores on previous tests.


What is the unscored section of the SAT?

 Every SAT exam includes an extra 25 minute section of critical reading, mathematics or writing based on multiple choice questions. This section does not cont towards your score. The unscored section is typically put for the development of the SAT exam to make sure that the future exams are fair for students from different backgrounds.


What is the cost/registration fee for SAT?
The registration fee for taking SAT I is USD 51.

How many times in a year is SAT exam held?

Both SAT II and SAT I are offered 6 times a year in India. They are offered in May, June, October, November, December and January.One cannot take SAT I and SAT II on the same day. Also, only 3 SAT IIs can be taken on one day.

How many times can I take SAT?

SAT can be taken any number of times but it is advised not to as it may affect an applicant’s candidature.

What is the validity of the SAT exam?

Your SAT score will be valid for 5 years after from the date the test was taken

What is the scoring pattern?

SAT I: Scoring is between 600 (Minimum) and 2400 (Maximum) with 10-point increment. Three scores are reported on the SAT I:

    Critical Reading score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments
    Mathematics score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments
    Writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments

SAT II: Each SAT II is scored between 200 (Minimum) and 800 (Maximum) with 10-point increment.