What is SAT?

What is SAT?

The SAT, or Scholastic Assessment Test, was created by the College Board and is a written pencil-and-paper test. It was also known previously as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

The SAT is a college entrance exam used to test the scores of high school students. It assesses a candidate’s ability to think both verbally and numerically. Colleges and universities in the United States and Canada use the SAT as an entrance exam. It provides colleges with a standard metric for assessing student progress. Those students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate program in the US must take the SAT.

SAT introduction
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SAT is one of the most popular exams for students who wish to study abroad. It helps colleges gauge applicant’s academic eagerness and curiosity about a specific course. Colleges use standardized test scores and your high school GPA when making admissions.

The colleges can compare your scores with the other candidates. They take into account your classes in high school and extracurricular activities. Every college has its own rules for deciding how vital SAT scores are in their admission process. Many schools also offer SAT scholarships based on a student’s SAT scores.

Who is eligible for the SAT exam?

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1. The SAT is not subject to age limits, so candidates of all ages can take the exam.
2. Those between 16-18 most frequently take the SAT. A student must have completed high school before they can take this test.
3. Younger students below 15 or below are eligible for the test but can only apply by mail.
4. Students who wish to pursue undergraduate courses in the US, UK, Canada and Australia take the SAT.
5. Most of the students who are studying abroad often take this test.
6. SAT scores are required to help the college board to make admission decisions. Since they are standardized tests administered by the College Board.

How many subjects are required for the SAT?

The SAT syllabus comprises three primary subjects: reading, writing, and Math. There is an optional essay section which is a 50-minute essay. The SAT offers a score range of 200-800 points for each section. The final score is the sum of all section’s scores, ranging from 400 to 1600. The exam lasts for 3 hours.

SAT test
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On the other hand, the writing component is graded on a scale of 0 to 24 and may vary incrementally. The students have already studied all these subjects in schools. So preparing for these subjects should be easy for them.

SAT Writing section:

  • 44 multiple-choice questions
  • The test is 35 minutes long
  • It consists of an essay section too

SAT Reading section:

  • 52 multiple-choice questions
  • The test is 65 minutes long
  • It consists of reading comprehension, sentence completion and paragraph length reading

SAT Math section:

  • Math calculator-38 questions
  • No calculator-20 questions
  • The test is 80 minutes long
  • The formulas are given before the test for reference
  • The score range is between 200-800

SAT Essay section(optional):

  • 50-minute long essay
  • It is optional

How many times can you take the SAT?

For students taking the SAT exam, there are no limits. They are free to take it as many times as they like. Before applying for the SAT, make sure you give yourself adequate time to prepare.

SAT exam sheet
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The SAT is given to every single person in the United States. It is mainly in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. Some colleges take into account the highest test score from each test date. They then evaluate it with the highest Evidence-based Reading and Writing score. This is referred to as superscore.

What is the difference between SAT and ACT?


Details SAT ACT
Subjects Reading


Test Duration 3 hours 2 hours 55 mins
Total questions 154 questions and 1 essay 215 questions and 1 essay
Total scores On a scale of 400-1600 On a scale of 1-36 in each section
Focus Strong vocabulary Tests on advanced levels of Math and Science
Calculator It can be used on some of the math questions It can be used on all of the math questions
Difficulty level Harder than ACT but more time Easier than SAT but less time
Frequency of tests in a year

Seven times/year in the US
Five times/year all over the world

Six times/year
Registration criteria It should be done four weeks before the test It should be done five weeks before the test

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