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Updated on Sep 17, 2014 - 3:49 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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SAT is a critical component of undergraduate university applications in the US and several other countries. The College Board, makers of the SAT, offer many high-quality resources to help students prepare for the SAT.

LisaIn this series, #Study Abroad Expert Tips we have Lisa Jain , India Representative of College Board, sharing her insight on how to utilize the SAT preparation free resources to get your best score in SAT.

Read to below to know more about the resources:

Free Resources/Tools

  1. Question of the Day – Students can practice a new question every day, which they can receive by email by subscribing. Questions for the past 30 days are also available on the website. Students can see how many students have answered the question, and the percentage of correct answers.
  2. Full Practice Test – A full practice test is available on the website. Students can print the test or take it online. A Scoring Guide is available for easy reference.
  3. Free Practice Questions – There are practice questions available on the website for every SAT section.
  4. Khan Academy Tutorials – The College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy to provide free practice resources to students across the world. The website has video tutorials, practice questions and tips to help students prepare for the SAT.
  5. Answers Imagined – Using this tool, students can see useful tips about using a creative approach to handle tough SAT questions.
  6. Skills Insight– It is a free tool to help students identify the types of skills that are tested on the SAT with sample test questions so that students can do their best. The way it works is that students select a section of the SAT they want to focus on, and select a score band where their current score is (if they have not taken the test, they should start from the lowest score band). Then they select a skill group, and look at the types of skills tested in each score band. Students can answer the sample questions and understand the meaning of each skill in a score band. Reviewing the bands below and above can help recognize differences between them.

Paid Resources/Tools

  1. The Official SAT Study Guide Book includes 10 full length official SAT tests with access to online answer explanations, detailed descriptions of different test sections, targeted practice questions for each question type, practice essay questions along with sample essays/annotations, a review of math concepts,and free Online Score reports. Students also receive a DVD featuring exclusive content for preparation.The Book costs $31.99 (discounts available on combination purchases).
  2. The Official SAT Online Course has 18 interactive lessons with multimedia content to create an engaging learning environment. Students get access to 10 complete practice tests, several practice questions and detailed explanations for correct/incorrect answers to all questions. Students receive detailed personalized feedback on all practice tests and quizzes and can practice for the SAT essay by responding to essay questions and getting back immediate, computer-generated scores. The Online Course is priced at $69.95 (discounts available on combination purchases).
  3. Take the PSAT/NSMQT - An excellent way to prepare for the SAT early, is to take the PSAT, or Preliminary SAT in Grade 9/10/11. PSAT is a comprehensive, standardized assessment administered at schools in October that helps prepare students for the SAT. Research indicates that students who take PSAT score up to 189 points higher on the SAT. The PSAT Score Report provides a detailed skill breakdown and performance review, helping students identify their strength/weakness areas so that they can adopt smarter strategies while preparing for SAT. The PSAT is less than ¼ the price of SAT, so it’s very cost effective.Students should check if their school administers PSAT, or register for it at a USIEF center.

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the cutoff for qualifying was40% in both sat,mat in sat i have scored 48 and in mat 40 but i have not been selected why when i have scored 40%in both?

vignesh 21st Feb, 2020

Dear Daniyel,

Both the SAT and the MAT exams that you have taken are strictly percentile based.

Applicants appeared for the exams would have got more percentile that yours and that would be the reason for your rejection.

However you can take the exam in the next session and try scoring a percentile of more than 85 which may be a better chance to get qualified.

Best of luck.


hi sir jee 2020 my percentel home state Karnataka . sc category wide i want computer science course seat in you college pl send me answer.

Singampalli sai rahul Student Expert 14th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,

Based on your percentile score and cadte I will list out the top colleges in which you can get a seat in CSE Branch-

  • IIIT Delhi - Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIITD)
  • DTU - Delhi Technological University (DCE)
  • Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology
  • UIET - University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University

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What is the difference between subject SAT test and General SAT ???If one has to give SAT for biology what will be the syllabus ???

hrithik jain 10th Feb, 2020


The main and the biggest difference is that General SAT tests for the general Knowledge and critical reasoning while SAT subject test your knowledge in specific areas say: biology, math etc.

Also, General SAT is around 3 hours paper whereas, SAT subject is a 1 hour paper. General SAT is offered for around 7 times a year and SAT Subject is offered for like 6 times a year that too, depending on the subject (date wise).

There are two test for SAT Biology- Biology (E) and Biology (M), you cannot take both of them on the same date. (E) stands for Ecological and (M) for Molecular. The syllabus topics are as follows:

1. Cellular and Molecular Biology- 15%(E) and 27%(M)

2. Ecology - 23%(E) and 13%(M)

3. Genetics - 15%(E) and 20%(M)

4. Organismal Biology- 25%(E) and 25%(M)

5.  Evolution and Diversity - 22%(E) 15%(M )

*Consider these figures to be approximate and cross check before finalizing.


Can I get admission into IIT or NIT based on my SAT subject test scores?? if so how to apply for it???

Koyel Bagchi 8th Feb, 2020


No iit or nit can not accepts sat.

Because the majority of students are selects here through jee not by their talents. Even if the pattern of jee is changed then also it is not similar as sat.

Hope it helps you.

Thank you.


I am going to complete my 11th standard in March 2020.Then can I write SAT exam in the month of June 2020.

AnkiT KunwaR 3rd Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Basically there is no eligibility criteria specifically for SAT 2020. Generally candidates can opt for the exam in their junior or senior years of high school (Indian Grades 11th or 12th), to be precise, aspirants are roughly between 17 or 18 years of age.

So, you will be eligible for SAT 2020.

Good Luck
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