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SAT is typically taken by students who are in Classes 11 and 12, and is designed to measure the skills and knowledge you have developed in school, and your ability to apply that knowledge. Most selective universities require an admission test with writing, which is also a required section on the SAT, and most institutions also require that students submit scores from one or more SAT Subject Tests. Currently, SAT is administered in over 170 countries and territories. In India, SAT is administered six times a year and is offered at over 20 test centres. 

Usage of SAT scores
SAT helps colleges and universities make informed admissions decisions by providing a fair and valid indicator of your academic readiness to do university-level work. Admission officers use the SAT in conjunction with other valid measures of college readiness to help predict an applicant’s likelihood for success at that institution. Similarly, students can use their SAT scores to help identify the colleges and universities where they are most likely to be successful. While SAT is an important part of the admission process, it’s important to keep in mind that the SAT score is just one of many factors that universities consider when making decisions for admission.

Structure of test
SAT is a paper-based test that measures a student’s critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills and knowledge.  Question types include a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses (grid-ins). Scores for each section are reported on a 200-800 scale.


The Critical Reading Section tests your ability to understand university-level passages written in English. The questions in this section will ask you to complete sentences with the appropriate word or words or to answer questions that show your comprehension of short and long reading passages.

The Mathematics Section assesses how well you analyse and solve problems – skills you learned in school that you’ll need at university. It includes questions that ask you to work with algebraic formulas, linear functions, exponential growth and manipulations with exponents, properties of tangent lines, absolute value, functional notation, geometric figures, probability and to analyse data. The Writing Section includes multiple-choice questions to test how well you use standard written English. You will also be required to write a brief essay.

MCQ format tips
  • Start preparing for the test after Class 10 final examinations
  • Plan ahead because schools set a last test date for each application period
  • Set aside minimum three months for the
SAT preparation 
  • Review each type of question on the exam
  • Practise taking the test under real-time conditions

Must-knows about SAT

  • 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 to a particular question but can eliminate one or two choices to make an intelligent guess, do so. However, keep in mind that random guessing is not recommended. 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 announced. 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 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.

How do I prepare for SAT?
The best way to get ready for SAT is to participate actively in your own education. Take challenging classes, read as much as you can in and out of school and practise your writing. While test-preparation courses are not necessary to do well on SAT, students are encouraged to familiarise with the test format and question types so you know what to expect on test day. The College Board provides sample SAT questions, a full-length practice test, and many other resources for free online at Indian students are not likely to be familiar with the multiple-choice exams. So, getting used to the test requires practice and time.


Important dates
Test DatesTest administered  Regular Registration
(must be received by)

December 1, 2012

SAT & Subject Tests  

November 1, 2012

January 26, 2012 


December 28, 2012

May 4, 2013 


April 5, 2013

June 1,2013


May 2,2013

SAT II: Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests are offered in a variety of subject areas, including English, Mathematics, Science, Languages and History. Many universities either require or recommend SAT Subject Tests for admissions, achievement or placement purposes. Even if a university does not require SAT Subject Tests, it can help students stand out in the admission process and demonstrate readiness for specific majors or programmes in college. When considering SAT Subject Tests, you should particularly consider subject areas that you like or in which you excel. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science. Scores for each test are reported on a 200–800 scale. So prepare well to pack your bags to join a course of your choice, that too at a foreign university. 

The author Deborah Davis is Director, College Readiness Communications at College Board

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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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