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SAT Exam- Dates, Registration, Application Fee, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Tips & Tricks to Prepare the Exam

SAT is an international standardized test conducted for direct admission into the colleges and universities of the US, Australia, the UK, Singapore, and Canada. SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.

It is regulated by Educational Testing Services worldwide on account of the College Board in over 25,000 test centers across 192 countries.

The objective behind conducting SAT is to check high school students’ readiness for college and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. The exam evaluates students’ written, verbal, and mathematical skills. SAT subject-wise test includes literature, history, mathematics, science, and foreign language.

College admissions officers review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. It is conducted 7 times in a year in some countries and 5 times a year in some countries.

Overall, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.

SAT Exam Pattern

  1. SAT is a paper-pencil test
  2. The paper is 3 hours long while the SAT with Essay is 3 hours 50 minutes long
  3. SAT has four elements- Reading test, Writing, and Language test, Mathematics test without a calculator, and Mathematics test with a calculator.
  4. Essay part is optional. Some colleges make it mandatory and some optional. You have to attempt paper as per college requirements.
  5. The score scale ranges between 400-1600
  6. Score scales for Reading and Writing & Language components are 200-800; for Mathematics- 2 to 8
  7. Essay results are assessed separately