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Almost all undergraduate programmes in the US require applicants to furnish the SAT score while some may require scores on SAT Subject tests also. Previously known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the SAT is a standardised aptitude test for undergraduate students, and tests students’ knowledge of subjects that are believed to be necessary for college success: reading, writing and mathematics.

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What you MUST know about SAT I test
  • The test is administered six times a year in India.
  •  Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing).
  • Each question in a section is worth the same point irrespective of the level of difficulty – do not spend too much time on tough questions. Do the simple ones first and return to the tough ones later. 
  • If you do not know the answer and can still eliminate one or two choices to make an intelligent guess, do so. However, keep in mind that there is a guessing penalty on SAT. For each wrong answer, you lose one-fourth of the points earned on a correct answer except for the student-produced answers – no point is subtracted for the wrong answer. 
  •  At the Test Centre, the start and end of each section is called. You will not be allowed to go back to a previously completed section.
  • Scoring for the test relies on the student’s performance in nine sections only – three each of Critical Reading, Writing or Mathematics. There is an extra section called the wild card section that can consist of Mathematics, Critical Reading or Writing questions. This section does not count and is not considered towards the SAT score. However, it is unmarked and students will not be able to differentiate it from the other sections.

Structure of the SAT I test
The writing section includes both multiple-choice questions and a direct writing measure in the form of an essay. It tests the student’s knowledge of grammar, usage and word choice. The total duration of this section is 60 minutes. The short essay measures the student’s ability to organise and express ideas clearly. The multiple-choice writing questions measure the student’s ability to improve sentences and paragraphs and identify errors such as diction, grammar, sentence construction, subject-verb agreement, proper word usage and wordiness.

The Critical Reading Section includes short as well as long reading passages. Questions can be based on one, or sometimes two, reading passages. This section comprises two 25 minutes sections and one 20-minute section. The Mathematics Section includes Mathematics topics  in the four main areas - Number and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurement & Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability. Students are allowed to use a four-function, scientific or graphing calculator.

How do I prepare for SAT I test?
Even though this is an aptitude test, students can increase their score by preparing for the test. Also, Indian students are not very familiar with the multiple-choice examinations. So getting used to the test requires practice and time.

  • Start preparing for the test after the class 10 final examinations.
  • Plan ahead because schools set a last test date for each application period.
  • Set aside a minimum of three months for the SAT I preparation.
  • Pick a test preparation programme that combines instruction with testing and review.
  • Take a minimum of 12 full-length tests to prepare for the test; do complete tests not a few sections at a time.

SAT II: Subject Tests
Some schools require that you take two to three SAT Subject Tests. These are hour-long, content-based multiple-choice tests measuring knowledge of particular subjects and the ability to apply that knowledge. The advantage of taking these tests is that you can normally choose the subjects/tests that best showcase your achievements and interests. Some colleges also use the Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science. Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800.

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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

Can a student from India take the SAT exam if he/she is homeschooled?

Aishwarya Bp 28th Jan, 2020


Yes you can take SAT exam even if he/she is home schooled.

You have to register online,Once you're done registering you will get an admission ticket.

You can ask for a fee waiver if you're home schooled from a counselor at the local public high school. one must provide eligibility proof like tax records, public assistance records, or record of enrollment in an aid program  to the conselor.

Hope it helps

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