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SAT 2021: Dates, Registration, Fee, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Score, and Preparation Tips

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Sayantani Barman

Study Abroad Expert | Updated On -Jun 19, 2021

SAT or Scholastic Aptitude Test is an entrance test conducted by the College Board.  Candidates take SAT to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad especially in the US. SAT test is an MCQ test conducted over paper and pencil. SAT registration can be processed five weeks before the exam date. College Board SAT is conducted 7 times annually depending upon the region and is held at least 5 times a year in most countries. The two main areas of SAT are evidence-based reading and writing, math, and an optional writing section. Candidates need to answer 154 questions in 3 hours. SAT score range is 400-1600 which is used widely for seeking admission to undergraduate programs. Candidates need to pay an SAT exam fee of $101 without the optional essay and $117 with the optional essay.

SAT's late registration date for the upcoming 8th May exam was on 27th April. If not registered, candidates need to take the test on the 28th of August 2021.

Note: Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, SAT exam centers in India are not functional. Most universities or grad schools are teaching remotely, therefore SAT scores or ACT scores are waived off as standard admission requirements. Most Ivy League schools changed their admission policies and declared that students can submit applications without SAT scores due to unavoidable circumstances.

Big Changes in SAT Exam 2021 

According to the announcement of the College Board made on 19th January 2021, SAT essay section has been exempted and this order is applicable from June 2021 administration. SAT Subject tests are also removed as part of SAT exam details but only for the U.S. SAT subject tests College Board can be taken till June 2021 by the rest of the nations. The Collegeboard has decided to administer SAT online so that students can take the exam from any part of the world ensuring health safety. Collegeboard has been trying to administer a flexible test pattern for SAT. It is quite possible that a new section would be added as the subject matter of SAT 2021. 

What is SAT Exam?

Exam Name SAT
SAT exam full form Scholastic Assessment Test
Official Website https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
Most popular for Undergraduate courses in the US and Canada
Conducted by The College Board
Mode of Exam Written-based examination
SAT Exam Fees $101 without the essay and $117 with the essay
SAT Score Range 400-1600 points

Is SAT a Difficult Exam?

In simple terms, yes, SAT is a hard exam. The candidate has to sit for four hours and answer every type of question. While some questions are direct, some are very complex. 

Is SAT Easier than JEE?

JEE is a very difficult exam than SAT. The main requirement for SAT exam is having a good hold of English. Though JEE is also sometimes considered easy if the candidate knows the concepts properly, the formulas can make someone go mad. Whereas in SAT the concepts tested are of 10th standard’s, and the formulas are also given on the question sheet. 

Types of SAT

There are two types of SAT exams – SAT Test and SAT Subject Tests. While SAT is a general test that evaluates the English, Mathematical, Science, and Verbal skills of the test-takers. Whereas, SAT subject test is taken to prove knowledge about a particular subject. SAT subjects include Maths, Science, English, History, and Languages. 

Why should you take SAT?

There are reasons why SAT is considered significant during undergraduate program admission:

  • Few grad schools grant SAT scholarship for Indian students based on scores
  • Some job applications seek SAT score
  • SAT papers don’t include complex science topics which can be easier for non-science background students 
  • As compared to ACT, candidates get more time for SAT math, writing, and English 
  • SAT prep includes only high school maths topics 
  • SAT essay is like a commentary on a specific topic
  • The majority of top US colleges require SAT score for undergraduate admission
  • SAT exam fee is comparatively lesser when compared ACT to SAT

What is the use of SAT exam in India?

The main aim to conduct the SAT exam in India is to test the high school student’s knowledge level of Maths, reading, and writing to secure admission in undergraduate courses in India and abroad. A few of the SAT accepting colleges in India are Manav Rachna University, FLAME, Shiv Nadar, Ashoka, and more. 

Universities Accepting SAT Score in India

Below is a list of universities accepting SAT scores for admission. The list also includes the universities that consider SAT scores for offering SAT scholarships.

University

SAT for Admission (for Indian Residents)

SAT for Admission (for Foreign Nationals & Nonresident Indians)

SAT Scholarship Program

Ahmedabad University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Yes

Yes

-

Anant National University

- - -

Ashoka University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Atria University

Yes

Yes

Azim Premji University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bennett University

Yes

Yes

BML Munjal University

Yes

Yes

Yes

FLAME University

Yes

Yes

Yes

G D Goenka University

- - -

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management

-

Yes

-

Indian Institute of Management Ranchi

Yes

Yes

-

Indian School of Business and Finance

Yes

Yes

-

Jagdish Sheth School of Management

Yes

Yes

Yes

Jai Hind College (University of Mumbai)

- - -

JAIN (Deemed to be University)

Yes

Yes

Yes

KREA University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manipal University, Jaipur

Yes

Yes

-

MIT World Peace University

Yes

Yes

-

NMIMS

Yes

Yes

Yes

The Northcap University

Yes

Yes

-

OP Jindal Global University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Plaksha University

Yes

Yes

-

Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Deemed to be University

Yes

-

Shiv Nadar University

Yes

Yes

-

Shoolini University

- - -

Sophia College for Women

Yes

Yes

-

SP Jain School of Global Management

Yes

Yes

-

Sri Sri University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Srishti School of Art Design and Technology

Yes

Yes

-

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Yes

Yes

Yes

SRM University, AP - Amaravati

Yes

Yes

-

SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat

Yes

Yes

Yes

Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Yes

Yes

-

Symbiosis Skills and Professional University

Yes

Yes

Yes

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (Deemed University)

Yes

Yes

-

University of Petroleum and Energy Science (UPES)

- - -

Vellore Institute of Technology

Yes

Yes

-

Vijaybhoomi University

Yes

Yes

Yes

World University of Design

Yes

Yes

Yes

SAT v/s ACT: Which test to take?

Both SAT and ACT, have questions from the same topics and are used for college admissions. Candidates can study the difference between ACT to SAT from the comparison below:

Parameters SAT ACT
Purpose For college admissions and merit-based scholarships. For college admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Test Structure Reading English
Writing & Language Math
Math Reading
Essay (Optional) Science Reasoning
- Essay (Optional)
Length 3 hours (without essay) 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay) 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
Science None 1 science section accessing critical thinking skills and not specific science knowledge
Math Arithmetic Arithmetic
Algebra I & II Algebra I & II
Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics
Calculator usage Allowed for a few mathematics questions Allowed for all mathematics questions
Essays Optional Optional
Score Scale 400–1600 1–36

Also Check   SAT vs ACT

SAT Exam Eligibility 2021

There are no strict eligibility criteria for SAT set by the College Board. Those who want to appear for SAT needs to abide by the following minor criteria:

Age Limit

There is no minimum or maximum age criteria required to apply for College SAT. Research has shown that students in the age group of 17 to 19 are among the highest to appear for SAT.

Number of attempts for the SAT exams

Candidates can take SAT exam as many times as they want, there are no restrictions set by the SAT College Board. SAT exam dates 2021 are available 5 times a year in India, usually in March, May, August, October, and December.

Educational Eligibility Criteria

There is no strict educational qualification as SAT exam eligibility criteria. SAT can be taken by students who are in high school and want to apply for undergraduate studies abroad to move to the next level of their learning.

ID Proof

SAT eligibility criteria include having a Passport or a valid Aadhar card. It should contain a photograph, name, and signature on it.  

SAT Exam Registration 2021

You can register online from SAT website, or mail, or by phone. SAT Exam Registration is open throughout the year. Interested candidates, however, are required to book the upcoming SAT entrance exam date of their choice before the deadline of the application date. College Board or SAT official website has advised the universities to extend the deadlines due to the test center closures occurring due to the pandemic. For a change of test date or late registration, candidates need to pay extra fees. Also, the Sunday administrations generally start after the Saturday tests for the candidates who cannot take the exam due to religious reasons. Candidates who missed the late deadline date can apply for a waitlist. They have generated three ways for universities to help the candidates:

  1. Relaxing the score sending deadlines;
  2. Unbiasedness towards candidates who couldn't take the test due to COVID-19 and equally considering them like the ones who could take it;
  3. Considering candidates who could only take the test once.

Note: There is a very limited number of SAT dates released to date, and the conducting authority is continuously trying to accommodate the rising number of students wanting to register for SAT. Therefore, it is recommended that candidates first find if their selected college requires the SAT exam or has made it ‘test-optional. 

Online SAT Registration:

  • Candidates need to create a profile on the College Board website.
  • After the profile is created, fill the application form by providing Personal Information, High School Information, and Contact Information like mobile number, email id.
  • Then create a Student Profile
  • Select the Test and Test Center
  • Upload a clear passport size photograph
  • Use a credit card or PayPal for payment
  • Print the admission ticket for future reference

SAT Registration by Mail:

Candidates need to register by mail, if:

  • Requesting testing closer to home
  • Requesting Sunday testing for the first time
  • Paying by check or money order
  • Younger than 13 years old
  • Not able to upload a photograph
  • Registering through an SAT international representative

To Register by Mail:

  • Candidates need to request the SAT Student Registration Booklet from a counselor or College Board
  • Fill the application form
  • Candidates must mail the form along with a check or money order of application fee using the registration envelope to
    College Board SAT Program
    P.O. Box 7502
    London, KY 40742-7502

How to Cancel SAT Exam?

SAT registrations cannot be canceled before five days of the booked test. In case of canceled registration, a partial refund of $10 will be received. The refund processing starts six weeks after the test date.

How to Reschedule SAT Exam?

Test-takers will be required to spend $30 on changing the SAT test date. They need to access the SAT account and place a request for a change of SAT exam date. 

SAT Test Day Requirements

Due to COVID-19, most of the SAT test centers are following some strict guidelines for the test day:

  • Wearing masks are compulsory, candidates will not be allowed if the mask is found missing
  • Candidates should sit 6 feet away from each other
  • They should confirm some statements:
  1. They haven't come across someone suffering from COVID-19 or presumed to have it within the last 14 days
  2. They don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, muscle pain, the difficulty of breathing, chills
  3. They are not violating any travel restrainment or quarantine requirements

SAT Photo Requirements

  • Your eyes must not be blocked
  • There shouldn't be much light or darkness
  • You shouldn’t wear a hat or anything that covers your head or face(unless for religious purpose)
  • No digitally tampered photographs

SAT Exam Fees 2021

Check the table for SAT exam fees:

Test Fee
SAT $52
SAT with Essay $68
Late registration $30
Change in Registration $30
Registration Fee $26
Each SAT Subject Test (Except Language Tests with Listening) $22 additional per test
Language Tests with Listening (Only available in November) $26 additional per test

SAT Payment Methods

The conducting body of SAT doesn't accept cash. There are three ways to pay SAT exam fee:

  1. Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, and JCB.
  2. PayPal: New PayPal users are required to create an account before beginning registration. Ghana doesn't accept the PayPal method.
  3. Check or Money Order: All the money orders and checks are to be delivered to ‘The College Board’ address. Only checks drawn on U.S. banks are accepted.
  4. Other methods: Bank draft

SAT Scholarship

The College Board India Scholars Program initiated in 2018-19 focuses on providing SAT scholarships for Indian students coming from low-income families and having a meritorious background. It offers a 100% scholarship to those students who have scored 1300 on SAT and whose income doesn't meet a specific threshold. Collegeboard has connected with the Indian universities and founded the India Global Alliance. Through this candidates get the chance to study at some of the topmost international universities like Cambridge, MIT, Columbia, and more through SAT scholarship

SAT Exam Dates 2021

Only a few exam dates for SAT are left this year. As most grad schools waive off SAT requirements, the situation is quite dicy. ‘Does 2021 require SAT?’ is the most asked question among candidates looking for SAT exam dates 2021. It should be noted that most of the abroad universities have made the SAT exam ‘test-optional but the SAT scores will be considered if submitted. After checking the official SAT website, we have found the data on SAT exam dates of the 2021-22 session. It must be noted that the below SAT exam dates 2021 are solely for international candidates or the ones not residing in the US or its union territories. Check the table below for that:

SAT Test Dates 2021 – 22:

SAT Test Date Registration Deadline SAT Results
28th August 2021 29th July 2021 20th September 2021
2nd October 2021 3rd September 2021 15th October 2021
4th December 2021 5th November 2021 17th December 2021

 Anticipated SAT Test Dates 2022 – 23:

27th August 2022 1st October 2022 3rd December 2022
11th March 2023 6th May 2023 -

Few things to know about SAT international deadlines:

  1. International SAT registration deadlines are applicable for everyone residing outside the US and its territories
  2. The SAT registration deadlines expire at 11.59 pm, ET, US
  3. There is no late SAT registration for international applicants. The telephonic and online registrations need to be completed by the mentioned international deadline
  4. Candidates need to send their mailed registration forms by the international deadline
  5. For candidates registering through international representative, they need to send their paper registration forms as early as possible

SAT Test Centers 2021

In India, there are more than 50 SAT test centers spread across 30 cities. Due to COVID-19, certain test centers have closed down. Below are the closed SAT test centers for the 8th May SAT exam:

AHMEDABAD INTL SCH: 

Location: Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, India

Amer School of Bombay

Location: Mumbai

ANJUMAN ISLAM HS: 

Location: Mumbai, India

ASAN MEMORIAL SENIOR SECONDARY SCH: 

Location: Chennai, India

ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH SCHOOL: 

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

BANGALORE INTL SCH

Location: Bangalore

BILLABONG HIGH INTL SCH BHOPAL: 

Location: Bhopal, India

Bishop Cotton Boys School:

Location: Bangalore, India

CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Location: Kolkata, India

CANADIAN INTL SCH: Location:

Bangalore, India

CATHEDRAL VIDYA SCH LONAVALA Location:

Village Shilatne, Po, India

CHINMAYA INTL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

Location: Coimbatore

CS ACADEMY Erode:

Location: Erode, India

DALY COLLEGE INDORE:

Location: Indore, Mp, India

FRAVASHI INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

Location: Nashik Mumbai, India

GD GOENKA WORLD SCH

Location: Sohna, Haryana, India

HFS International

Location: Mumbai

HIRANANDANI UPSCALE SCHOOL

Location: Chennai

JAMNABAI NARSEE SCHOOL

Location: Mumbai, India

Indus International School:

Location: Hyderabad

J.V.S.D GIRLS SR SEC SCHOOL

Location: Karol Bagh, New Delhi

LANCERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Location: Gurgaon, India

NES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MUMBAI

Location: Mumbai, India

OBERIO INTL SCHOOL JVLR

Location: Mumbai, India

OBEROI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Location: Mumbai, India

PATHWAYS WORLD SCH

Location:

Gurgaon, India

ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Location: Hyderabad

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Location: Mumbai, India

SREENIDHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Location: Hyderabad

ST MICHAEL'S SR SEC SCHOOL

Location: New Delhi, India

SUNSHINE WORLDWIDE SCHOOL

Location: Old Goa

THE DOON SCHOOL

Location:

Dehradun, India

THE HYDERABAD PUBLIC SCHOOL

Location: Hyderabad

USIEF

Location: New Delhi, India

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​There can be a sudden test center closure due to the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, candidates are advised to keep a check on their selected test centers. College Board has also extended the adapted policies of Fall 2020 to support the colleges for their 2021 admissions. 

SAT Test Day Checklist​

  • Face covering masks
  • Updated admission ticket
  • Acceptable photo ID
  • Two no. 2 pencils along with erasers
  • Accepted calculator

SAT Exam Pattern 2021

  • SAT 2021 is an offline test i.e. paper-pencil test
  • The duration of the test is 3 hours while SAT exam with Essay is 3 hours 50 minutes long
  • SAT exam details include - SATReading test, SAT Writing and Language test, SAT math test without a calculator and SAT Mathe test with a calculator
  • The essay component is optional and its result is evaluated separately. It is required by some colleges.
  • SAT score range is between 400-1600
Section Time in Minutes Number of Questions Time per question
SAT Reading 65 52 75 seconds
SAT Writing and Language 35 44 48 seconds
Math No-Calculator 25 20 75 seconds
Math Calculator 55 38 77 seconds
Essay (optional) 50 1 -
Total: 3 hours, 50 minutes (3 hours without essay) 154 (+1 essay prompt) -

SAT Exam Syllabus 2021

SAT General Test and SAT Subject Test are the two widely taken SAT exams.

  • SAT General Test is generally taken by the students for admission to undergraduate colleges. It assesses the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.
  • There are 20 SAT subjects which are divided into 5 subjects further. These subjects are further categorized into smaller topics. The various SAT Subjects include:
  1. SAT Mathematics
  2. SAT Science
  3. SAT Literature
  4. SAT History and
  5. SAT Languages

SAT Score 2021

Each section of the SAT exam is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. The total SAT score is the sum of each section's scores. The highest possible SAT score is 1600 or 800+800. If one takes the Essay test, then a separate score is given. SAT essay is marked on three factors: Reading, Analysis, and Writing out of 2 to 8. SAT Score Calculator converts the raw SAT score into a scaled score based on specific rules. The average SAT score is 1000. 

Each section has a raw SAT score which is based on the number of correct answers given

  • Each question of all the section carries the 1 mark
  • No negative marking
SAT Scores Details SAT Score Range
Total SAT Score Sum of Math and EBRW 400 – 1600
Sectional Scores EBRW, and Math  200 – 800
Test Scores Reading, Writing, and Language, Math 10 - 40
SAT Essay (Optional Essay) Reading, analysis, and writing 2 – 8
Cross-test scores Analysis in history/social studies/science focused on specific questions of EBRW and Math 10 – 40
Subscores Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math. 1 – 15

SAT Score Report

SAT Score reports can be accessed via College Board profile:

  • Click on My Organizer.
  • Click on SAT Scores
  • Click on Access My Scores
  • Enter username and password
  • Click on the "My Test Scores" box
  • Your SAT score will be displayed on the screen
  • Students are required to send their score reports by phone or mail to the colleges they are eligible for
  • Score choice can be used for the above purpose
  • Students can send up to four score reports to colleges for free; prior to which an additional fee will be charged.

Furthermore, the SAT score report has a ‘Score Breakdown’ option that describes sectional scores. There are three breakdowns:

  • Test Scores: This offers the scores broken in reading and writing and language. The scores are marked out of 40 points.
  • Cross-test Scores: This offers scores based on the knowledge of science and history/social studies. This is also marked out of 40. 
  • Subscores: This measure performance based on different skills like Command of Evidence and Words in Context, for writing and language – Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions, and for math – Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.  

What is a Good SAT Score for 2020?

For 2020, 1510 and above is considered the highest score or 99th percentile. If the candidate scores in the 75th percentile or in the range of 1200 – 1210 that will be considered a good score in SAT.

How to Send SAT Scores?

Most universities require the SAT Score reports being sent directly from College Board rather than accepting copies. Candidates can either select four to five universities during registration and College Board will directly across the scores after their release without any additional cost. If you are sending the SAT scores after they are released there will be an additional fee to be incurred, though fee waivers help cancel the fee. Post-release, scores can be sent through:

  1. Online: Through the College Board account
  2. Mail: Finish and mail the ‘Additional Score Report Form’
  3. Phone: By calling the customer service 

How SAT is Scored?

SAT results are evaluated in a strict manner ensuring fairness. After submitting the answer sheet, a rigid checking is carried on until they are delivered to the processing center. The answers are scanned, then checked by the system which considers the answers mentioned in the circles. From those circled answers, the raw score is calculated. To ensure proper checking of the answers, use a pencil and a soft eraser. The circle is to be filled in darkly. 

How to Cancel SAT Score?

Candidates can cancel their SAT scores if they feel dissatisfied with their results. But once their request for cancellation has been made, it cannot be reinstated or reported. There are two ways to cancel your SAT scores:

Option 1: At the SAT Test Center

  1. Once you've taken the test, ask the staff for a ‘request to cancel test scores forms’
  2. Complete the form, and hand it over to the test coordinator before leaving

Option 2:  After leaving the SAT test center

The signed, written score cancellation form needs to be submitted before 11.59 ET on the next Thursday of the test date. The form needs to be downloaded, filled, and faxed to the given address:

Choose one of these options:

  • Fax: 610-290-8978
  • Overnight delivery via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail (the U.S. only)
SAT Score Cancellation
P.O. Box 6228
Princeton, NJ 08541-6228
  • Other overnight mail service or courier (U.S. or international)
SAT Score Cancellation
1425 Lower Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 08618

The mailing or fax label should read: "Attention: SAT Score Cancellation."

SAT Cutoff 2021

SAT cutoff for top universities requires the candidates to score around 1450 to ensure admission.

Universities SAT Cutoff (Average)
Princeton 1505 - 1570
Harvard 1470
Columbia 1505
MIT 1500 - 1570
Yale EBRW: 720-770 Math: 740-790
Stanford 1505
UChicago 1510 - 1560
Penn 1470 - 1550
Caltech 1545
John Hopkins 1450
University of Notre Dame 1390 – 1530
Washington University 1500 – 1560
Georgetown University 1320 – 1520
University of California, Berkeley 1280 - 1490
New York University 1360 – 1500
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1380 – 1540
University of South California 1440
Notre Dame 

1475

Northwestern University

1490

Duke University 1520
New York University 1440

SAT Exam Preparation 2021

SAT exam preparation strategies and tips according to the subject areas are described as follows:

Reading: SAT focuses more on reading as it comprises four to five long passages. So try to read as much as you can and make sure to avoid the fiction part and go through magazines and newspapers.

Mental Maths: Engage in SAT practice tests and practice mental maths, this will help the candidate a long way. Solve SAT past papers of math by managing time.

Eliminating Method: Learn eliminating methods, it is important to be smart during the test. Sometimes, it is easier to find the wrong answers than the correct ones. This will make candidates smart enough to eliminate the incorrect ones. SAT online coaching helps candidates with different types of methods to improve their scores. 

Focus on Weaknesses: Focus more on weak sections by solving SAT tests online. This will provide the candidate with a better understanding.

Learn time management: Try to practice SAT mock test for learning time management. The questions related to passages can consume a lot of time. So, make sure you practice enough SAT exam sample papers, to learn time management during the preparation phase.

Focus on your first response: The first response you give in SAT is mostly correct so don’t give it a second thought. Implement this practice while solving SAT past papers. 

Make an SAT study guide: Create an SAT study guide according to your schedule. If you are attending school or coaching, calculate the traveling time as well. Provide more study hours during the weekend.

Focus on SAT Vocabulary: Learn new SAT vocabulary from flashcards on a daily basis to properly answer the evidence-based reading and writing section. Candidates can get numerous flashcards online, and SAT online coaching also provides candidates with new words during preparation.

Guess when you don’t know the answer: The new SAT doesn't penalize the candidates for guessing. Therefore, in case you don’t know any answer, you can guess. Only try to eliminate a minimum of one wrong answer before guessing. Take an SAT practice test to implement this elimination method. 

Don’t forget to bring a watch/timer: SAT test centers don’t necessarily have a correct timer. Therefore, it is always necessary to carry one of your own.  

Decide a reading strategy: During preparation for an SAT course, know which reading strategy is perfect for you. Is it skimming or reading the questions first?

Gather authentic SAT study materials: Candidates need to study from authentic study materials like Official SAT Study Guide 2020 Edition, Barron’s books, vocabulary flashcards, and more. 

Recognize rhetoric questions: Less than half of SAT reading questions are rhetorical ones. Candidates need to study SAT past papers to understand that these questions need to be answered by studying the structure, development, and format. Focus on how the writing accomplices the author's purpose.

SAT Coaching: There various institutes in India that provide both SAT online coaching and offline coaching. You get into any institute for guidance according to your convenience. A few of them are listed below in the table for your help. 

SAT Exam Books

A list of SAT exam books for preparation that will help you grasp the concepts of SAT exam subjects easily are as follows:

  • The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide(2006) - Check PDF
  • Barron’s SAT, 29th Edition - Check PDF
  • Kalli’s SAT Pattern Strategy - Check PDF
  • Kaplan SAT Prep Plus 2021- Check PDF
  • The Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT, 2020 Edition - Check PDF
  • McGraw Hill Education SAT Elite 2021 Edition - Check PDF

SAT Practice Papers

SAT preparation includes going through SAT previous year papers and taking numerous SAT practice tests. Here we have listed a few of the SAT practice papers:

SAT Writing and Language:

Ques. What is the SAT point scale?

Ans. Candidates receive two section scores, Reading and Writing, and Math. Each of them is calculated on a scale of 200 to 800. Both these scores sum up the total SAT score. The total score ranges from 400 and 1600.

Ques. What is the registration fee for SAT 2020?

Ans. The registration fee for SAT exam is $47.50 and SAT with Essay costs $64.50. Also, students giving this exam outside the US have to pay $49 in addition to the registration fee. The registration fee for a subject test is $26.

Ques. Am I allowed to use a calculator?

Ans. Yes, but it is not required much in the exam.

Ques. How much time does it take to prepare for the SAT 2020?

Ans. It takes 5-12 weeks to prepare for the SAT 2020 exam. However, it is always recommended to practice sufficient full-length tests before appearing for the exam, so that you can give your best.

Ques. How can one send SAT scores to colleges?

Ans. Candidates receive four free Score Reports during registration for the SAT test. Candidates can send the scores to colleges up to nine days after taking the test after that they have to pay $12 for sending the score reports to each university/program they choose.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

Comments


102 Comments
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ishani goswami
Information regarding attempting the sections please.. what and what not to attempt?
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sinbad chongtham

SAT exam paper consists of 155 questions divided in three sections, Evidence-based Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Essay. The first two sections are mandatory and the last section,  Essay, is optional.

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shreya sarkar
Is there special qualification reqiured for admission for International students other than that for Domestic students in the US?
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simran singh

There is no strict educational qualification as SAT exam eligibility criteria. SAT exam can be taken by student who are in high school and want to apply for undergraduate studies abroad.

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tanishka shah
Will SAT score be utlised only to get admission in Foreign Universities?
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simran singh

No, the SAT scores are not only used for getting admission in foreign universities, there are some Indian universities which accepts SAT scores.

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sandesh kumar
What are the documents that I must take with me on the exam day?
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spandita hati

The documents that a student should carry on the exam day are the identity proof (Voter ID/passport/aadhar card) that you have submitted during registration and the admit card. A calculator is only allowed if it is written in the official notification or admit card.

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bhumika
I gave the exam in January 2020, can I use this score to get admission in 2021 session with that score?
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spandita hati

Yes, if you have given SAT exam in January 2020, your scorecard is valid 5 years from the date of your examination. It will be valid till 2025

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ramesh kumar gupta
If SAT is optional this year, so how can I get admission in Abroad Universities?
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spandita hati

Many Universities have dropped ACT/SAT this year in the raise of the COVID pandemic. Those who have dropped from SAT don’t require SAT scores. They are taking admission via different categories. 

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fauzia shahid
Do I need to complete class 12th before giving SAT for the first time?
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diya suresh

There is no set eligibility norms to appear for the SAT exam, but it is suggested to take the test at the age of 17 years or more. There is no set educational qualification, by SAT syllabus tests knowledge of high school,so the best time to attempt the test is while studying in 11th or 12th class. There is however no limit to number of attempts or maximum age limit. Find more details at SAT eligibility 2021.

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ramesh kumar gupta
Will the exam take place or offline this year?
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spandita hati

SAT 2020 was closed temporarily due to COVID. However this year SAT will be conducted in offline mode across various exam centers. The actual capacity of testing has been decreased as a precautionary measure. 

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naman
What is the eligibility criteria to give SAT?
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spandita hati

The main eligibility criteria to give SAT are:

  • there is no minimum or maximum age limit. 
  • Students can appear in SAT as many times. In India, it conducted 5 times a year. 
  • SAT is for admission to undergraduate courses, thus there is not a strict educational requirement. However, the applicant should complete 10+2. 

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deepak sharma
SATY Exam Centre for 13th March 2021
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diya suresh

SAT is conducted once in a month in around 30 cities with more than 50 test centers. It is recommended to apply at the earliest so as to get the nearest test center as owing to COVID situation exam centers are taking limited candidates. To get details of exam centers on different city basis visit SAT test centers 2021.

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rajveer singh
Hi there, Recently I am studying in class 12 so can I give sat (2021-2022) or not. Please help.
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aniket ranjan

Yes, you can apply for SAT exam as there are no specific eligibility criteria set by the College Board, the body that conducts and manages the SAT exam. For more details visit:- SAT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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uma goenka
What is the eligibility to apply for the scholarhip program on the basis of SAT?
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manisha malik

Following is the eligibility criteria to avail of scholarship on the basis of SAT score:

  1. You must be Indian
  2. You must be a student in Class 11 or 12 in the session of 2019–20
  3. The annual household income  has to be less than INR 8 Lakhs
  4. Out of 1600, you must secure SAT score of 1300 or above.
  5. You must secure admission in the participating Indian university of the aforementioned programs

To get more details about the same, click here – SAT Scholarship.

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mohammed najamuddin
Will SAT give admission only in UG programs?
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aniket ranjan

Hii Najamuddin, Greetings from collegedunia. The SAT exam haven’t any such eligibility criteria. The conducting body of SAT exam hasn't set any eligibility criteria such as educational qualification and age restriction. For more details Click Here

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bhagyashri kene
Is there any way in which SAT can be prepared during 11 and 12 class?
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spandita hati

Yes, students planning to study abroad can start preparing for SAT after their 10th board exam. Students have to decide priorly of the colleges they are planning to apply to and the subject likewise. If you are planning to appear the SAT exam you will have 6 chances left.  

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nafisa khatoon
Can there be any section where non-mcq questions can be asked?
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spandita hati

Most of the questions asked are MCQ-based. Except if any student is taking an essay which is optional then they will be given extra 50 minutes time and they have to write the essay. Some of the questions from mathematics sections are to be answered where you have to write the answer in a space. 

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shivkumar dama
Is SAT exam score valid to take admission in UG program in any Univerisity in UK?
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diya suresh

Hi Shivkumar, No it is not necessary but majority of teh colleges or Universities abroad accept score of SAT for admission to undergraduate level courses. There is no minimum or maximum kind of age criteria applicable for SAT. To get more details visit SAT 2021 eligibility.

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sandesh kumar
After the exam how shall I submit my official transcript?
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diya suresh

Hi Sandesh, SAT is an offline pen paper test that is conducted in an exam center, so there is no need to send the official transcript personally. After results are declared, students can send SAT scores in offline mode via college board to maximum 4 Universities free of cost. To know  more details visit SAT score 2021.

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bhumika
Will there be any change in admission procedure this year?
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diya suresh

Hi Bhumika, Owing to pandemic, certain Universities have ruled out the requirement of SAT scores for admissions. Registration can be done throughout the year in online mode or via mail. The exam centers were closed but soon are reopening hence SAT will be conducted in 2021. To know other related details click SAT registration 2021.

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ibashisha mukhim
Which section should be practised more to get good rank?
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shatakshi patki
Is SAT exam score valid to take admission in any of the International University?
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aniket ranjan

Yes, SAT score are valid for Admission in most of the international universities. There are also some Universities that doesn't require SAT score for admission.