SAT 2020


    SAT 2020 Registration, Exam Dates, and Exam Fee

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    SAT is an international standardized test required for admission into most of the colleges in the United States. It is also accepted in colleges in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada. SAT is developed and published by the College Board. It is administered by Educational Testing Services worldwide on behalf of the College Board in over 25,000 test centers across 192 countries.

    Latest: SAT home-based test has been suspended amid COVID-19 crisis. The authority stated that the lack of uninterrupted internet connectivity is major reason behind the suspension of exam.

    SAT EligibilitySAT RegistrationSAT Exam Dates and Test CentersSAT Exam Pattern

    SAT Test is conducted 7 times annually depending upon the region. It is held at least 5 times a year in most countries. SAT registration costs between USD 52.50 to USD 101.50 depending upon the country. It was taken by 1.7 million students across the world in 2017.

    • SAT is 3 hours long paper-pencil test.
    • It has four sections – Reading; Writing and Language; Mathematics (no calculator); Mathematics (calculator use allowed).
    • A fifth section of essay writing (50 minutes) is optional. It is, however, required by some colleges.
    • The score range is between 400-1600 for overall test.

    SAT 2020 Exam Highlights

    Exam NameSAT
    Level of the examInternational
    Administered byEducational Testing Service (ETS)
    Developed byCollege Board
    Mode of examPaper-pencil
    SAT FeeUSD 47.50
    SAT Fee with EssayUSD 64.50
    Score Range400-1600 overall
    SAT Test Centers25,000 across the world
    SAT HelplineDomestic: 866-756-7346 | International: 212-713-7789

    SAT v/s ACT: Which to test to take?

    Both SAT and ACT, have questions from same topics and are used for college admissions. Comparison between the two tests –

    PurposeFor college admissions and merit-based scholarships.For college admissions and merit-based scholarships.
    Test Structure


    Writing & Language


    Essay (Optional)




    Science Reasoning

    Essay (Optional)


    3 hours (without essay)

    3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

    2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)

    3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)

    Reading5 reading passages4 reading passages
    ScienceNone1 science section accessing critical thinking skills and not specific science knowledge


    Algebra I & II

    Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis


    Algebra I & II

    Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics

    Calculator usageAllowed for a few mathematics questionsAllowed for all mathematics questions
    Score Scale400–16001–36

    SAT Subject Test

    • SAT Subject Tests are for specific subjects required by colleges for admission.
    • 20 Subject Tests are available in five general areas – English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.
    • The tests are generally available six times in a year.
    • Each Subject Test is of one hour duration.
    • Students can take up to three Subject Test on a test day.
    • One cannot take SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day.
    • Language with Listening test are available only in November.
    • List of Subject Tests:
    Math Level 1Math Level 2
    Biology E/MChemistry
    Physics -
    U.S. HistoryWorld History
    SpanishSpanish with Listening
    FrenchFrench with Listening
    Chinese with ListeningItalian
    GermanGerman with Listening
    Modern HebrewLatin
    Japanese with ListeningKorean with Listening

    SAT Eligibility

    • No eligibility criteria
    • Students who are 12 years or younger in age can only register by mail
    • Students in eighth grade or below must not include a photo in their registration

    SAT Registration

    • SAT registration can be done online or by mail.
    • Special accommodations can be requested for students with disabilities at the time of registration

    Online Registration

    1. Create a profile on the College Board website    
    2. Fill the application form by providing Personal Information, High School Information, and Contact Information
    3. Create a Student Profile
    4. Select Test and Test Center
    5. Upload a front facing clear photograph of headshot
    6. Check out and pay the application fee using credit card or PayPal
    7. Print the admission ticket

    Registration by Mail

    One needs 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
    • Unable to upload a digital photo in the online registration process
    • Registering through an SAT international representative

    To register by mail:

    1. Request SAT Student Registration Booklet from a counselor or College Board
    2. Fill the application form
    3. 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
    Rescheduling, Cancelling or Changing SAT

    Rescheduling, Cancelling or Changing SAT

    Students can request a change in test date or center or test: SAT to SAT with Essay or SAT to SAT Subject test or vice versa

    1. Log in to the College Board profile to make any changes
    2. Make the required changes before the deadline
    3. Pay the fee applicable using credit card or PayPal
    4. Click on Update
    5. Print the updated admission ticket

    SAT Fee

    • Additional fee along with registration fee (Extra 49$) is applicable for students taking the test outside the United States and U.S. Territories.
    • Service charges are applicable for services like score verification, rescheduling the test, etc.

    Registration Fees

    SAT with Essay$64.50

    Fee Waiver

    • The set fee can be waived for students from low-income families
    • Available only for citizens of the U.S. or U.S. territories
    • Students must fulfill one or more of the following criteria to be eligible –
      • Enrolled in or can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
      • Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
      • Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program aiding students from low-income families  
      • Family receives public assistance
      • Lives in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or is homeless
      • A ward of the state or an orphan.

    SAT Exam Dates and Test Centers

    • SAT is conducted in over 25,000 test centers in 192 countries. Click here to find the nearest SAT test center
    • SAT is scheduled for the following dates –
    SAT DateSAT Subject Tests AvailableRegistration DeadlineLate Registration DeadlineDeadline for Changes
    March 14, 2020

    SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date

    February 14, 2020February 25, 2020 (for mailed registrations) March 3, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)March 3, 2020
    May 2, 2020


    U.S. History

    Mathematics Level 1

    Mathematics Level 2

    Biology E/M





    April 3, 2020April 14, 2020 (for mailed registrations) April 21, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)April 21, 2020
    June 6, 2020


    U.S. History

    World History

    Mathematics Level 1

    Mathematics Level 2

    Biology E/M






    Modern Hebrew



    May 8, 2020May 19, 2020 (for mailed registrations) May 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)May 27, 2020
    August 25, 2020


    U.S. History

    World History

    Mathematics Level 1

    Mathematics Level 2

    Biology E/M





    July 27, 2020August 7, 2020 (for mailed registrations) August 15, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)August 15, 2020
    October 6, 2020


    U.S. History

    Mathematics Level 1

    Mathematics Level 2

    Biology E/M





    September 7, 2020September 18, 2020 (for mailed registrations) September 26, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)September 26, 2020
    November 3, 2020


    U.S. History

    Mathematics Level 1

    Mathematics Level 2

    Biology E/M



    French with Listening

    German with Listening

    Spanish with Listening

    Chinese with Listening

    Japanese with Listening

    Korean with Listening

    October 5, 2020October 16, 2020 (for mailed registrations) October 24, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)October 24, 2019
    December 1, 2020


    U.S. History

    World History

    Mathematics Level 1

    Mathematics Level 2

    Biology E/M






    November 2, 2020November 13, 2020 (for mailed registrations) November 20, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)November 20, 2020

    2020-21 SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)

    SAT DateSAT Subject Test Availability
    March 14, 2020No
    May 2, 2020Yes
    June 6, 2020Yes
    August 25, 2020Yes
    October 6, 2020Yes
    November 3, 2020Yes
    December 1, 2020Yes

    SAT Admission Ticket

    • SAT Admission Ticket is available right after the completion of registration
    • Students must present the ticket along with a photo ID at the test center
    • The admission ticket has the following information –
    Student NameStudent Address
    Date of BirthGender
    High SchoolTest Date
    Test TypeTest Center
    Registration NumberInstructions for Test day 

    SAT Exam Pattern

    • SAT is a paper-pencil test
    • It is 3 hours long while SAT with Essay is 3 hours 50 minutes long
    • SAT has four components - Reading test, Writing and Language test, Mathematics test without calculator, and Mathematics test with calculator
    • Essay component is optional. It is required by some college. Students need to opt for it as per the college they wish to apply for.
    • Score scale ranges between 400-1600
    • Score scales for Reading and Writing & Language components are 200-800; for Mathematics – 2 to 8
    • Essay results are evaluated separately
    • Number of questions and time allotted to each section –
    ComponentTime Allotted (in min.)Number of Questions/ Tasks
    Writing and Language3544
    Essay (optional)501
    Total180 (230 with Essay)154 (155 with Essay)

    Read More About  SAT Exam Pattern

    SAT Syllabus

    SAT test focuses on accessing skills and knowledge acquired by students in the high school education. Each section tests the skills required to succeed in college.

    Reading Test

    • Multiple choice questions based on passages and informational graphics
    • Some questions consist of informational graphics like tables, graphs, and charts
    • The test includes –
      • A passage from a classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
      • One passage or a pair of passages from either a U.S. founding document or a text in the Great Global Conversation. For e.g.: The U.S. Constitution or a speech by Nelson Mandela
      • A passage about economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science.
      • Two science passages (or one passage and one passage pair) examining foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics.

    Writing and Language Test

    • Multiple choice questions based on passages
    • Some passages have informational graphics like tables, graphs, and charts
    • Questions are based on sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.
    • Students required to change words, clauses, sentences, and punctuation to fix the mistakes in the sentences.
    • The topics include verb tense, parallel construction, subject-verb agreement, and comma use as well.

    Mathematics Test

    • The test is divided into two sections – Math Test–Calculator and Math Test–No Calculator.
    • Most questions are multiple choice while some are grid-ins
    • Grid-in questions require students to solve a question and fill in the answer derived in the space given
    • Topics covered include – 
      • Algebra
      • Ratios, Rates, Proportional Relationships, Scale Drawings, Percentages
      • Polynomials, Linear, Quadratic, Exponential Models, and Equations
      • Linear and Exponential Growths
      • Probability, Statistics, Graphs
      • Geometry and Trigonometry

    SAT Result

    • SAT Scores are usually released three weeks after the test day.
    • SAT score reports include –
      • The total score
      • Sectional score
      • Sub score (marks scored in each types of questions)
      • Essay score (if applicable)
      • Student’s percentile
    • Score reports can be accessed via College Board profile
      1. Click on My Organizer.
      2. Click on SAT Scores
      3. Click on  Access My Scores  
      4. Enter username and password
      5. Click on "My Test Scores" box
      6. Your SAT score will be displayed on 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 additional fee will be charged.

    Read More SAT Result and Score

    SAT Score

    • The raw score achieved by students is converted to a scale of 200-800 for each section.
    • The total score is in the range of 400-1600.

    SAT Score Verification

    • Students can request Score Verification for a charge, in case they are not satisfied with their scores.
    • The request can be made till five months after the test date.
    • Booklet with SAT questions and answered marked by the student is provided.
    • In some case, the entire answer sheet is scored again manually.
    • If any errors are found in the scoring, the verification charges are refunded.
    • The scores updated automatically after the verification.
    • Students can request this service online or by mail by filling the SAT Score Verification form.

    SAT Score Cancellation

    • If a student feels he/she has not performed well on his/her SAT, he/she can request an SAT Score Cancellation.
    • The request must be received before 11:59 P.M. on the Thursday following the test date
    • This service cannot be availed online or by phone due to signature requirement
    • The request can be made – at the test center and after leaving the test center

    At the Test Center

    • Ask the coordinator at the end of the test for a Request to Cancel Test Score form
    • Complete the form
    • Submit it with the coordinator

    After Leaving the Test Center

    • Download the form from the College Board website
    • Information to be provided for score cancellation –
      • Test date
      • Test center number
      • Name of test you are canceling—either the SAT or SAT Subject Test(s)
      • Name, address, sex, birth date and registration number
      • Signature
    • Send a written request with signature along with the completed form via fax or mail.
    • The mail or fax label must read: "Attention: SAT Score Cancellation".
    • The cancellation fee can be paid by check or money order.
    • Fax: 610-290-8978
    • Mailing Address:  SAT Score Cancellation, 1425 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08618

    FAQs on SAT

    Ques. How many times can I take the SAT in a year?

    Ans. There is no limit on the number of times one takes the SAT.

    Ques.How many times is the SAT available in a year?

    Ans. SAT is available 7 times in a year in United States. It is usually available at least 5 times in a year in countries outside the U.S.

    Ques.How do I register for the SAT?

    Ans. One needs to register on College Board website for the SAT. Students can also register by mail in case of special circumstances like if a student is below 12 years in age, he/she must register by mail.

    Ques.What are the eligibility criteria to sit for the SAT exam?

    Ans. There are no criteria that one needs to fulfill to sit for SAT. You are allowed to sit for the SAT as long as you have a valid government issued photo ID to present at the test center.

    Ques.How much does it cost to take the SAT test?

    Ans. The basic fee for SAT is $47.50. SAT with Essay costs $64.50. Students taking test outside the United States and its territories need to pay regional charges along with the SAT fee.

    Ques.Can the SAT fee be waivered?

    Ans. College Board offers fee waiver for students coming from low income backgrounds. However, it is applicable only for U.S. citizens.

    Ques.When can I get SAT admission ticket after registration?

    Ans. SAT admission ticket is available as soon as you pay the SAT application fee and finish the registration. You can print the admission ticket right after registration.

    Ques.What do I do if I lose my SAT admission ticket?

    Ans. Log in to your College Board profile and print a new copy.

    Ques.What do I do if I forget to bring my SAT admission ticket with me at the test center?

    Ans. Student will not be allowed inside the test center without a test ticket or a valid government issued photo ID. Try avoid such a situation.

    Ques.What is SAT Subject Test?

    Ans. SAT Subject Tests are one hour long exam that test a candidate’s knowledge in a specific field of education.

    Ques.How many SAT Subject Test are available?

    Ans. There are a total of 20 subject tests available for students to sit.

    Ques.Why should one take the SAT Subject Test?

    Ans. SAT Subject Tests are a great way to showcase your strengths in the subject of your interests to the college their choice.

    Ques.Is it compulsory to take the essay while sitting for the SAT exam?

    Ans. Essays are optional. However, some colleges in the United States and outside require students to write an essay to get an insight in the though process and personality of the students.

    Ques.What are the main topics covered under SAT?

    Ans. SAT assesses students’ knowledge in the topics studied in high school. The question paper consists of questions from English, History, Mathematics and many such areas.

    Ques.Can I use calculator to attempt mathematics questions?

    Ans. Yes, but only for the section that allows the use of calculator. One section in mathematics does not allow students to use calculator.

    Ques.How long does it take for the SAT score to come out after the test day?

    Ans. SAT scores are released within two weeks after the test day.

    Ques.How do I check my SAT result?

    Ans. You need to log in to your College Board profile to check your SAT score.

    Ques.How do I send my SAT score to colleges?

    Ans. College Board provides Score Choice service through which you can send up to four score for free. Prior to which an additional charge is levied for sending scores to the colleges you are eligible for.

    Ques.What is SAT score cancellation?

    Ans. If a student feels he/she has not performed his best on the test then he/she can choose to cancel the SAT he/she sat for.

    Ques.How do I cancel my SAT score?

    Ans. Either ask for the score cancellation form at the center and submit it with the coordinator or download and fill the score cancellation form and send it with a written request to the College Board.

    Ques.Can I cancel my SAT score using my College Board profile?

    Ans. No, one cannot cancel the SAT score online because of signature requirement. A signed consent for the score cancellation is required.

    Ques.Can I cancel my scheduled SAT?

    Ans. If due to any reason you are unable to appear for the scheduled SAT, you can reschedule the test for the next date as per your convenience. You can use your College Board profile for rescheduling or cancelling the test. Service charges are applicable.

    Ques.Can I avail special accommodation owing to my disability and medical condition?

    Ans. Yes, College Board provides special accommodations and assistances for students who need them. You have fill the form for Services for Student with Disabilities. Send it along with supporting documents for verification and approval. The process can take up to 7 weeks.

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

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    Azzan Foster

    How much is my SAT fees without the essay component as an International student from St. Lucia in the Caribbean

    07 Nov, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Azzan, without essay component, $49.5 is to be paid as application fee.

    07 Nov, 2019 10:59
    Principal Mbsv

    Is it mandatory to carry passport as photo ID to the exam centre or Aadhaar card is accepted?

    29 Sep, 2019 10:39
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hello, any photo ID will be acceptable.

    01 Oct, 2019 17:44
    dev jadon

    I am passed 12th pcm jee main qualify can I do sat

    20 Jul, 2019 11:47
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Dev, following are the points to know regarding eligibility for this exam:

    • There is no specific eligibility criteria.
    • Students who are 12 years or younger in age can only register by mail.
    • Students in eighth grade or below must not include a photo in their registration.

    20 Jul, 2019 12:44
    Sanjay Kumar

    I'm 12th computer student, not study biology Subject Then how I attended biology question in SAT? Which country history subject study for SAT?

    18 Mar, 2019 14:00
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sanjay, kindly visit the official website of the exam authorities for desired information.

    18 Mar, 2019 15:29
    Ravi Tiwari

    hey please you suggest me that i am take a addmission in which corse i am intruted in softweare engeeniering but i have 12th in science not mathematics this is the my problem

    09 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Ravi, As every college, has their own admission criteria and eligibility you need to just focus your aim or goals which you decided and make it good with best efforts.

    09 Jan, 2019 11:24
    beesetti chanikya

    how to register for SAT

    02 Nov, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Sir, You may please read this given below for getting the Registration for SAT Exam:-

    SAT Registration
    • SAT registration can be done online or by mail.
    • Special accommodations can be requested for students with disabilities at the time of registration
    Online Registration
    1. Create a profile on the College Board website    
    2. Fill the application form by providing Personal Information, High School Information, and Contact Information
    3. Create a Student Profile
    4. Select Test and Test Center
    5. Upload a front facing clear photograph of headshot
    6. Check out and pay the application fee using credit card or PayPal
    7. Print the admission ticket

    02 Nov, 2018 11:04

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