SAT – An Overview


The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test which is your first step to education abroad. Was termed Scholastic Assessment Test, now SAT for admissions in undergraduate (Bachelors) degree programs. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. SAT scores are accepted in the US, Singapore, Persian Gulf countries. It is a paper and pencil test.


It is a multiple choice questions type exam wherein all question will be provided with 5 options and you will have to mark the correct answer in the OMR sheet.

SAT-1 has 10 sections:

3 Verbal

3 Mathematics

3 Writing

1 Experimental


Critical Reading has 3 sections, of which 2 sections are for 25 minutes and 1 section is for 20 minutes. CR inculdes Reading Comprehension,sentence completion and paragragh –length critical reading.

This section tests you on your reading and comprehending abilities.

CR  is worth 800 marks on SAT.


Critical Writing consists of 3 sections – 1 for 25 mins, the other for 10 mins and Essay writing. These sections aim at testing your grammar and writing abilities. Types of question that appear on this part of the exam are Sentence Correction, Error Identification and Paragraph Improvement.  Essay Writing forms a separate section of 25minutes which will test you on how well can you describe, create and communicate ideas in written form on the given topic.

CW is allotted 800 marks on SAT.


Maths has 3 sections – 2 are for 25 minutes and 1 for 20 minutes. The content for maths sections include topics like geometry, numbers ,algebra, probability, data analysis, functions and statistics. Maths is the easiest of 3 types of sections that you will come across on SAT. In Maths parts of the paper you will come across both MCQs as well as subjective types of questions.

Maths comprises of another 800 marks.

In total it is a 2400 mark exam.


One 25-minute section of the SAT test is known as the experimental section. This section will not count towards your final SAT score – it is merely a place where those who develop the SAT can try out new test questions to determine whether they would be suitable to use on a future test. Unfortunately, the experimental section is not identified on the SAT itself. It will consist of critical reading, math, and writing questions. One cannot identify which particular section on exam is the experimental section, thus one should give equal importance to all sections and should not let the thought of an experimental section hinder the efforts you put in solving the paper.


SAT is conducted six times a year







You can take SAT

After Standard X

While in Standard XI (most preferred)

After Standard XI (most preferred)

While in Standard XII

After Standard XII (you will lose atleast 6 months)



  • Most schools do not have SAT score cut-offs.
  • If applying for engineering or other science courses, then the score in the Maths section should be atleast 700.
  • SAT is just one of the parameters that universities use.
  • A good score may not get you in, however, a very bad score will surely keep you out.


  • A few of the top universities in the US like Harved,Cornell, MIT require SAT Subject tests

• Some top schools like Michigan Ann Arbor, Purdue, Stanford or Urbana

Champaign, do not require SAT Subject Test

• SAT subject test can be taken in a maximum of three subjects on a given date

• Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level II, English Literature, World History, Languages

• Each subject test is scored out of 800


In a nutshell, SAT test you on your knowledge of English and Maths that you have learnt till date in school and gives you a chance to prove your abilities in the same.

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