ALL ABOUT THE SAT EXAM

WHAT IS SAT REASONING TEST?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE THE SAT TEST?

The SAT helps college admissions officers make fair and informed admissions decisions. Combined with a student’s academic record, it is a proven, reliable indicator of college success. The SAT tests the subject matter learned by students in high school and how well they apply that knowledge—the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.

Following are the salient points about the SAT :

  • It’s accepted by almost all U.S. colleges.
  • It’s typically taken by juniors in the spring and seniors in the fall.
  • SAT scores and high school GPA are a powerful combination. Used together, there’s nothing better at predicting potential college success.

EXAM FORMAT

SectionLengthContentNo. of questions
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

  • Reading Test
  • Writing and Language Test

(200-800 points)

Reading – 65 minutes. Writing and Language – 35 minutesSentence Completion And Passage Based ReadingReading – 52 questions Writing and Language – 44 questions
Math (200-800 points)80 minutesHigh School Geometry And Algebra, Number And Operations, Statistics, Probability, And Data Analysis.58 questions
Essay (optional) (2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay)50 minutesStudents produce a written analysis of a provided source text.1
Total Test Time: 180 minutes (230 minutes with essay) Total Score Range:400 to 1600

IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE EXAM

EXAM FEESUS $109 (with essay) & US$95(without essay) (Subject to change)
FREE SCORE REPORTINGFour registration score reports are available up to nine days after the test date.
ADDITIONAL SCORE REPORT FEESUS $12 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
RESCHEDULING FEESUS $29 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
RETAKE THE TESTThere is no limit placed on when you can re-sit the test.
TEST CENTRESSurat, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi
TEST DATES/REGISTRATION DETAILS AND OFFICIAL WEBSITEOctober, December, March, May. For all other info please visit the official website www.collegeboard.com
EXAM IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTSOriginal and Valid Passport

NO PENALTY FOR GUESSING

On the SAT, you simply earn points for the questions you answer correctly. So go ahead and give your best answer to every question — there’s no advantage to leaving them blank.

MORE SCORES EQUALS MORE YOU

Reported scores now include subscores and cross-test scores. With these additional scores, the SAT is better at highlighting your strengths and showing colleges that you’ve been building the skills and knowledge you need for college and career.

SCORE REPORTS

It’s not just colleges that can learn from your scores. You’ll get an online score report that helps you look beyond the numbers, see how you stack up, figure out where you can improve.

If you take the SAT with Essay, you’ll also find a scanned copy of your response.

USING SCORE CHOICE

With Score Choice, you choose which day’s test scores you send to colleges. You can send a single day’s scores, or you can send scores of every SAT you’ve taken. The only thing you can’t do? You can’t send partial scores from different days. For instance, you can’t send your Math score from one test day and your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score from another.

Reminder: Check the score choice policies of every college you’re applying to, because some schools require you to send every score. If this sounds intimidating, keep in mind that many colleges consider your best.

SAT SCORE RANGES

SAT Score ReportedDetailsScore Range
TimeTotal scoreSum of the two section scores.400–1600
Section scores (2)Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.200–800
Test scores (3)Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.10–40
SAT Essay scores (3)
The SAT Essay is optional.
Reading, Analysis, and Writing.2–8
Cross-test scores (2)Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.
These scores show how well you use your skills to analyze texts and solve problems in these subject areas.
10–40
Subscores (7)Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.

MAJOR FEATURES OF THE SAT

Category SAT
Total Testing Time3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
Components
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
  3. Essay (optional)
Important Features
  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)
Essay
  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
  • 50 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
Score Reporting
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors

TEST LENGTH AND TIMING OF THE SAT

 SAT
ComponentTime Allotted (min.)Number of Questions / Tasks
Reading6552
Writing and Language3544
Essay (optional)501
Math8058
Total180 (230 with Essay)154 (155 with Essay)

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

WHAT IS SAT SUBJECT TEST?

SAT Subject Tests is the collective name for 20 multiple-choice standardized tests divided into five categories:English, History, Mathematics, Science and Languages, given on individual subjects, usually taken to improve a student’s credentials for admission to colleges in the United States. Students typically choose which tests to take depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools to which they are planning to apply. Until 1994, the SAT Subject Tests were known as Achievement Tests, and until January 2005, they were known as SAT IIs; they are still commonly known by these names. Every test is now a one-hour timed test. A student may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on any given date.

WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE A SAT SUBJECT TEST?

Students take the SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects such as English, history, mathematics, science, and foreign languages. Thus, SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SAT SUBJECT TESTS

  • The SAT Subject Tests are offered six times a year in the United States and at international sites
  • You may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date
  • Each Subject Test takes one hour
  • All Subject Tests consist of multiple-choice questions, but some have unique features or formats
  • All Subject Tests are machine scored
  • Calculators may be used only on the Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 Subject Tests
  • You cannot take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT on the same test date
  • You must indicate which SAT Subject Tests you plan to take when you register
  • However, you may change which test(s) you actually take on test day — except for Language with Listening tests.

This information is subject to change and is for reference purpose only.
For any updates and clarification visit : www.collegeboard.com