There are two types of SAT Exams:
- SAT Reasoning Test or SAT I
- SAT Subject Test or SAT II
SAT 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 desires.
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
SAT Subject Test or SAT II
Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to
measure a student’s 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
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 –
SAT FAQs 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 aid.
What 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 $77.50
How do I register for the SAT?
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.
How 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
What is the validity of the SAT exam?
Your SAT score will be valid for 5 years from the date the test was
What is the scoring pattern?
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
- Mathematics score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point
- Writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point
How soon do I get my score?
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 Board?
No, photocopies are not accepted. You have to send your scores only
through College Board.
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
No, you do not need to have the SAT score with you at the time of
Is the SAT mandatory for applying to undergrad programs outside
No, not all the undergrad programs outside India require SAT.
All students who wish to pursue there Bachelor’s 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
Which SAT II exams should I take?
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.