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What is the SAT?

Numerous universities mandate submission of SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration. Your SAT score holds significant weight in your college application portfolio.

About the SAT

- The SAT is a widely used entrance exam for college admissions.

- Administered by the College Board, it consists of multiple-choice questions.

- Its purpose is to gauge high school students' readiness for college.

- Provides colleges with a common data point for comparison.

- SAT scores are considered alongside GPA, coursework, recommendations, interviews, and essays.

SAT Basics

SAT Length             2 hours  14 minutes

SAT Sections  

  • MATH

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

SAT Cost

  • $60 + $43 (for India)

  • Total = $103 

Highest SAT Score


Average SAT Score


** Register for SAT online on the College Board website. 

When should I take the SAT?

Many high school students opt to take either the SAT, the ACT, or both in their junior or senior year. Allowing time for a retake is crucial if you aim to improve your score before college applications. The SAT is available nationally in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June.


Check out the upcoming SAT test dates on College Board office site for scheduling (link below): 

What is on the SAT?

There are 2 SAT Sections:

  •  MATH

  •  Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

How long is the SAT?

The SAT exam is of 2 hours and 14 minutes

How is the SAT scored?

Every section of the SAT receives a score ranging from 200 to 800 points.


Your overall SAT score is calculated by adding your section scores together, with the maximum possible score being 1600.

How do I register for the SAT?

SAT registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each test date.


Register online on the College Board website. The  College Board may require SAT registration by mail under special circumstances.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

The majority of colleges and universities accept scores from either the SAT or ACT without preference for one over the other. However, an increasing number of college-bound students are opting to take both exams. Changes introduced to the SAT in 2016 have made it more feasible to prepare for and achieve competitive scores on both tests simultaneously.


To determine whether to take the SAT, ACT, or both, it's advisable to complete timed, full-length practice tests for each. Since the content and format of the SAT and ACT are quite similar, factors such as your performance under time constraints and the types of questions you find most challenging can aid in deciding which test suits you better.

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