SAT-Scholastic Aptitude Test

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College Board


SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission in undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.
Applicants to undergraduate courses, particularly in US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages.
SAT prep is similar to other exams in the sense that you can either take the route of self-studying or attend coaching classes. For self-study you need motivation and self-discipline, to continue with the routine. This method will definitely help you save lots of time and money. However, if you feel you learn best in a classroom environment, then attending coaching classes is not a bad deal.

SAT exam is of two types:
SAT – The SAT exam tests the knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects which are taught every day in high schools. It is a 3 hour 45 minutes long test. Most students start preparing for the SAT during their class 11, and take the exam during their class 12. SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning; it tests the skills students learn at school, which are important and will stay with the student for a lifetime.
Subject Test – Subject tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where they excel. These tests are in the following areas: English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Languages. Some colleges might ask students to take subject tests or might not. Students should research properly to determine whether the colleges they are applying to require subject tests as part of the application.

Exam Fees

$52.5 (approx.) plus $42 (Non-U.S. Regional Fee)
For subject tests, an additional $26 as basic subject test fee
For SAT subject tests, some additional fee might be required.

Exam Pattern

SAT exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Math, Reading, and Writing. There is an optional section which is called the Essay, which has one 50 minutes long substantial passage from which the student needs to build their argument.

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The SAT 2018 test (Reasoning) consists of three sub-sections.
Those are-1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing-
Reading Test – The questions asked in this section are based on either short passage reading or long passage reading. It essentially measures a candidate’s strength in English vocabulary. According to the SAT syllabus 2018, the time allotted to this section is 65 minutes for attempting 52 questions. All Reading test questions are multiple choice and strictly based on passages. Informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts, accompany some passages for pictorial representation but no math is required in this section. The Reading section always includes-
One passage from a classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
One passage or a pair of passages from either a U.S. founding document or a text in the SATat Global Conversation they inspired. The U.S. Constitution or a speech by Nelson Mandela, to cite an example.
A selection of economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science.
Two science passages (or one passage and one passage pair) that examine foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics.

Writing and Language Test -This section involves an essay and multiple choice questions to test candidates’ grasp over grammar and usage. Candidates need to focus on improving sentences, structure and approach; have a sound knowledge of the subject and verb aSATement, noun aSATement and parallelism etc. The grammar section involves usage of pronouns, incorrect comparisons, conjunctions, misplaced modifiers and punctuation as well. This section is allotted 35 minutes and consists of 44 questions. The passages range from arguments to non-fiction narratives and mostly is about careers, history, social studies, the humanities, and science.
2. Math – This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. Besides, the syllabus includes mean, median and mode, ratios, direct and indirect variation. The candidate can also expect to be asked questions on probability, combination and permutation and patterns and sequences. As per the SAT test pattern 2018, test takers will be given 80 minutes to solve 58 questions. The Math section is broadly divided into two segments: Math Test– With Calculator and Math Test– Without Calculator.
3. Essay (optional) – The essay is given at the end of the SAT test; mostly postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission. It evaluates reading, analysis, and writing skills of the test takers as the need to produce a written analysis of a provided source text. Time given to complete the task is 50 minutes. The Essay scores are reported separately. As per the syllabus of SAT 2018, one needs to read a passage, explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience and finally support his/her explanation with evidence from the passage.


International SAT Test Date Registration Deadline SAT Score Release Date
October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 October 19-21, 2018
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 December 14-16, 2018
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 March 22-24, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 May 17-19, 2019

Application Form

How to register online

It’s a good idea to plan ahead—and get comfy—before you start to register.

  1. Sign in to your free College Board account. Your parent or counselor can’t register for you.
  2. Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Make sure it’s the exact same name and information shown on your photo ID.
  3. Decide if you want to answer other questions about yourself. This takes time, but it’s worth it if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you.
  4. Decide whether to sign up for the SAT with Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
  5. Upload a photo that meets very specific photo requirements.
  6. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.