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Scholastic Aptitude Test(SAT)

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

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Eligibility Criteria

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) does not have a fixed eligibility criterion. Students can apply directly after their class 11 or 12, the thing to keep in mind is the application deadline for your desired college/university and the required SAT score to get into them. As part of additional documentation, you might need transcripts, recommendations from faculty members, grade points, etc.

Mode of Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test is a Pen-Paper-based Test with 154 questions (without essay), duration of 180 minutes (without essay) and test language being English.

Fee Structure

REGISTRATION FEES

TESTFEE
SAT$49.50 (Fee Waiver available)
SAT with ESSAY$64.50 (Fee Waiver available)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TITLEINFORMATIONFEE 
Late registration feeRegistration after the passed deadline$30
Change feeIn case if the test center or test date is changed$30
Register by phoneOnly available if you've registered previously$15
Additional Score ReportIf applying for scorecards outside of 4 available by default$12 (fee waiver available)


Exam Pattern

Reading and Writing Section - All questions are Objective

Math (with/without a calculator) - Questions are both Subjective and Objective

SECTIONNo. OF QUESTIONSTIME LIMITSCORE RANGE
EVIDENCE-BASED READING5265

READING + WRITING & LANGUAGE

200 - 800

EVIDENCE-BASED WRITING & LANGUAGE4435

READING + WRITING & LANGUAGE

200 - 800

MATH (WITHOUT CALCULATOR)2025

MATH(WITH AND WITHOUT CALCULATOR

200 - 800

MATH (WITH CALCULATOR)3855

MATH(WITH AND WITHOUT CALCULATOR

200 - 800

ESSAY (OPTIONAL)1502 - 8
TOTAL154 (155 WITH ESSAY)180 (230 WITH ESSAY)400 -1600

Exam Syllabus

SECTION 1: READING

Reading consists of either short or long passages, based on 4 broad themes namely:

  1. Classic or contemporary work of literature. (1 long passage)
  2. US founding document or text. (1 long passage or 2 short passages)
  3. Economics, Sociology, Psychology, or other Social Science. (1 long passage)
  4. Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Earth Science. (1 long passage and 2 short passages or 2 long passages) 

Short passages are about 350 words long whereas, long passages are about 500 - 700 words long.

SECTION 2: WRITING & LANGUAGE

Writing section is distributed into 4 passages up to 450 words long which then contains several sub-passages, with each passage based on a broad theme namely:

  1. Sciences
  2. Careers
  3. Social Studies
  4. Humanities

Writing section is designed to test candidate's knowledge of grammar rules such as subject-verb agreement, parallelism, modifiers, pronouns, comparisons, idioms, conjunctions, verb tense and mood, punctuation, sentence structure and stylistic errors, frequently misused words, frequently ignored grammar principles, etc., and also test candidate's ability to detect and fix incoherencies in a passage such as finding grammatical violations and providing solutions to fix them, finding stylistic and grammatical weakness, understanding a passage's components and improving author's expression of ideas. etc. 

SECTION 2: MATH

Math is distributed into 4 broad categories namely:

  1. Heart of Algebra
  2. Problem Solving and Data Analysis
  3. Passport to Advanced Math
  4. Additional Topics in Math

which are then broadly categorized into sub-categories, such as:

  1. Number properties
  2. Equations
  3. Other Algebraic Expressions
  4. Word problems
  5. Statistics
  6. Data Interpretation
  7. Planar Geometry
  8. 3-dimensional geometry
  9. Coordinate geometry
  10. Trigonometry
  11. Complex numbers
  12. Functions
  13. Interpreting graphical models
  14. Conic sections
  15. Logic problems
  16. Estimation
  17. Miscellaneous word problems

SECTION 4: ESSAY (OPTIONAL)

A 650-750 words long passage stating an issue by the author will be given, where the candidate's job is to analyze the passage and describe the theory behind the author's build-up of the argument. Other aspects that can also be seen in the passage are the author's claims, use of evidence, reasoning, style, etc.

Future Prospects

One of the benefits you can avail with a good SAT score is Scholarships. A good SAT score opens an access portal to tuition fee waivers with ease. Better the score, more fruit of benefit you get to bear. Almost all United States universities/colleges accepts a good SAT score without any hassle, hence, chances of you getting admitted to a well-reputed university get higher which also are directly proportional to better opportunities at the time of recruitment. 

Where to register for SAT ?

Official website:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register