SAT also known as Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardized test that is used widely for the college admissions in the United States.

The SAT is an exam owned, developed, and published by the College Board which is a private, non-profit organization in the United States. ETS on behalf of College Board administers the test.

  • SAT is a 3hr test, extra 50 min for the SAT with essay
  • The SAT score ranges from 400 – 1600
  • It comprises of Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing

SAT Exam

The SAT exam is taken annually by students who wish to study in US and Canada. The fee for taking this exam is around USD 47.50. It is an offline test held at test centers. Singapore and Australia also accepts this test.

The SAT exams are also usually taken by students who want to pursue mathematics, history, literature, science, and foreign languages.

The paper is divided into four parts:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Language

SAT Exam Pattern

The SAT paper is divided into two parts, – with calculators and without calculators.

The paper has four parts: reading, writing, mathematics, and Language. A student can opt for the fifth part that  is optional writing, which increases the time allotted to 3 hours 50 minutes. SAT test is held six times a year.

Subject Duration Score Range
Maths 80 minutes 200-800
Writing and Language 35 minutes 200-800(combined)
Reading 65 minutes 200-800(combined with writing)
Essay 50 minutes Not defined


SAT Exam Highlights 2020

Exam Name SAT
SAT full form Scholastic Assessment Test
Official Website
SAT Fee $96.50 without the essay and $113.50 with essay
Score Range 400-1600 points
SAT Contact The College Board National Office
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
Phone: 212-713-8000


SAT Registration

Every student who want to pursue his/her study in the USA has to give their SAT exam. To give SAT exam, student must register themselves with with CollegeBoard to give the exam. To Register follow the steps given below:

  1. Visit the Official Website of CollegeBoard i.e. and create an account.
  2. After ID is created, you need to fill in your details.
  3. Create Student Profile, which includes following details
    1. College Name/High School Details
    2. Passing Year
    3. Extra-curricular activities
  4. Choose a Test date and Center
  5. Upload a Picture for your ID Card
  6. Pay SAT Fees

Registration By Mail

  • Register on SAT student registration booklet from the College Board.
  • Fill in the application form for the SAT exam
  • Mail the application form
  • Also, mail the cheque or money order
  • The address College Board SAT program is

P.O. Box 7502

London, KY 40742-72502.

SAT Fees

SAT exam fee is around $52.5. For subject test an additional fee of $26 is taken. Extra fee is taken if the exam is taken outside the US territory.

Fee Waiver

  • The SAT fee is waived for low-income families.
  • This option is available for people living in the USA.
  • Students whose family income falls below the income eligibility guidelines set by the USDA Food and nutrition service have this choice.
  • Students living in foster homes may also apply for a fee waiver.
  • Students who are enrolled in federal, state, or other programs can also apply for the same.

SAT Exam Dates

For the admission to the colleges or universities in the academic year 2020, the SAT 2020 dates are:

  1. 14th March 2020
  2. 2nd May 2020
  3. 6th June 2020

Estimated dates for the admission in 2021-22 maybe,

  • 29th August 2020
  • 3rd October 2020
  • 7th November 2020
  • 5th December 2020

SAT Dates Registration

Registration for the SAT test closes usually a month before the exam date. Registration dates for exam dates in 2020 for admission in 2020 are given below.

  • 8th May 2020 for the exam in June

SAT Practice Test

The SAT exam comprises of Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing section. By practicing SAT sample papers, students can know their standards and can practice more for the exam.

SAT Syllabus

The SAT exam is a standardized examination that helps the university in examining the applicant in terms of the merits he/she has in an objective way. The test is useful for the examiner and university in understanding the preparation level of the student, along with judging the students on their skills which they have developed since the past schooling. The SAT Exam has a comprehensive syllabus which is important to give a fair idea about what the examination seeks.

SAT Syllabus 2020 – How to prepare

  1. Get idea about the format and structure of the test.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the style of question and the content which may come in the paper.
  3. Figure your weaknesses.
  4. Set a goal that you wish to achieve.
  5. Make a proper plan of study.
  6. Read and review the important content thoroughly.
  7. Learn the test strategies.
  8. Practice hard.

Reading Test

The reading test has questions based on paragraphs and graphics in the question paper. One of the paragraphs chosen has a part of the world literature, or a classic work of the U.S. The other passage is either the U.S founding document or may have a paragraph from the Great Global Conversation. The third paragraph is related to topics such as economics, sociology, and psychology. The last two paragraphs are science-based to test student’s fundamental and scientific concepts.

Writing Test

In the writing and language test, the paper has Multiple choice questions based on paragraphs. The content may have informational graphics, graphs, charts, etc. You will find questions based on sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. The students will have to change the sentences and keeping their meaning the same to fix the sentences with some error. The topics are a verb, tense, subject-verb agreement, etc.

Maths Test

The topics covered are Algebra, polynomials, linear and exponential growth, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and probability.

SAT Subject Test List

There are over 19 subjects included in the SAT subject list

  • For maths section – Math Level 1
  • For maths section – Math Level 2
  • For science subjects – Biology
  • For science subjects – Chemistry
  • For science subjects – Physics
  • For Arts subjects – U.S history
  • For Arts subjects – World history
  • For Language subjects – Spanish
  • For Language subjects – Spanish with listening
  • For Language subjects – French
  • For Language subjects – French with listening
  • For Language subjects – Chinese with listening
  • For Language subjects – Italian
  • For Language subjects – German
  • For Language subjects – German with listening
  • Modern Hebrew
  • For Language subjects – Latin
  • For Language subjects – Japanese with listening
  • For Language subjects – Korean with listening

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