What is the SAT?

The SAT, also known as Scholastic Assessment Test, is an entrance exam required by many colleges and universities to make the decision for admissions. The SAT is designed to evaluate the readiness of students to study in competitive undergrad schools. This is why the exam is given by school students before applying to the college.

The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil and paper test designed and administrated by the College Board.

Why SAT?

As per College Board, more than 2 million students in 175 countries and territories take the SAT every year. Most of the universities and colleges in USA require the SAT or ACT exam score for undergraduate applications. Admission is given based on factors like grades, essays, extra-curricular activities, and contribution to the community. The SAT score plays a critical role in attending a competitive undergraduate school/program.

When to take SAT?

SAT scores are valid for 5 years and required before you apply to the universities for an undergraduate degree. Students can start taking the SAT from 9th class onward, but most students in India prefer giving the SAT after their 10th exam, which we feel is a strategic approach.

Taking the SAT with good preparation after the 10th exam is better because the student gets more options to attempt the exam again to improve scores. If the first attempt is a success, then this timeframe provides more time for the student to prepare for other exams and profile building.

SAT exam dates are available nationally every year in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June.

How to Prepare for the SAT?

SAT is broadly categorized into two main sections:

  • Math
    • Math, no calculator: 20 questions, 25 minutes
    • Math, with calculator: 38 questions, 35 minutes
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading: 52 questions, 65 minutes
    • Writing & Language: 44 questions, 35 minutes
    • Essay (optional): 1 question, 50 minutes

The SAT includes an optional Essay section, which is scored and reported separately from the overall test score. The Essay section is not mandatory for all students as it is not required by all colleges and universities, though it may be required by some. It is always wise to speak with your Study Abroad counsellor to find out which colleges you are interested in might require this section so you can prepare accordingly.

The SAT exam is a 3 hours long test. If a student chooses to give the essay also, then the total time goes to 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Each section of SAT is scored on a point scale of 200 – 800 points with the total score being the sum of sectional scores. A candidate can score a maximum of 1600 score for SAT. The Essay score will be separate from the total score.

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