What is SAT?

The Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardized test for most admissions in the United States. The school students seeking admission into undergrad course in the US and international students seeking admission in US colleges need to take this test.

Is SAT used for any purpose other than admissions?

SAT score is crucial even in deciding whether you deserve scholarship or not. Many merit scholarships are given based on the performance of students in the SAT.

What skills are measures in SAT?

The SAT measures the skills you have learned in and outside your classroom during school days and measures how well you can apply that knowledge in undergrad courses.

The test consists of three sections.
  • Critical reading: this includes sentence completion and passage-based reading questions.
  • Mathematics: this includes multiple choice and student-produced response questions based on math that college-bound students typically learn during the first three years of high school.
  • Writing: this has multiple choice questions and a written essay.

How is the SAT scored?

The final SAT score is an aggregate of three scores ranging between 200 and 800. The three scores are writing score, math scores, and critical reading score. Thus, the perfect scores is 2400 while minimum possible score 600 (which is practically considered zero)

What is the duration of the test?

The total test runs for 3 hours 45 minutes testing time and three breaks of five minutes each. Thus, total test time is 4 hours including the time allotted for breaks.

Do we have minus points for wrong responses?

Yes, for each correct response, you get a credit of one mark. For each incorrect option, ¼ of a mark is deducted. However, no negative scoring is affected if you leave a question without answering.

Subject area

Question types

Sections and Time

Score range


Multiple answer questions Student produced responses

Two 25 minutes sections One 20 minute section Total time 70 minutes

200 – 800

Critical reading

Sentence completion Critical reading : long and short passages

Two 25 minutes sections One 20 minute section Total time 70 minutes

200 – 800


Essay presenting your view point. Multiple choice – error identification Improving sentences and paragraphs

25 minute essay section 35 minute multiple-choice questions in two sections

200 – 800

Fees and Costs

The cost to take the SAT for Indian students is US$ 92.
The cost to take the SAT with Essay for Indian students is US$ 103.50.
In addition to the cost of taking the SAT, other charges may apply in certain circumstances. Further details of costs can be found on

SAT Test FAQ's

1Why is the SAT important for college admissions?
Colleges and Universities use different criterion during the admission process, the SAT being one of them. The test score is an important parameter that institutions evaluate while processing your application for admission, in order to understand you better.
2What is the set duration for the SAT?
The SAT consists of 2 main sections: • A 50-minute essay (optional) • One 80-minute Mathematics section • One 44 Minute Writing & Language section • A 65-minute Critical Reading section Total test time: 3 hours and 50 minutes.
3How is the SAT scored?
SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 scale for each of Maths, Critical Reading and Writing.
4How many times should I take the SAT?
Preparation is the key. Most students may take the SAT once or twice. We recommend that you prepare well before appearing for the exam as there is no evidence that taking the SAT multiple times significantly improves your score.
5How many times is the SAT conducted every year?
6 times (Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec). The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is taken on the last Saturday).


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