SAT 2023 - Exam Dates, Full Form, Registration, Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus

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Updated on Aug 01, 2023 9:50 PM IST

Are you considering a bachelor's degree abroad? Well, whether you want to pursue Bachelor's in Business and Management or Bachelor's in Design, you might have to take the SAT exam.

The SAT allows colleges in the US and 80+ other countries to compare students from different schools and countries. Standardised test scores form an important part of college admissions and although many universities are going test-optional, having a strong test score can boost your chances of admission to leading universities. Moreover, colleges worldwide award merit-based scholarships to applicants with strong SAT exam scores. 

Here is everything you need to know about the SAT exam, from exam dates in India to colleges that will accept SAT scores in 2023-24.

Latest Update

  • January 01,2023 12:00 AM IST
  • More Than 80% of the US Four-Year Colleges Will Not Require SAT/ACT Test Scores for Admissions in 2023!

    As the college application season heats up for the upcoming academic year, a new survey finds that more than 80% of US bachelor's degree-granting institutions will not require students applying for fall 2023 admission to submit either ACT or SAT standardised exam scores. According to FairTest, over 1,750 schools will have ACT/SAT-optional policies in place for fall 2023, which means that candidates will be able to choose whether or not to submit test scores and have them included in a college's admissions process.

  • December 02,2022 12:00 AM IST
  • CollegeBoard Introduces Digital SAT from 2023

    Digital SAT examination will be conducted from March 2023. Students will now take the SAT online and several changes have been introduced to make the test more tech-savvy. The exam duration has been reduced to 2 hours and 14 minutes. Changes have also been introduced in the exam sections. 

  • August 04,2022 12:00 AM IST
  • CalTech to Not Review SAT Scores Until Fall 2025

    CalTech will not consider SAT scores for admission to bachelor's courses until 2025. The institute earlier discontinued SAT scores due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its constraints across the world. However, the ban is now being continued due to a rigorous internal analysis of applicants' results. 

  • January 31,2022 12:00 AM IST
  • SAT Exam to Get Shorter, Cover More Topics and will Allow Calculator

    SAT exam has been revamped and will cover more topics, the duration has been reduced and will allow usage of calculator for a part of the maths section. International students will get seven attempts instead of five. These steps have been taken to make the exam easier and accessible to students.

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What is SAT 2023 Exam?

SAT exam is a standardised aptitude test that is conducted by CollegeBoard for admission to bachelor's courses at US colleges and universities. The exam is administered on behalf of the Educational Testing Services (ETS). The test measures the readiness of high school students for college. 

With SAT scores, candidates can get admission to colleges in Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore. It is possible to apply to those SAT accepting colleges by submitting SAT results. Internationally, the test is conducted four times a year: October, December, March and May. 

SAT Full Form

The full form of SAT has been dropped now and the word no longer stands for anything. During its initial days in 1926, the full form of SAT was Scholastic Aptitude Test. After that, it was renamed several times. In 1990, it was named as Scholastic Assessment Test. 

The name was again changed to SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests by CollegeBoard. The exam is now simply called SAT.

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Get Expert Assistance to Admit to SAT Accepted Colleges!

Why SAT Exam is Taken?

The benefits of the SAT exam are what make it popular among students and universities. It is a standardised yardstick to measure the performance of students. Here are the other benefits of taking the test:

  • The CollegeBoard acknowledges the variability in class selection, curricula and grading in different high schools across the world making it a common playing field for all students aspiring to take the test.

  • The SAT exam encourages students to strive for highly competitive schools where scores play a valuable role. It helps them to push beyond their limits.

  • The SAT question papers help familiarise students with the syllabus and class activities going around the world.

  • With good SAT scores, the possibility to get an SAT scholarship also increases.

  • The SAT exam being lighter on Maths is easy for students who do not prefer the subject much. The main focus areas are geometry, trigonometry and algebra.

  • It is a uniform tool to measure the standards of students as letters of recommendation, Grade Point Average and statements of purpose are highly personalised.

  • The time received to attempt the SAT exam is higher than other entrance tests. Students can comfortably complete their papers. 

  • There are multiple SAT exam dates and students get the flexibility to appear for it whenever they wish. They get abundant time to prepare themselves.

Did you know that SAT is one of the entrance exams required to study bachelor's degree courses in some of the popular study destinations? It falls under the list of:

Therefore, a major reason to take the SAT Exam would be to make yourself eligible for several universities in the US, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.

What Skills do the SAT Exam Test?

The SAT exam assesses students' Mathematical, Critical Reading, and Writing abilities. The College Board claims that they test the skills that students have learned in school. They assess the skills necessary for students' academic success in college.

SAT Exam Highlights 2023

Components Details
Exam Name


(Previously Scholastic Aptitude Test)

Accepted by Colleges and universities in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, etc. offering undergraduate courses accept SAT
Duration 3 hours
Conducted by The College Board
Mode of Exam Written examination
SAT Fee SAT: USD 52 + Non-US Regional Fee: USD 49
SAT with Essay: USD 68 + Non-US Regional Fee: USD 49
Score Range 400-1600
SAT Components Reading Test
Writing and Language Test
Math Test
SAT Contact 

The College Board National Office
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281

Phone: 212-713-8000

Get Expert Guidance for SAT Exam Here! 

Types of SAT Exam

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a coveted examination, an entrance exam, which is required to qualify if a student is aspiring to study abroad for his or her undergraduate courses in countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. 

The SAT test is available in two formats - the SAT, also known as SAT1 and SAT Subject Test, also referred to as SAT2.

Note: As per the latest update, SAT Subjects Test has been discontinued by the College Board. So the following information is just for reference. 


The SAT1 examination is a comprehensive test for Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Language Aptitude including the Essay section. The essay section was earlier optional, but now it has been discontinued by the College Board. All of these tests focus on testing the logical and critical and analytical thinking skills of the candidate. 


The SAT Subjects Test or SAT 2 is a more subject-oriented exam. Candidates here are required to prove their proficiency in a particular chosen subject. SAT2 gives an overall option of 20 subjects like Chemistry, US History, Literature, Physics, Modern Hebrew, Biology (Ecological/ Molecular), Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2, Modern Hebrew, etc.

Both tests assess whether the candidates are eligible for abilities and skills and also make it easier for the universities and colleges to determine if the candidates are ready for the chosen programme.

Who can take the SAT?

The College Board that administers the SAT exam has not laid down specific eligibility criteria for who can take the test but generally it is taken by high school students who wish to get admitted to undergraduate courses in colleges and universities in the USA. There is no minimum or maximum age limit for taking the SAT exam. Generally, students between the ages of 17 to 19 take SAT exam when they are in class 11 or class 12.

There is no minimum educational qualification required to take SAT exam. Students in class 11 or class 12 opt for the SAT exam. Students must start SAT prep as soon as possible to score good marks and get admission to their desired college.

College Board has not laid rules on how many times you can take SAT exam. SAT exams can be taken as many times as a student wants but it is advisable to take at least two tests to get desired results.

Disabled students who inform the College Board beforehand get facilities that make their examination experience easier. The facilities which they get are Braille or large print exams specially for visually impaired students or extra writing time.

Students often get confused between SAT and ACT exams. What they don't understand is the difference between and usage of the two. Check out the SAT vs. ACT: What is the Difference & Which One is Right For You.

SAT Eligibility Criteria for 2023

The SAT's conducting body, College Board, has not set any such eligibility criteria for its applicants to appear for the SAT exam. However, the applicants must keep the following points in mind before giving the SAT exam:

Age Limit to Appear for SAT Exam

Candidates should be reminded that there is no minimum or maximum age requirement or SAT age limit for pupils who wish to take the exam. According to general research, individuals between the ages of 17 and 19 are among the most likely to take the SAT exam.

Educational Eligibility Criteria for SAT Exam

The College Board, which administers and controls the SAT exam, has not established any explicit eligibility criteria. It can, however, be taken by high school students. Students who want to apply for undergraduate studies overseas must have completed their high school education before proceeding to the next level of their studies.

Retakes Permitted for SAT Exam

There are no College Board restrictions, so students can take the SAT exam as many times as they wish. In India, the SAT is given five times a year. In India, the SAT is given five times a year. The examination is typically held in the months of March, May, August, October, and December.

SAT Eligibility for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must inform the College Board beforehand about their condition. If the special candidates have been informed already, then they will be made eligible to appear for SAT accordingly with added facilities. 

It is also noteworthy to mention that all the extra convenience must be approved beforehand by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) unit. Once the facilities for the disabled candidates have been approved, they can be used for both SAT General and SAT Subject Test. Applicants are not required to make a new request for each SAT exam. Students should note that there are no eligibility criteria laid down for students wanting to appear for the SAT.

Aspirants wanting to pursue bachelor's studies abroad can either opt for the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject test depending on the college/course requirement. 

Students should keep in mind that it is important to register for the SAT exam well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle. Candidates are required to choose from the available SAT dates and Test Centres that are most convenient to them. Also, students can take the SAT exam as many times as they want. 

SAT Registration - How to Register for SAT in 2023?

For all the applicants seeking to pursue bachelor's or undergraduate courses in the US or Canada, SAT exam is the most important exam to sit for, as almost all of the universities ask for SAT scores to assess the applicants' profiles. 

The  SAT exam online registration is a way besides SAT offline registration. Usually, SAT online mode gives a prompt response. If the applicant in midway failed to get any information or document, he or she can pause the registration and save it. Later on, they can start from the same with their earlier information, adding the others. 

SAT Online Registration 

Follow these quick steps for SAT online registration:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the College Board and create a new account by giving your full name, email address and other general information.

Step 2: After successfully creating an account, add further personal details required on the website. 

Step 3: Then go ahead with creating your student's profile by adding information such as:

  • High school details

  • Academic details

  • Details of extracurricular activities (if any)

  • College-related information like university name, type, majors, etc.

Step 4: Carefully select the test date and test centre.

Step 5: Upload your proper picture (passport-size photograph).

Step 6: After checking all the information provided by you, pay the fees via PayPal or credit card. 

SAT Registration by Mail

Apart from the SAT online registration, candidates can also register through the mail in India. Check out the process of SAT registration via mail below:

  • The candidate, first, is required to have ‘The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, available at schools.

  • This includes a registration form along with a return envelope which needs to be filled up accordingly.

  • After filling up the form, send it with a demand draft 

  • The local representative of the SAT in India is the USIEF. The mailed forms will be directed to their regional office.

How to Cancel SAT Exam?

Candidates should be aware that no matter how far in advance they cancel their SAT exam, they will not be entitled to a full refund. Candidates who have enrolled for the exam but are compelled to cancel it will be eligible for a USD 10 refund if they cancel 5 days in advance.

How to Postpone/Reschedule SAT Exam?

Candidates must pay an additional USD 25 charge if they cancel the SAT exam before the regular change deadline, or USD 35 if they cancel after the regular change deadline but before test day.

SAT Exam Admission Ticket

After successfully registering for the exam, the candidate must log into his account on the official website and download the SAT Admission Ticket. It is critical that the candidate double-check the credentials on the admittance ticket and have any errors corrected as soon as possible.

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Important Dates for SAT Registration 2023

Those who wish to take the test in the upcoming months of SAT exam dates can check the deadlines, as well as the SAT registration dates for 2023-24 here:

SAT Exam Dates

SAT Registration Deadline

Deadline for Changes, Regular Cancellations and Late Registration

June 3, 2023

May 4, 2023

May 23, 2023

August 26, 2023

July 28, 2023 August 15, 2023

October 7, 2023

September 8, 2023 September 26, 2023

November 4, 2023

October 6, 2023 October 24, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 3, 2023 November 21, 2023
March 9, 2024 February 23, 2024 February 27, 2024*
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024 April 23, 2024*
June 1, 2024 May 17, 2024 May 21, 2024*

**The registration options are only available for the United States, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.

*SAT tentative deadlines.

SAT Exam Fees 2023

The students who will sit for SAT exam will have to pay an SAT registration fee which is USD 55 and along with that, the students must pay the regional fees for their region. The SAT Exam Fee is USD 49 for India.

Additional Registration Fees

The additional charges that the students might have to pay for SAT exam services are:


Fee (in USD)

Test Centre Fee


Change Test Centre


Cancel Registration


Cancel Registration Late




SAT Rescheduling Fees

Candidates can view the following rescheduling fees for their SAT exam:


Fee (in USD)

Date/Test Centre Change Fee before regular change deadline 


Date/Test Centre Change Fee after regular change deadline


Late Registration Fee


Register by Phone


Waitlist Fee


Score Service Fees


Fee (in USD)

Additional score reports

12 per report

Rush reports


Get scores by phone

15 per phone call

Archived scores


SAT Question-and-Answer Service


Multiple-choice hand score verification


Note: The SAT exam fees can be changed by the College Board at anytime. Hence, it is advisable that you keep track of it by visiting our website.

SAT Test Dates 2023

For the unversed, SAT exam, in India, is conducted in five months - March, May, August, October and December. However, look for the SAT exam dates that would be suitable for you and during which you can prepare yourself for the test appropriately. 

So keeping these in mind, applicants should register themselves as per the deadlines. The timing of your SAT exam date is crucial to your success. So it is recommended to think twice before you choose the specific one for your exam. Usually, students prefer to give SAT exams after the 11th or 12th class. 

Key Information Related to SAT Exam Dates

For candidates who have chosen to appear for the SAT exam, we have set a few key points for them regarding the SAT dates. There are a few vital things to keep in mind before and after you register yourself for the SAT test i.e. the deadline for registration expires sharply at 11:59 ET, the US of the date mentioned. Those who are mailing to register themselves should also keep in mind the deadline. Candidates should make sure they have given all the details accurately without any errors.

If the candidate fails to register himself or herself within the time given, change SAT test centre or cancel their SAT exam date may need to give additional charges accordingly. 

If you are sitting for the SAT for the first time, the best month to take the exam depends on your schedule. Try to find that period of two-three months when you are not busy. This will allow you to have proper time to prepare for the exam. Also, keep the college application deadlines in mind when scheduling your SAT test. 

Students often have a habit of managing things at the last moment but in terms of SAT, they should at least start preparing themselves a month earlier or else during the SAT exam date it would be difficult for them to fetch good scores. Check out the details on SAT Test Dates, here.

SAT Test Centres 2023

SAT, administered by the College Board, is conducted across 53 universities spread over 30 cities in India. With such wide coverage and a huge push of applicants increasing every year, the Centres require the students to apply a month earlier.

No matter if they always have a deadline available for the submission of applications, it is highly recommended to apply on time to avoid any hassle. Candidates can apply for SAT exam both via online and offline mode.

SAT Test Centre Guidelines

There are certain guidelines that you must maintain in an SAT test centre. They are:

  • You must reach atleast 30 minutes prior to the start time. No one is allowed after the start time.

  • Carry all the necessary documents.

  • You will get 10-minute and 5-minute breaks in between.

  • Mask and other Covid-19 protocols will depend upon the Covid situation.

Items Allowed in Test Centres

Before leaving for examination make sure you check the list of items allowed to be taken in the test centre. These include:

  • Admission hall ticket (Mandatory)

  • Candidates' ID proof and photograph 

  • A maximum of two pencils are allowed with an eraser during the examination

  • Calculator (only approved by the test centre)

  • Auto-injectors

All the aforementioned items can be carried in a see-through bag. The test centres have separate desks for each candidate which also have a drawer where the examinee can keep the bag. 

Take note that the SAT exam test centres will send you an email if they are going to remain shut due for any reason. You can also reach out to them directly via call regarding any queries related to your examination. In case your test centre is closed, the test fee, first of all, will be refunded. The College Board then will reschedule your test. 

SAT Slot Booking 2023

Candidates who are willing to take the SAT exam can register for the same both online or through the mail. In the online medium, applicants are required to create a profile on the College Board’s official portal. After registering themselves, they have to select the test date and test centre and finally pay the examination fee online. 

However, for the candidates who want to register and book the SAT slot via mail, then they will require 'The Student Registration Guide for the SAT exam and SAT Subject Tests. This guide can be easily available in schools and can help the student in many ways as well. The guide includes the registration form which is supposed to be filled out by the candidate and sent along with the demand draft to the regional office of the United States India Educational Foundation. 

If anyhow the candidate has crossed the deadline, then he or she can also register late for the exam after giving a late fee.

SAT Exam Pattern 2023

The SAT's conducting body - College Board - has set SAT exam syllabus for both SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test. Candidates who are looking forward to pursuing undergraduate or bachelor's studies abroad are required to take the SAT test. 

This examination will evaluate the candidate's knowledge and skillset and the good part is that SAT exam does not have any negative markings. The SAT exam pattern has two sets - SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Test - as earlier mentioned. Students appearing for SATexam can sit for any of the exams set. However, the syllabus of these two sets varies from each other. 

SAT Exam Pattern 2023 – SAT EBRW Section

As previously stated, the SAT EBRW component (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) contains two sub-sections: a reading section and a writing and language section. The EBRW section score is the sum of the two sections' scores. The EBRW part contains 96 questions that must be completed in 100 minutes. The EBRW component assesses candidates' reading and writing skills.


Time Allotted 

Number of Questions/Tasks

Reading Test

65 minutes


Writing and Language

35 minutes


SAT Exam Pattern 2023 – SAT Math Section

The SAT Math section is divided into two parts: math with a calculator and math without a calculator. The Maths section score is the total of the two parts' scores. The math part comprises 58 questions with an 80-minute time restriction to complete them.


Time Allotted 

Number of Questions/Tasks

Math with Calculator

55 minutes


Math without Calculator

25 minutes


SAT Reasoning Test Exam Pattern

This set is majorly objective including optional essay sections. The candidates are given exactly 3 hours and 50 minutes to write their exams. As the essay section is optional, if the candidate decides not to take it, then the entire test duration would be 3 hours. 

Below is the latest test pattern for SAT Reasoning Test:


Number of Questions

Total Duration (in Minutes)


52 questions

65 minutes

Writing and Language

44 questions

35 minutes


58 questions

80 minutes

Essay (optional)

1 question

50 minutes


155 questions

230 minutes

So, students who are looking forward to sitting for the reasoning test can go through the above-given pattern. 

SAT Subject Tests Exam Pattern

This exam evaluates students' knowledge of specific subjects. The exam pattern for the SAT Subject Test is one hour. The applicants can sit from 20 subjects made available to them. In this test, they will be scored on a scale of 800 points. The available subjects are:

SAT Subjects






Modern Hebrew

Korean with Listening

French with Listening

Chinese with Listening

Spanish with Listening

Japanese with Listening

German with Listening

World History



US History



Math I

Math II


Applicants who are willing to excel in their tests should remain updated with the latest pattern of the exam to score well. It will also help them to prepare themselves a month or two earlier. 

Digital SAT Exam Pattern 2023

The digital SAT is divided into two sections: Reading and Writing and Maths. Students have 2 hours and 14 minutes to complete the Reading and Writing section and 70 minutes to complete the Math section.

Each section is separated into two modules of similar length, with a 10-minute break in between the Reading and Writing section and the Math section. Each section's initial module offers a combination of simple, medium, and difficult problems. The second module of questions will be either more challenging or less difficult depending on how students perform in the first module. Here is the exam pattern of SAT Digital:


Time Allotted 

Number of Questions/Tasks

Reading and Writing

64 minutes (two 32-minute modules)



70 minutes (two 35-minute modules)



134 minutes


Note: The majority of the questions are multiple-choice, although certain math questions require you to enter the solution rather than choose it.

SAT Syllabus 2023

The SAT exam syllabus has all the learning combined that the candidates have already studied in their school over the years. So, if the candidate had concentrated in classes, they would hardly face any issues with the SAT exam syllabus. Earlier, the SAT exams were of two types - SAT General Test and SAT Subject Test. However, recently, the College Board has scrapped the SAT Subjects Test.

Now get adequate knowledge of the pattern as here we will elaborate Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Essay (discontinued) section syllabus for SAT:

Reading Section

This is an evidence-based reading and writing section. It has five passages of varying lengths with 52 questions. The candidates are required to read these passages and answer the questions. 

  • The passages are taken from classic or contemporary US literature; from a selection of sociology, psychology and economics; Documents or speech from the US constitution

  • The passages also come with 10 MCQs with found options

Here, SAT syllabus does not require the applicants to have prior knowledge regarding the topics as the questions are asked based on passages. For a detailed syllabus of this section, visit SAT Reading Section.

Writing and Language Section

This section is also an evidence-based reading and writing component. It has four passages with 44 MCQs. 

  • The passages may be taken from articles related to history, social studies, humanities or science

  • Commonly asked questions in this section are based on:

    • Word choice - text, style and tone

    • Sentence structure - punctuation, syntax, grammar, construction, etc.

Even in this section, SAT syllabus does not require prior knowledge, but the candidates must know English grammar properly to ace the test. For more details, check out SAT Writing and Language Section.

Math Section

The SAT Maths syllabus component is divided into two parts - Maths Test I (with a calculator) and Math Test II (without a calculator).

The test with a calculator has complex questions which need to be answered with the help of a calculator.

Three Core Areas of SAT Maths Syllabus

Here are the three main core areas that the candidates are required to go through to excel in their math papers:

1. Heart of Algebra: Linear equations, a system of linear equations, Linear inequalities, graphical representation of the linear function

2. Problem-solving and data analysis: Ratio and proportion, percentages, unit conversion, equation of the line using a scatterplot, two-way tables to calculate conditional frequencies and conditional probabilities, an association of variables or independence of events, estimation of a population parameter, calculation of mean, median, mode, range and standard deviation in statistics, evaluation of reports to check the appropriateness of data collection methods.

3. Passport to advanced math: Quadratic equations with rational coefficients, determination of the most suitable form of an expression, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of polynomial equations, zeros and factors of polynomials, non-linear relationship between two variables, function notation, isolation of a variable by rearrangement of formula or equation.

SAT also provides candidates with a cheat sheet with the most important formulas. The details on this section can be found in SAT Mathematics Section.

Essay (Optional Section)

Essay writing is optional for SAT. However, some institutes ask for its scores. The candidates are given 50 minutes to read a passage (650-750 words) and then write an analysis of the author's argument. In simple words, the students are required to analyse the author's text while indulging evidence the author used to support his or her argument.

After getting all the information on SAT exam syllabus, it is suggested to start your preparation as soon as possible after you have done your registration. 

SAT Preparation Tips 2023

Candidates can prepare themselves for the SAT exam syllabus in two ways - coaching classes or self-study. Both the options have their benefits and are equally good in terms of preparing for SATs, which comprise three sections - Reading and Writing, Maths, and Essay. 

Prep Tips for Reading and Writing Sections

Here are some SAT exam cracking tips or exam preparation tips to ace the reading and writing tests:

  • Read the passage carefully.

  • Always use proper reasoning to support your conclusion.

  • Make sure you are not writing anything out of the passage.

  • Utilize the time and answer maximum questions from one passage and then move on to another one. 

  • Lookout for ideas, facts, and details from the passage.

All of the tips aforementioned are important for the reading and writing section. 

Prep Tips for Writing and Language Section

This section requires candidates to edit and organise passages, text, sentences, etc. Check out the below to score well in this  section:

  • Read one passage more than two times and try to rectify the errors. 

  • With limited time, try to read the questions first and then look for answers. 

  • Read the first question and read the first para to find the answer.

  • Read the questions carefully to understand their requirements.

  • While answering the questions, keep in mind that they are set in a way to test your grammar, word choice and sentence structure.

The above-mentioned tips will surely help anyone looking forward to scoring well in this section.

Prep Tips for Maths Section

This section consists of three sections - Algebra and functions, Geometry Statistics, and Probability and Data analysis. Check out these tips to make it easier for you:

  • Work on your speed and accuracy for this section.

  • Keep in mind that this section tests problem-solving skills.

  • Practice SAT maths syllabus along with concepts, rules and relations.

  • Have adequate knowledge of formulas.

  • As there's no negative marking, try to answer as many questions as you can.

Here's how you can improve your SAT Score. All these tips aforementioned for each section are undoubtedly going to help candidates with their SAT exam preparation, no matter whether they are preparing by themselves or through coaching classes.

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SAT Best Books 2023

Who doesn't want to ace their Scholastic Aptitude Test? Getting a fantastic result, requires considerable dedication, studying, and practice to finish SAT syllabus. If you are self-studying or even taking classes, the best SAT prep books should be there on your to-do list to cover SAT exam syllabus 

These SAT exam books will help the candidate to develop effective test-taking strategies and familiarise themselves with the types of questions they will get in their main examination. However, the applicant should keep one thing in mind: no single book is going to work like magic, and the candidate has to give adequate time in studying and practice. 

If you can't afford an SAT preparation book, many schools or local libraries keep such books to help students to prepare for their SAT exam syllabus

Why Use Prep Books?

Various students take the test lightly thinking they will not need any kind of extra assistance like classes and books, but that's not right at all. If you want to score high on SAT exam, it is always advisable to study and gather as much knowledge as you can. 

These preparation books are made with these strategies only - to boost your scores. These books contain matters like feature tips, questions, and practice tests to prepare the candidate in all aspects. 

Here are some of the books candidates should go through before appearing for their SAT exam:

  • Barron's 'SAT Study Guide Premium, 2021-2022'

  • KALLIS' SAT Pattern Strategy, 3rd Edition

  • Kaplan's 'SAT Prep Plus 2022'

  • McGraw Hill Education's 'SAT Elite 2022'

  • 'SAT Prep Black Book, 2nd Edition'

  • The Princeton Review's 'SAT Premium Prep, 2022'

  • The Princeton Review's '10 Practice Tests for the SAT, 2022'

  • Dr Jang's SAT* 800 Math Workbook, 2020 Edition

  • 500 New SAT Math Problems Arranged by Topic and Difficulty Level

  • PWN the SAT: Math Guide, 4th Edition

  • Barron's 'SAT Math Workbook, 7th Edition'

  • The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT Reading, 4th Edition

  • 2018 SAT Reading: World Literature Practice Book

  • The College Panda's 'SAT Writing: Advanced Guide and Workbook, 2nd Edition'

  • The Critical Reader: The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, 5th Edition

The aforementioned books are the best picks to ace the SAT exam syllabus and are highly recommended to candidates.

SAT Practice Papers 2023

Candidates who are aspiring to sit for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or must first take the help of SAT exam practice tests a month or before their examination after completing SAT exam syllabus. Attempting practice papers helps in a lot of ways. First of it gives a clear view of how the questions are going to come and on what difficulty level. Second, enhance the speed to understand and answer the questions. And the most important thing is that it helps students to work on their weaker sections of SAT syllabus. 

Why SAT Practice Tests are Important?

There are multiple advantages to solving SAT mock test before the actual examination. These include:

  • Exam patterns for SAT keep changing, hence, students are required to keep themselves updated with the new pattern. Here, the SAT practice tests will help the candidates to get a better understanding of new patterns. 

  • SAT mock test also helps the candidates to keep track of their performance.

  • It also makes the revising process of the SAT syllabus easier.

  • While solving practice papers, students get the chance to work on their time management skills as well. 

Where to Find SAT Practice Tests?

The sample SAT mock tests can be found both offline and online. Here are some of the places candidates can find the practice papers:

Preparation Material: Some SAT books also include SAT practice tests in the last pages for students to understand the pattern and syllabus efficiently.

Online: Candidates can log in or sign up to CollegeDekho and go to the Study Abroad section where they can find full assistance from SAT mock tests to guide. 

So all the applicants should practise as much as they can before their SAT exam to understand the syllabus, pattern and question type. With so many advantages, students should not waste their time by just revising the books, they should also test themselves through SAT practice tests to know their performance accurately.

SAT Question Papers 2023

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), as everyone knows, is a paper-based examination. Earlier in the SAT exam syllabus, the essay section here was optional, but recently it has been scrapped completely in the USA. While preparing for the test, one cannot remain satisfied without practising some sample papers and so it is advisable to take SAT mock tests for better results. Many of the students mislead themselves by comparing these tests with typical ones they have taken during their high school period.

Even our CollegeDekho experts say that the best way to excel at your SAT tests is to solve some SAT question papers. It will help you understand the entire pattern of the exam and also prepare you mentally for the main day. 

For the unversed, each and every year the questions get changed, but the format remains the same. It is highly advisable to polish your skills with SAT practice tests Also, make sure that you have adequate time in hand to practice for your SAT exam as it will help to ease anxiety and increase performance, resulting in good SAT scores.

SAT Result/Scores 2023

Understanding SAT scores can be a difficult task for candidates. The Scholastic Aptitude Test is graded on a scale of 400 to 1600, while in India, students are used to understanding percentile values. For this reason, it is necessary to have a data table for interpreting SAT and SAT subject test results.

For the unversed, in SAT exam, there are three compulsory sections - Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. All the sections mentioned are firstly scored with their respective raw score. Then these raw scores are calculated in terms of each correct answer given by the students. With these, there is also an essay section, which is optional. The good thing is each question carries one mark with no negative marking.

The scoring is quite simple for the SAT exam. The raw score obtained by the candidate will be converted into scaled scores to generate the total SAT score. The scaled SAT score for all of the three compulsory sections is 200-800. 

SAT score with 75 percentile is treated as a good score. 75% is equal to a 1200 to 1210 SAT score, which is the minimum requirement to get admission to top universities.

How to Check SAT Score?

The candidates have to login into their College Board profile which they made while registering themselves. 

Follow these steps to check the scores:

  • Visit the  College Board website

  • Sign in using your credentials

  • Click on 'My Organiser' and go to SAT Scores

  • Click on 'Access My Scores' and again enter your username and password

  • Now go to 'My Test Scores'

Now after following all these steps, the candidate's scores will appear on the screen. The candidates can then share their reports to colleges or universities of their preference via Score Choice.

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SAT Cut-offs 2023

Just like the yesteryears, the Scholastic Aptitude Test has set no such cut-off and the candidates taking the test are expected to score with a certain scale - 1200 - 1350 that falls in the 75th to 90th percentile of SAT score range. 1500 score in SAT exam is regarded as 99 percentile i.e. equal to excellent performance.

A high score implies that the student can survive the tough competition in international colleges. Top universities keep high cut-off scores and to get admission in such institutions, a minimum of 1200 scores is required. Universities like Harvard University, Yale University, and MIT accept an SAT score of 1500, which includes a score above 680 in maths and 600 above in the reading and writing section.

How to Send Scores During Registration

Candidates receive four free reports of SAT scores, from the College Board. Applicants can choose to send these reports to their desired university or institute or Scholarship programmes for free. They can send these reports up to nine days after taking the test. After nine days, the candidates will no longer be able to send it for free and hence will be charged the same.

The SAT exam can be seen as a door open to great opportunities that include admission to Ivy league institutes and top colleges such as MIT, Harvard, Boston, Georgia Tech, Princeton, UCLA, NYU, UC Berkeley etc. The score is valued both when you are applying for college or a job. It can also be taken as a purpose to get a scholarship and will equally enhance your knowledge that can help you crack various other competitive exams such as the ACT, TOEFL, etc.

SAT Exam Acceptance 2023

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is accepted by most renowned SAT colleges across the globe including counties like the  US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. These scores help the applicants to apply for over 800+ universities worldwide.

Below are the lists of some of the countries that require or have become SAT test-optional. 

SAT Acceptance in the United States

The US too accepts SAT scores for international students at the undergraduate level. The scores obtained in these exams help them to demonstrate the academic and aptitude skills of candidates in high or junior schools.  Based on strengthening and university selection, taking the SAT may prove to be a better option to stand out among other candidates. 

Almost all SAT colleges and universities in the US including Yale University, Columbia University, etc accept SAT test scores. The minimum SAT score of a candidate to get into consideration is 1300, but that too varies as per university rules.

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SAT Acceptance in the United Kingdom

If you are a foreign applicant, i.e planning to study in SAT colleges, then good SAT scores can help you grab a top university. 

Some of the top SAT-accepting colleges including the University of Bolton, Aberystwyth University, Durham University, Keele University, etc require SAT that helps them access the students' skills and knowledge. UK colleges, such as Oxford University or Cambridge University, ask for individual subject tests including a minimum SAT score for the major or concentration you apply to. 

Some of the other top SAT colleges include - City University, London, Canterbury Christ Church University, Glasgow School of Arts, Bangor University, Bath Spa University Newton Park, Aston University, etc.

SAT Acceptance in Canada

Most of the colleges and universities like McGill University, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, University of Waterloo, etc accept SAT scores in Canada, however, it is not a mandatory test to be shown in some of the colleges there. Still, if you are looking to get selected in a go, an SAT test can get you into consideration quickly. 

Scores above 500 are accepted for the SAT in Canada. Many of the top universities require at least 1,150 on the SAT. A minimum of 1300 is a must for students who want to pursue engineering.

These were the top counties with top institutes that accept SAT. For the unversed, India too accepts SAT scores for admission in a wide range of programmes like BTech, BBA, BSc, BPharma, BCom, BCA, etc.

Did you know that many US Universities are no longer considering SAT/ACT scores? Check out more on SAT Acceptance abroad, here.

SAT Scholarships 2023

SAT scholarship is popular amongst Indian students as the ‘College Board India Scholars Program’. The programme was initiated in the year 2018 that aims to offer SAT scholarships for students who are excellent in their studies but have financial scarcity. Test-takers who have acquired SAT score higher than 1300 and alongside have a family income that fails to meet a specific benchmark get a 100% SAT exam scholarship to pursue further education at some renowned universities. 

The College Board has come forward to merge with numerous universities that would utilize good SAT scores to get scholarships for candidates who are highly talented.

Eligibility for SAT Scholarship

Families with less than INR 8 lakh income can avail of at least a 90% waiver in SAT registration fee, whereas families with income between INR 8 to 15 lakh can avail of the 50% waiver on SAT registration fee.

SAT Coaching Classes

Scholastic Aptitude Test is one of the most popular competitive examinations that is taken by students who wish to pursue various undergraduate courses in US colleges and universities. The classes are offered in both online and offline modes. In order to ace this examination, you may need a helping hand in the form of coaching classes to fast-track your SAT syllabus preparations and get good SAT scores.

The best SAT coaching classes will offer you certain facilities as given below:

  • The SAT coaching classes will provide you with dedicated study materials for the examination. The books and materials must cover in-depth all the important areas of the SAT exam syllabus.

  • The teacher or mentor must point out the areas of strength and weakness so that you can give extra focus to them during SAT exam preparation. They must also provide a personalized study plan.

  • The SAT coaching classes will help you to maximise your potential to score the best possible marks on the SAT exam.

  • There will be a separate emphasis on each subject of the SAT exam syllabus and detailed discussions on each topic.

  • The SAT coaching classes will help you to practice SAT mock test papers and SAT practice tests to go get a real feel of the examination.

SAT Conducting Body

SAT is administered by the College Board, a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in New York. Founded in 1900, the Board was set up to expand access to higher education and help millions of students from different parts of the country to prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success every year. 

More than 6,000 nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, secondary schools and districts and higher education systems comprise the College Board. Each of the members has a similar mission to connect students to colleges and help them achieve their desired goals through higher education.  

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FAQs on SAT Overview

What is SAT full form?

The SAT full form has changed over the years by its administering body, College Board. Earlier SAT stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test, after which it was changed to Scholastic Assessment Test. Later, it was changed to SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test. At present, the exam is only called ‘SAT’ and is taken by students in high school to get admission to leading colleges, especially in the USA. Students are judged based on reading, writing and mathematical sections.

Is SAT considered for postgraduate admissions also?

No, SAT is not considered for postgraduate admissions. Candidates should keep in mind that the SAT is only required for undergraduate admissions and can be taken by international students aspiring to study abroad in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, etc. The SAT is quite likely taken by students of high school or intermediate within the age group of 17-19.

Is the SAT more important than GPA?

The importance of SAT over GPA completely depends on the college or university the candidate is applying to. While some colleges or universities give more importance to higher GPAs, some universities require a higher SAT score. However, both should not be ignored when applying for college admissions.

What are the SAT Fees?

The SAT fees are USD 55 (INR 4,197.49). The SAT test fees include two main sections - Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Other SAT fees are charged as a result of late registration or if the candidates are admitted to an administration through the waitlist. Some international students might be eligible for a fee waiver. It is recommended to check the same with the university at the time of course application.

What are the different types of SATs?

There were two different types of SATs: SAT Subject test and General SAT. There used to be 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas - English, history, languages, mathematics, and science. However, the SAT Subject Tests have been scrapped. Now, only the General SAT test comprising Reading, Writing and Language and Maths section is conducted for admissions in undergraduate degree programmes.

What are the different components of SAT?

There are three different components of SAT - Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and Mathematics. The SAT subject tests have been scrapped along with the optional essay. The reading section comes with 52 multiple-choice questions, while the writing and language test comes with 44 multiple-choice questions. The maths section is a single test with two components - no-calculator and calculator-allowed sections.

How important are SAT scores?

SAT scores are extremely important because they give you entry to colleges across India and abroad. Apart from college admissions, SAT scores are also considered to offer scholarships. A good SAT score acts as a catalyst to back your abroad learning experience financially.

When was the SAT last changed?

The SAT was last changed in the year 2016. SAT has a habit of changing its pattern at least once in a decade. And that was when the SAT shifted from its 2400-point format to a 1600-point format. However, reports have suggested that the upcoming SAT makeover that is going to happen in 2024 is its most significant change so far.

When can I take the SAT 2022?

SAT 2022 is conducted multiple times a year. Candidates can check the availability of the test date at the time of registration in a particular city and take the test. However, there are anticipated dates of SAT 2022 - October 1, 2022; December 3, 2022; March 11, 2023; May 6, 2023; and June 3, 2023.

How many times can I attempt the SATs?

There is no upper limit to the number of times you can attempt the SATs, which means that there is no such restriction set by the CollegeBoard on the number of times an SAT can be attempted. However, most colleges tend to not consider students who have attempted the tests more than 3-4 times.

Are the SAT and PSAT the same?

Both the SAT and PSAT are similar but not identical. While the PSAT is an SAT practice test and the basis for the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), the SAT is a standardised test accepted by leading universities worldwide for admissions to undergraduate programmes.

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