SAT : Simple and Easy Guidebook For 2022

SAT known as The Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardized test used for taking admissions in an undergraduate course in the US.


It was started in the year 1926 by College Board. Formerly, this exam was named as Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). This exam was developed with an aim to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidate. Anyone willing to pursue an undergraduate course mainly in the US and in Canada will have to write this exam.


The SAT subject test has been designed for students who are looking for courses in particular subjects like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences, and Foreign Languages. Candidates can take this SAT subject test to show their knowledge and understanding of that particular subject.


The College Board is responsible for owning, developing, and publishing the SAT exam and ETS is responsible for administering it. This is a paper-based exam and the test is scored between 200-800


 SAT Exam: Need and Advantages 

Anyone willing to take admission in the undergraduate course in the US appears in this exam. Most colleges and institutions need the SAT score for admission. Also, many colleges and institutions also offer scholarships based on their SAT score.


SAT is most popular for undergraduate courses in US and Canada. It is also accepted by some universities in UK and  Australia also.


Types of SAT Exam :

Scholastic Assessment Test is conducted by the College Board. These are of 2 types:

SAT 1: Commonly known as Scholastic Assessment Test. This is a general test developed with an aim to evaluate the written, verbal, and mathematical skills of the candidate.

SAT 2: This is more subjected oriented. This has been designed for the students who are looking for taking admission to a particular course like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages. Candidates can take this SAT subject test to show their knowledge and understanding of that particular subject.



Highlights of the SAT Exam 

Exam Name


SAT Full Form Scholastic Assessment Test
Conducting Body The College Board
Accepted by Most popular for an undergraduate courses in US and Canada. Also accepted by UK and Australia
Mode of Exam Written based
Score Range 400-1600  points
Exam Fees $96.50 without essay and $ 113.50 with essay
Official Website


Eligibility of Exam:

Anyone can appear for this exam irrespective of age, race, gender, nationality, and religion.


Educational Qualification


There is no specified age required to appear for the exam. The age group of 17-19  are among the highest to appear for this exam. There is no minimum educational qualification needed, anyone who has passed high school or equivalent can write the exam There is no set limit for the number of attempts. One can attempt as many times as they want.


Registration for SAT Exam :

SAT exam registration can be done online as well as by mail. The test is conducted 7 times a year in US and 5 times a year in another country.

Online Registration :

Steps to Register online for the Exam :

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of SAT Create a new account or login into the already existing account.
  • Step 2: Go to Sign up
  • Step 3: Fill the SAT Application form.
  • Step 4: Select preferred available Test type, Test center, and Test Date
  • Step 5: Pay the registration fees.
  • Step 6: Take the print of the acknowledgment receipt


Registration by Mail /Paper Registration :

Steps to Register by mail  for the Exam :

Step 1: Request for SAT Student Registration booklet from College Board.

Step 2: The booklet has a registration form and returns envelope. Fill the form with all the relevant details.

Step 3: Mail the form with cheque or money order or demand draft of the application fees using the registration envelope to the below address :


College Board SAT Program

P.O. Box 7502

London, KY 40742 -75027


Step 4: The filled-in form can also be submitted to the local representative of SAT, which is USIEF. The mailed form can be directed to their regional office.





SAT Exam Pattern:

This is a pencil paper-based test. The test pattern comprises two major sections – Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math, which are further divided into two sections each.



Number of Sections 4 (EBRW-2 & Math-2 )
Number of Questions 154
Duration 180 minutes (without Essay)
Score Range 400-1600
Language of the paper English
Mode of exam Pencil-Paper
Negative Marking No


SAT Exam Pattern Break Up 




Sub-section Number of questions Duration

Score Range

Evidence-based Reading and writing (EBRW) Reading 52 65 minutes 200-800
Writing & Language Test 44 35 minutes
Mathematics Maths with Calculator 20 25 minutes 200-800
Maths without Calculator 38 55 minutes
Essay (Optional) 1 50 minutes 2 to 8
Total 154 (155 with Essay) 180 minutes (230 minutes with Essay) 400-1600



The SAT Subject Test exam pattern is for 60 minutes and the candidate can choose any of the 20 subjects mentioned below. The test is graded on a scale of 800 points. The subject is as follows :

  1. German
  2. Physics
  3. French
  4. Korean with Listening
  5. Chinese with Listening
  6. Japanese with Listening
  7. World History
  8. Biology
  9.  Chemistry
  10. Math I
  11. Italian
  12.  Spanish
  13.  Modern Hebrew
  14.  French with Listening
  15.  Spanish with Listening
  16.  German with Listening
  17. Literature
  18.  US History
  19.  Latin
  20.  Math II


Result of  SAT Exam :

The SAT results are declared within three weeks after the test day. The result is available on the College Board profile for the test takers.


SAT Validity Period:

The validity of the SAT score is for 5 years.


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