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SAT Exam, Dates, Syllabus and other Information

SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test, conducted by the College Board several times a year for admissions to undergraduate schools in the US and Canada. Indian universities have also started accepting SAT scores. SAT aims to measure the students’ readiness and provide common data for colleges to compare with other applicants.

SAT exam is conducted five times a year. It starts around March, May, August, and December. The exam has been developed to evaluate candidates’ written, verbal and mathematical skills. SAT is an offline test taken by those wanting to pursue undergraduate courses. The candidates need to know when to start preparing for the SAT Exam.

This article will provide information about SAT to help the candidates prepare better for the exam.

SAT Exam: Key Features

Some of the features of the SAT exam are listed below. Go through these details to get an idea of the exam’s main features.

Exam SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
PurposePursue Undergraduate Courses in USA & Canada
Exam Conducting BodyCollege Board
Exam ModeOffline
Fees$55 + $49 (Non-US Regional Fee)
No. of Sections4 sections (2 from Reading and Writing; 2 from Math)
Duration3 hours
Range of Score400-1600 points
Negative MarkingNone
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SAT Exam Dates – Upcoming

The upcoming SAT exam dates are given below. Candidates must keep track of these dates, so they don’t miss the registration process.

DatesRegistrationDeadline for Change
August 27, 2022,To be notifiedTo be notified
October 1, 2022,To be notifiedTo be notified
December 3, 2022, To be notifiedTo be notified

SAT Exam Pattern

SectionsSub-SectionsNo. of QuestionsDurationScore
Evidence-based Reading and WritingReading 
65 minutes
35 minutes
MathematicsNo Calculator

30 MCQs & 8 GRID-INS

15 MCQs & 5 GRID-INS
80 minutes200-800
Total1543 hours400-1600

SAT Exam Syllabus

The section-wise SAT exam Syllabus is given below. Candidates must follow the given syllabus to crack the SAT exam.

The sections included in SAT are

  • Evidence-based Reading and Writing
    • SAT writing and language
    • SAT reading
  •  Mathematics

Evidence-based Reading and Writing

Writing and Language Section

This section contains passages of 44 questions. The time duration to complete the questions in 35 minutes. All the passages are based on articles or write-ups related to Science, History & Social Studies, Humanities, and Careers.

Few passages may contain graphs, charts and tables. Questions in this section are based on-

  • Sentence Structure and Grammar
  • Word choice regarding text, tone and style
  • Sentence Correction

Candidates need to be familiar with these topics, as it will help you answer the questions as directed and build your confidence.

Reading Section

The Reading section of SAT is 65 minutes long. Candidates need to attempt 52 multiple-choice questions. These questions require a candidate to analyse and interpret the information from the passages.

Passages in this section are single or infographic-based, utilising charts, tables, and graphs based on –History/Social Sciences, the US and World Literature, and Science. This section includes evidence-based five passages. There are three types of questions – Factual, Rhetorical, and Synthesis. Candidates need to be careful while attempting the questions.

  • Classic or Contemporary Literature, World Literature
  • Economics, Psychology, Sociology
  • Speech or Document related to Constitution of the US

Mathematics Section

The section is divided into two sub-sections – Maths with Calculator and Maths without Calculator. The section contains 58 questions that are to be completed in 80 minutes. The ‘No Calculator’ section has 15 MCQs and 5 Grid-ins, whereas there are 30 multiple-choice questions and 8 Grid-ins in the’ Calculator’ section. Out of 58 questions, 80% of questions are MCQs, and 20% of questions are student-produced response questions, widely known as Grid-ins. 

In Grid-ins, the candidate has to solve the questions, provide the answer, and then fill in the answer in the OMR sheet. Candidates will also be given a cheat sheet containing all the formulas.  The questions in this section include the following topics –

  • Heart of Algebra
  • Passport to Advanced Math
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis 

Reasons to take the SAT exam

Some of the reasons why candidates must opt for the SAT exam are given below:

  • English Reading and Writing Skills are improved through SAT. It also improves your speaking skills.
  • Candidates’ numerical knowledge improves.
  • Candidates can be eligible for getting scholarships/endowments.
  • The Registration fee for SAT is not very high.
  • Most colleges accept SAT in the US for Undergraduate degrees.
  • SAT provides basic knowledge in English and Math.
  • Scoring on the SAT is easy.
  • It expands our general knowledge as well as history and social science.

SAT Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

Any high school student can take the SAT exam. Generally, candidates in the 10th and 11th standards attempt the SAT Exam Pattern. The appropriate age to take this exam is between 17-19 years.

The rules for students younger than 13 years are mentioned below:

  • Students younger than 13 can only register through phone or mail. They cannot register online due to internet privacy rules.
  • Students in less than eighth grade can exclude their photo while registering. However, a valid photo ID must be taken at the test center.
  • Aspirants of 21 years or above must carry their official photo ID at the test center.

Educational Qualification

The College Board has not set any eligibility criteria for educational qualification. Any high school student can take SATwho is seeking admission in the US and Canada. SAT is aimed to evaluate candidates’ knowledge, skills, aptitude and critical understanding. Since the instruction medium is English, candidates are advised to understand English thoroughly.

PWD Eligibility Criteria

Students who have documented a disability may be eligible for accommodations while taking the exam. Some suitable accommodations included in this are reading and seeing accommodations, extended time and extended and additional breaks.

Disabilities under this category are stated below:

  1. Learning Disorders
  2. Blindness and visual impairments
  3. Motor impairments
  4. Physical and medical impairments
  5. E.g., diabetes, cerebral palsy etc.

Students must have proper documentation in order to prove their disability. The documentation can consist of a rep[ort from a report or a psychoeducational evaluation. The documentation required to prove the disability will completely depend upon the students’ disability and the accommodations they ask for.

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