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About SAT: What and Why?

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test owned, developed, and published by the College Board,  a private, not-for-profit organization in the United States.  The SAT is accepted for admission in undergraduate colleges in the United States. A great SAT score helps in securing Scholarships.

There are 2 types of SAT exams: SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test. 

The SAT Reasoning Test is the most widely taken, while the Subject test is taken to select specific courses based on the requirements. The SAT Reasoning Test is used to evaluate a student's reading, writing, and mathematical skills, while the SAT Subjects Test is used to evaluate a candidate's knowledge of specific subjects. 

The SAT takes three hours to complete, plus an additional 50 minutes for the Essay, which is optional.

Apart from SAT scores, the other factors that are important for admission-related decisions are your High School GPA, Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letter of Recommendation (LOR), interviews, and essays.

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In the United States, the SAT is conducted 7 times a year. International students can now take the SAT exam 7 times a year, up from 5 previously, thanks to new adjustments made by the College Board, which will come into effect from March 2023. The exam will be held In the months of January, March, May, June, October, November, and December.

The optimal time to take the SAT is in 11th grade, or at the start of 12th grade, with at least six to eight months before the board tests.

SAT scores are generally always accessible 2–4 weeks after you take the test, regardless of when you took it during the school year. However for SAT administrations over the summer, it may take a little longer.


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MATH (Real situation based & word problems)

  • Algebra

  • Arithmetic

  • Geometry

  • Data Inferences

Verbal (Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Language)

  • Writing and Language include: Grammar and Coherence/Reasoning

  • Reading Comprehension includes: Content, Vocabulary and Coherence/ Reasoning


Prospective applicants worldwide who are pursuing their Higher Secondary can take the SAT Test.


  • Test fee: USD 104

  • Test Administration Frequency: 4 times a year

  • Additional Score Report Fee: USD 11.25

  • Rescheduling Fee: USD 29

  • Mode of Registration: Online

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  • Score Validity: 5 years

  • Nature of the Test: Paper Based

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