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Scholastic Assessment Test - SAT

DRSIS is an Authorised Test Centre for SAT. Test Centre Code – 63252. SAT is now the most common entrance test recognized by many Indian Universities. SAT is also a standardized test for UG admissions For the Countries like USA, Canada and Singapore etc.

SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test

SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission to undergraduate schools.
SATs has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.
-Paper Based Test
-Digital Based Test (*Effective March 2023)

Why SAT?

Students looking to enroll in undergraduate programs in the US appear for their SAT. Most of the colleges in the US require SAT for admission to undergraduate courses. Apart from this, many schools also offer SAT scholarships money to students based on their SAT result.
Other Countries like Canada, Singapore and Germany recognize SAT for UG admissions.

Types of SAT

SAT 1 is a general test that has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of candidates.
SAT 2, on the other hand, is a more subject-focused test. Students looking to get admission to a particular course are required to take the SAT Subject Test to demonstrate their knowledge of that particular subject.
SAT Subjects are discontinued by the College Board from June 2021. Now aspirants just need to take the SAT 2022 for getting admission to their desired UG course.

The test is usually conducted in the months of March, May, August, October, and December.

How is the SAT test scored?
Each section of the SATs Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math are scored on a 200-800 point scale. Your total SAT score is the sum of your section scores. Also, if you take the SAT with Essay then the candidate will receive a separate score.

What skills does the SAT Exam test?
SAT exam analyses the Mathematical, Critical Reading, and Writing skills of the candidates. According to the College Board, they test the skills which students have learned in their schools. They test the skills which are required for the academic success of the students in college.

SAT Registration
Through the online method, candidates are required to create a login id on the official SAT website and go ahead with the registration process.

SAT Online Registration (Steps)
1. Visit the College Board official website.
2. Create your account.
3. Submit all the required details.
4. Choose which exam you want to give along with your nearest test center.
5. Upload your clear photograph.
6. Pay the application fee.

SAT Slot Booking
Since there are a limited number of seats in every designated SAT Test Centre. Candidates are recommended to book their SAT exam slots in advance to avoid any unnecessary hassle

SAT Admission Ticket
Once the candidate has successfully registered for the exam he would be required to log into his account on the official website and download the SAT Admission Ticket. It is important the candidate should check the credentials on the admission ticket and get any mistake rectified at the earliest.

SAT Exam Fees
Candidates looking to appear for their SAT are required to pay a fee for the same. Candidates can check out the detailed SAT exam fees in India levied below.
· The fee for only the SAT exam is $55 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. Non-U.S. Regional Fee for students giving SAT Test in India is $49, so the total SAT fee is $104
· The fee for the SAT exam with Essay is $68 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. So, the total fee for the SAT exam with Essay is $68 + $49 = $117

SAT Exam Syllabus
SAT syllabus includes courses the students have already studied in their school over the years. So if you are good at studies at school, you shouldn’t have any issues preparing for the SAT exam Syllabus. The SAT syllabus includes:

Writing Section

· SAT writing has three sections
· Essay section – 25 mins
· Multiple choice sections – 25 mins and 10 mins

Critical Reading Section

· SAT contains three critical reading sections
· Reading comprehension – 25 mins
· Sentence completions – 25 mins
· Paragraph-length critical reading – 20 mins

Math Section

· SAT contains three Math sections
· Algebra and functions – 25 mins
· Geometry Statistics – 20 mins
· Probability and Data analysis – 20 mins

SAT Exam Pattern
The SAT comprises three main Sections — Math, Evidence-Based Reading, and Writing. Also, there is an optional 50-minute essay. The total testing time after including the essay comes to 3 hours and 50 minutes.

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The Preliminary SAT (PSAT)

PSAT is an exam that assesses problem-solving skills and subject matter learned in high school in three areas: Critical Reading, Math and Writing.

The PSAT and the SAT are almost identical. The PSAT is fifteen minutes shorter than the SAT, doesn't include an essay, and is scored on a slightly different scale. Otherwise, the PSAT has the same question types and tests the same knowledge areas as the SAT.

The exam comes in three forms: the PSAT 8/9, the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10. The PSAT 10 is the same test as the PSAT/NMSQT, though students take these exams at different times of year.

The PSAT 8/9 is designated for students in the eighth and ninth grades and the PSAT 10 is for sophomores. The PSAT/NMSQT stands for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which students take as a sophomore or junior. High enough marks on the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior can help a student land a National Merit Scholarship.

The length varies by test, with 2 hours and 25 minutes for the PSAT 8/9 and two hours and 45 minutes for the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT.

How Is the PSAT Timed?

For the PSAT 8/9, the test is broken down into 55 minutes for reading, 30 minutes for writing and language, and 60 minutes for math, according to the College Board website. Across those components, there are 42 questions or tasks for reading, 40 for writing and language, and 38 for math.

On the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT, 60 minutes is allotted for reading, 35 for writing and language, and 70 for math. These test-takers will see 47 questions or tasks in reading, 44 in writing and language, and 48 in math.

How Is the PSAT Scored?

All versions of the PSAT are scored based on two sections: evidence-based reading and writing, and math.

PSAT SectionOrder on TestTime Allotted# of Questions
Reading160 mins47
Writing and Language235 mins44
Math No Calculator325 mins17
Math Calculator445 mins31

On the PSAT, you start off with three raw scores, one each for Reading, Writing, and Math. A raw score is equal to the number of questions you answered correctly. You do not lose any points for incorrect answers!

Your raw scores for each section are then converted into test scores on a scale of 8-38 through a special equating process described in our guide to PSAT scoring.

It should also be noted here that these test scores, when combined and multiplied by 2, give you your Selection Index score, which the NMSC uses to determine eligibility for the National Merit competition.

Your Math test score is multiplied by 20 to give you a scaled Math score out of 760. Similarly, your Reading and Writing scores are combined and multiplied by 10 to give you a single scaled EBRW score (also out of 760).

In addition to section scores, you’ll be given sub scores and cross-test scores. These scores are the same as those on the SAT and indicate your mastery of specific skills. Sub scores have a score range of 1-15, whereas cross-test scores have a score range of 8-38.


Here is a list of the seven sub scores on the PSAT test:

Command of Evidence
Words in Context
Expression of Ideas
Standard English Conventions
Heart of Algebra
Problem Solving and Data Analysis
Passport to Advanced Math


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