Scholastic Aptitude Test

The SAT (technically known as the SAT I) is a general test of verbal and quantitative reasoning accepted for U. S. college admissions. The test is required for admission to undergraduate programs of most US universities. Many universities also require you to take SAT-II tests.

Benefits of a High SAT Score:

  1. A high SAT score will increase the chances of admission in top Business Schools
  2. There are good chances of getting some kind of financial assistance with a high SAT score
  3. Visa Officers also give weightage to high SAT scores while considering Visa applications.

SAT-I: Reasoning Test

The SAT-I is a three hour, primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Most colleges require SAT-I scores for admission. SAT consists of three sections

Critical Reading section includes three scoring sections – two 25 minutes sections, and one 20 minutes section.
  • Reading comprehension of 25 min
  • Sentence completions of 25 min and
  • Paragraph-length critical reading 20 min.
Reading comprehension test consists of a lot of passages followed by questions to be answered using the information given in the passages. Sentence completion problems will require filling in the blanks with appropriate word.
Writing section of SAT includes multiple choice questions and a brief essay.
  • Essay section of 25 min, Multiple choice sections lasting 25 minutes and 10 minutes.
  • The SAT writing sections will assess your ability to improve writing samples, identify writing errors, and produce your own clear, coherent essay.
The mathematics section of SAT is widely known as the Quantitative Section or Calculation section. The mathematics section consists of three scored sections.
  • Algebra and functions of 25 min
  • Geometry Statistics of 20 min
  • Probability and Data analysis of 20 min
  • There will be 54 questions in all. 44 of them are multiple-choice. For the remaining ten questions, you will have to find answers on your own.

Test Scores: The SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600. Each section of your SAT (Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. Also Essay is scored on a range of 2 to 8 on each of three traits of Essay

Validity: SAT scores are valid for 5 years. One can request a Question-and-Answer Service up to five months after your test date.


SAT-II: Subject Tests

The SAT-II subject tests are one hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Many universities may require you to take this along with SAT-I.

SAT II is sometimes a prerequisite for admission into a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Medicine, etc. in top Universities.

The examination is entirely a paper-based test. According to the SAT test pattern 2017, the SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200-800 scale. SAT® II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects:

  • Math Level I,
  • Math Level II,
  • Physics,
  • Chemistry,
  • Biology
  • English Literature,
  • US History
  • World History and
  • Languages.