The SAT exam is a standardized assessment test. Students who want to apply for university admission for undergraduate educational programs in other countries need to appear for the SAT examination. SAT General Test is a general examination that has been created for the evaluation of the verbal, written, and mathematical abilities of students. It tracks the overall readiness of students to study in abroad colleges. The SAT scores are also used for providing academic scholarships.

SAT Exam Eligibility

The College Board, the administrator of the SAT exam, has not officially established any particular eligibility guidelines for those wishing to appear for this test. However, here are the basic details for the eligibility for SAT exam:

  • SAT Exam is for students who are looking forward to studying abroad after the completion of Class 12.
  • There is no age limit to taking the SAT exam. However, the students in the 17-19 age group are among the highest SAT takers.
  • Those who are applying for graduation in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, New Zealand, or the UK should take the test.
  • Only those students who are planning to pursue undergraduate courses should apply for the SAT exam.

SAT Examination Registration

Those who want to appear for the SAT should get themselves registered in advance. Registrations can be done through an online method or via mail in the offline method. For online registration, you have to follow the below procedure:

  • Visit College Board’s official website.
  • Create your account.
  • Submit all necessary information.
  • Choose your examination and the nearest testing centre.
  • Upload a clear photograph.
  • Pay your application fees.

SAT Exam Fee

Just as other competitive exams, the SAT Exam also holds a registration fee that is to be paid mandatorily. For all those who are looking forward to appearing for the test, here are the exam fee details:

  • The SAT exam fee is $55. In addition to this, you will have to pay a non-US regional fee of $49, which means the total exam fee is $104.
  • For cancellation, you have to pay a cancellation fee of $26. The cancellation fee is costly, and the only refunds issued are $10.
  • An additional $30 has to be paid for getting specific services like changing the test centre or date.

SAT Exam Syllabus

The SAT exam syllabus contains several courses studied by test takers throughout the years. It mainly focuses on knowledge or skills which you have garnered at the school level. This includes the following components-:

  • Reading - Classic or Contemporary work [US/World Literature], Passage on Social Science/Economics/Psychology/Sociology, Passages Based on BiPC Subjects [Biology, Physics, Chemistry] or Earth Science and Global Conversations/US Founding Documents based passages
  • Math - Algebra, Data Analysis, and Problem Solving, Advanced Math [Quadratic Equations, Rational Exponents and Radicals, etc.], Other Topics.
  • Writing and Language - You have to read and edit the passages which are generally Humanities, Social Science, Commerce, and Science-based.

SAT Exam Pattern

The duration of the SAT is 3 hours. It tests your writing, mathematical, and reading skills.. There are 154 questions in total . The total score for them is 1600. The following table presents necessary information about the different sections of the SAT exam:

Section Duration Questions
Reading 65 minutes 52
Writing 35 minutes 44
Math 80 minutes 58

SAT Exam Scores/ Results

SAT scores can be viewed online starting 13 days after your test date. Each SAT section has a score range of 200 to 800 points. The final score sheet includes scores from all sections that range from 400 to 1600. As the SAT results are announced within three weeks from the exam date, you can check your results on the official website of the College Board. Here is a step-by-step process to get your SAT results online:

  • Visit the official website and sign in with your user ID and password.
  • Click ‘My Organizer’
  • Click on ‘SAT scores in the left-hand side menu
  • You will be taken to another page where you need to click on ‘Assess my scores’
  • You need to enter your user credentials again and then visit the ‘my test scores’ section
  • The SAT scorecard will appear on the screen. This scorecard will show your overall score, sectional score, sub score, essay score as well as a percentile score.

If you have registered for the SAT exam by mail, then you will receive your SAT results and scorecard through the same.

How to Prepare for the SAT?

For attaining good scores in the SAT exam, you should prepare in advance by keeping the following Preparation Tips in mind:

  • To obtain a high score, it is important to focus on each section individually. Prepare a proper plan for each SAT section.
  • Begin by answering the questions you know. It is a waste of time to find answers to questions that you are not familiar with. Attempt the difficult questions later.
  • Attempt as many SAT practice tests as possible before the day of the exam. Know your mistakes/ weaknesses and work on them.
  • Eliminate wrong answers first.
  • Stay calm and confident throughout. Answer questions by double-checking
  • Since there is no negative marking, do not leave any questions without answering. Answer even the difficult questions with the best possible guess.

There are several options available for the people willing to self-prepare for the SAT exam. Some of them are Barron's SAT, Kallis' SAT Pattern, SAT Prep Black Book, Princeton Review SAT Book, College Board’s SAT Materials, etc. You should carefully look at online study materials along with taking practice tests regularly. Also, remember the SAT score will be valid for 5 years.