About SAT®

The SAT® is a standardized test for admissions to undergraduate programs in international universities. It is conducted by the College Board. Nearly every college in USA and many colleges in Singapore, Canada, Australia and New Zealand accept the SAT® score as a part of their application process.

Global Acceptance of SAT®: Nearly 1.7 million students take the SAT® annually.

Who should take the SAT®SAT® is an admission criterion for undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s courses) in universities in USA, and many colleges across geographies. Therefore, students of high school (grades 11th or 12th) planning to apply to these universities should take the test. Some university programs additionally look for SAT® Subject Tests.

The SAT®

In 2016, the College Board introduced several changes to the SAT® in order to make the test more focused towards testing what is taught in high schools today and what one needs to succeed in college. The SAT®has become more application oriented, especially in the Evidence based Reading and Writing section. The total score has shifted from 2400 to 1600, and the Math section has become more important as it contributes to 800 of the 1600 score.

New SAT® Format

The following table explains the test structure of the new SAT®

Sections Tests No. Of Questions Duration (minutes) Time per Question Score
Evidence Based Reading & Writing Reading Test 52 65 1:15 min 200 – 800
Writing & Language Test 44 35 0:48 min
Math Math Test – No Calculator 20 25 1:15 min 200 – 800
Math Test – Calculator 38 55 1:35 min
Essay (Optional) 1 Essay task – read passage, write essay to present your analysis 50 50 min 2-8 on 3 scales – Reading, Analysis, Writing

SAT® Eligibility Criteria

There are no minimum eligibility criteria to appear for the New SAT®. Basically, anyone can write the test. However, since the SAT® is an admission criterion for undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s courses) in Universities, students of high school (grades 11th or 12th) typically take the test.

How to register for SAT®

You can register for the SAT® online through the College Board website. Registration for the test is simple. You do not need a passport during the registration. However, it is mandatory to carry a valid passport during the test.

Important: The only acceptable form of identification for non-US citizens is a valid passport with your name, photo, and signature.