The SAT is a standardized test that is used for undergraduate and college-level admissions in many countries across the world, particularly in the USA. The College Board creates and administers the SAT exam, a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test. The test primarily consists of two subjects: Math and English, each of which is divided into two sections. So, the SAT has four sections: reading, writing and language, Math (with a calculator) and, Math (without a calculator). The total SAT score is 1600 points.
The test contains an optional Essay as well, the results of which are presented separately from the multiple-choice test results. Although not all universities need SAT essay’s scores, some do, therefore, before taking the SAT, read the admissions criteria of each university where you are applying. The test is scheduled almost every alternative month, and in a year around seven SAT exams are conducted. Students can schedule their tests according to their preparedness and can select a location most convenient to them. The test can be taken as many times as you want to, and only the highest score will be considered. The test will last in 3 hours and 15 minutes, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay.
Basics about SAT
The SAT exam consists of four mediatory sections; Reading, Writing and Language, Math without Calculator, and Math with Calculator and an optional section; Essay writing. Below is the breakdown of the sections.
|Reading||65 mins||52 questions|
|Writing and Language||35 mins||44 questions||800|
|Math without Calculator||25 mins||20 questions|
|Math with Calculator||55 mins||38 questions||800|
|Essay Writing||50 mins||1 question|
Why take the SAT test?
Sat is the widest used assessment test by universities and colleges to make a decision for admissions. Taking SAT test will;
- Open the doors for university and college admissions.
- A good score on SAT will help secure scholarships for top universities around the world.
- If you don’t have a good GPA or good grades in A level or intermediate, a good score SAT can balance that and help secure admission at top universities.
Eligibility criteria for SAT
Although there no defined criteria for the taking the SAT exam, here are a few things to look at;
Age – there is no age limit
Qualification – The SAT has no specific qualification requirements; nonetheless, because SAT scores are used for undergraduate college or university admission, students should begin studying after high school.
- Due to internet privacy restrictions, students under the age of 13 can only register by mail or phone, not online. Students who register by phone are eligible for a fee waiver.
- Students in lower grades than ninth do not need to register with a photograph.
|Sat||$55 + $49 (Non-U.S. Regional Fee) = $104|
|Change test center/ date/ test type (SAT)||$25|
Exam Registration Process
Step 1; Sign up/register yourself on the official page of college board, or sign in if you are already registered or have an account.
Step 2: Complete your SAT registration, provide any documents requested by the college board, and upload a photograph that will serve as your test ticket.
Step 3: Make the payment
Step 4: Make a printout of you admission Ticket and now you can take the test