The SAT (technically known as the SAT I) is a general test of verbal and quantitative reasoning accepted for U. S. college admissions. The test is required for admission to undergraduate programs of most US universities. Many universities also require you to take SAT-II tests.


SAT-I : Reasoning Test

The SAT-I is a three hour, primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Most colleges require SAT-I scores for admission.

SAT-II : Subject Tests

The SAT-II subject tests are one hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Many universities may require you to take this along with SAT-I.


Forms are available at USEFI (U.S. Education Foundation in India) or they can be downloaded from the website.

You can register in three ways:

Online Registration: You can now register for SAT online using a credit card. This is available for registration in the United States, Canada and all other countries. EXCEPT Kenya, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, India, and Pakistan.

Registering by Mail: To register by mail, you need a Registration Bulletin which is available at your school counselor’s office or on the Official SAT site. The Registration Form and return envelope are included in the Registration Bulletin.

Registration through International Representatives: If you are registering from outside Americas, you can also register through International representatives. For more details, use the links below.

The SAT is developed and administered by the US-based “College Entrance Examination Board”. This implies that Collegeboard sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report.

In India, SAT is conducted at the following cities: Bangalore, Calcutta, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi, and Pune.?

By mail: Obtain the “SAT Information Bulletin” available free with USEFI offices or from collegeboard website.

Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card), and use the envelope provided with the form to mail these to:

  • College Board SAT Program
  • Princeton, NJ 08541,
  • USA

Online Registration (Credit Card required): Fill up the form online and mention your credit card number. This is the easiest way to register for SAT.


Total score is out of 2400. All the scores and the dates are sent to the universities if the test is taken more than once

The SAT Test syllabus has been set keeping in mind the requirements of the two formats. Since, SAT is attempted by students who are in their 11 and 12 standard or equivalent the SAT Test syllabus is also based on that level. Hence, SAT test is based on subjects taught in high school programs.

SAT Reasoning Test:

The SAT reasoning Test consists of three sub-sections. The SAT Test syllabus for the three sections is as follows:


This section involves an essay and multiple choice questions to test a candidate’s hold over grammar and usage. The candidate needs to focus on improving sentences: structure and approach, have a sound knowledge of subject and verb agreement, noun agreement and parallelism. The grammar section also involves usage of pronouns, incorrect comparisons, conjunctions, misplaced modifiers, punctuation.

Critical reading

The questions asked in this section are based on either short passage reading or long passage reading. It essentially tests a candidate’s vocabulary.


This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. Besides, the syllabus includes mean, median and mode, ratios, direct and indirect variation. The candidate’s can also expect to be asked questions on probability, combination and permutation and patterns and sequences.

The total duration of the test is 3 hours 45 minutes. The three sections, namely, writing, Critical reading and mathematics hold a maximum score of 2400. Each section is allotted scores from 200 to 800.


The SAT-I is a three hour exam, divided into seven sections. The following table gives out the format of the SAT-I :

Section Type of Question Total Questions Timing
Verbal Sentence Completion – 10 questions
Analogy Questions – 13 questions
Critical Reading – 12 questions
35 questions 30 minutes
Verbal Sentence Completion – 9 questions
Analogy Questions – 6 questions
Critical Reading – 15 questions
30 questions 30 minutes
Verbal Critical reading questions on paired passages 13 questions 15 minutes
Mathematics Multiple Choice – 25 25 questions 30 minutes
Mathematics Quantitative Comparisons – 15
Student-produced-response Questions – 10
25 questions 30 minutes
Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions – 10 10 questions 15 minutes
Experimental Either verbal or Mathematics section varies 30 minutes
Total 138 + 3 Hours

SAT Subjects Test:

This test is based on specific subjects. The candidate may choose his subject of interest from the list given below:

Subject Subject Subject Subject
Literature Biology/EM German Italian
U.S. History Chemistry German with Listening Latin
World History Physics Spanish Chinese with Listening
Math Level 1 French Spanish with Listening Japanese with Listening
Math Level 2 French with Listening Modern Hebrew Korean with Listening

The duration for the exam is 1 hour. Candidates can take a subject test for more than one subject or as required by the institute he/she wants admission into.

SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a private, non-profit organisation in the United States.The test assesses how well the test takers analyse and solve problems.

SAT can be taken seven times a year in the US and six times internationally. Candidates can sit for the test in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. A candidate can register for SAT both online and by mail.March set is available only in the US.However, the candidate may decide the Test Dateof test as per his/her convenience.You can select your preferred test centre depending on convenience.After the test, candidates are provided with the official score card for the SAT Test about five weeks after the test is over,which can be received either online or by mail. There are no specific eligibility criteria for taking SAT Test. Since it is taken for admission in colleges students are advised to take the test when they are in junior or senior high school.?


College board has the provision of reporting your SAT scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the SAT fee you pay. You have to mention the universities to which you want to send the scores in the SAT application form. This implies that even before taking the SAT, you need to do some homework on which universities you’re finally going to apply, based on the score that you expect to attain. For reporting to each additional university, the College board charges you $6.50 (approx. Rs. 280), payable by an international credit card or a dollar denominated draft.

The score is sent to four universities free of cost, which can be selected at any time of registering for the exam. College Board charges additional for the score to be sent to university later.


The SAT results comprise three different scores : a total score (400-1600), a separate score for Verbal section (200-800) and a separate score for Mathematics section (200-800)


5 years


SAT Reasoning Test Fee $29.50
International processing fee $20.00
Security surcharge to test in India & Pakistan $20.00
Total Amount $ 69.50
Late registration fee
(If registering late, add this amount)

SAT Subject Tests

Registration Fee $17.00
International processing fee $20.00
Security surcharge to test in India & Pakistan $20.00
Writing Test (If taken) $17.00
Language Tests with Listening (If taken) $18.00
All other Subject Tests (per subject) $18.00 for each
Late registration fee
(If registering late, add this amount)

Mode of payment:

  • Credit Card – Visa, Mastercard or American Express
  • Bank Draft (Dollar Draft, not Indian Rupees)
  • Check Drawn on a U.S. Bank
  • United States Postal Service Money Order
  • International Money Order
  • UNESCO Coupon
  • Postal Reply Coupon


The SAT test is a paper based test.

Number of tests

The test can be taken as often as one wants.