There are two types
of SAT Exams:
– SAT Reasoning Test
or SAT I
SAT Subject Test or SAT II
Reasoning Test or SAT I
A standardized test, SAT I measures Verbal, Mathematical and Writing skills. The
test intends to aid Undergrad Schools assess the potential of the applicants for
advanced study. Universities in the US, while inviting applications from
prospective students, ask for SAT I scores.
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 that he/she
SAT I has three sections Critical Reading, Maths and Writing. The following is
the SAT I test structure.
What is the scoring scale
for the SAT I?
= The Mathematics section is scored on a scale of 200-800
= The Critical Reading section is scored on a scale of 200-800
= The Writing section score is split up into two parts. The essay is scored on a
scale of 1-12, and the multiple choice questions on a scale of 20-80. These two
scores are combined to calculate a section score ranging of 200-800
= The entire SAT I score ranges from 600-2400
Subject Test or SAT II
Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student
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 the 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.
The US-based College Board develops and administers both the SATI and SAT II.
College Board is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and
sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about the SAT,
please refer to the official website of SAT www.collegeboard.com
Does admission to
universities depend only on SAT scores?
It is one of the various criteria that the admission council looks at. However,
a good SAT score does improve your chances of getting admission and financial
is the cost/registration fee for the SATI and SAT II?
The registration fee for taking SAT I is $91. The registration fee SAT II is
How do I register for
You can register online or by mail. The detailed information about registering
for the SAT can be found at www.collegeboard.com
What if I miss the deadline
for registering for the SAT?
You can go to the test centre directly with your passport, photo and take the
test as a Standby option if seats are available. And additional fees of $11.25
would be charged.
many times in a year is the 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 SATI and SAT II on the same day. Also, only 3 SAT IIs can be
taken on one day.
How many times can I
take the SAT?
SAT can be taken unlimited number of times.. (It is highly advisable not to
appear for SAT too many times as it may affect the applicant candidature).
What is the validity of the
Your SAT score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was taken
What is the scoring
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
– 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
How soon do I get my
The scores are available 3 weeks after the exam date.
What happens if I want to
cancel the SAT test score?
You should ask the test supervisor for a Request to Cancel Test Score form. You
may submit the completed form immediately, or you can do it with 2 days of the
Exam. ETS must receive the request form no later then Wednesday after the test.
How do I pass on my score
to the college i want to apply to?
The universities only accept official scores sent directly by College board.
Scores to four colleges can be sent free of cost from the time of SAT
registration to one week after the SAT exam. Subsequently, for each score report
sent to a college, you would have to pay $11.00.
Do universities consider
photocopies of the SAT scorecard? Do I have to send scores through College
No, photocopies are not accepted. You have to send your scores only through
If I take the SAT more than
once, which score will be considered by the universities?
Almost all the universities take the best score.
Do I need to have the SAT
score at the time of applying to universities?
No, you do not need to have the SAT score with you at the time of applying.
Is the SAT mandatory for
applying to undergrad programs outside India?
No, not all the undergrad programs outside India require SAT.
All students who wish to pursue there Bachelor in U. S and the top schools in
Canada are required to SAT I Exam. Students who want to apply to the top 15-20
universities of the US require SAT II scores as well.
Which SAT II exams should I
A student who wishes to pursue Bachelor of Engineering should take Math Level II
and Physics or Chemistry. While a student who wants to pursue Bachelor of
Business should take Math II, English.