SAT - Introduction

Popular Exam: SAT (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test) started in 1926 is structured to assess the ability of those students who wish to pursue higher studies in the US.  SAT is one of the most popular and thoroughly researched tests taken up to seek admission in US.

Purpose: SAT exam is held for the purpose of granting admission in the undergraduate courses across US. The exam is really important and almost all colleges accept SAT score. This makes the exam very famous among aspirants who wish to take study in US.

Sections : SAT aims at measuring the literary, writing and analytical skills of the students which are required for academic excellence during college. The SAT test evaluates a candidates' critical thinking and trouble shooting skills which would help him/her through the college. The exam follows a particular format and comprises of three sections.
  • Critical Reading
  • Mathematics and,
  • Writing

Subject SAT (SSAT)

Subject SAT (SSAT): Every year more then 500,000 students take up SSAT exam. SSAT is a subject specific test that evaluates a students' understanding and their ability in a particular subject, and their aptitude to apply that knowledge to excel academically.

Sections: SSAT provides an additional opportunity to improve your chances of getting in to the college of your choice. SSAT is divided in two parts:

Students in grades 5 to 7 (Lower Level).
Students in grades 8 to 11(Upper Level).

SSAT can be taken in 20 different subjects.  All SAT subject tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests.


There is no eligibility criterion for appearing in the SAT/SSAT exam. A student can take it during junior or senior years of High School. However, when applying for this exam the applicant should take care of the following:
Deadline for filling the application form of the colleges.

No fixed age but should have completed your high school (For Indian student they should have completed their 12 years of education)

Some colleges take their own subject test.


The registration process for SAT/ Subject SAT (SSAT) remains same. Students must register in advance for the test. Once registered each student will receive the following :
  • Test center seat.
  • Admission Ticket (web account, email, or postal mail)
  • Score reports will be sent to colleges (maximum of four) and scholarship agencies.

How to register?

There are three ways to register for Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT/ Subject SAT (SSAT).
Online Registration : The fastest and safest method to register for the test is online registration. It gives immediate confirmation of the test center seat and access to an online Admission Ticket for corrections and reprinting.

Mail Registration :  While filling the form if a student provides his/her email id, then the student will receive admission ticket via email only.  And the rest who do not provide an email address or mark on the form that they want to receive a paper ticket as well will receive an Admission Ticket through postal mail.

Registering via phone : Phone registration is available in case you are retaking the test. Only students who have a previous registration in the system can register by phone.

Late Registration : The SAT Program has standardized the length of time available for late registration across all test dates to be at least 14 days.


The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), primarily consists of  multiple-choice questions that measures verbal and reasoning abilities that develop during school.

SAT test consists of three sections:
  • Critical reading: 25-minute sections (two)  and one 20-minute section
  • Writing            : 25-minute sections (two) and one 10-minute section
  • Mathematics   : 25-minute sections (two) and one 20-minute section
Note: Also present is a 25-minute variable section which is not considered towards the score.  This section may have critical reading, mathematics or multiple-choice writing questions.

The SAT score is valid for 5 years. And in some case colleges up to 10 years.

Subject SAT (SSAT)
  • Time – 2 hours 35 minutes (excluding the time for 2 breaks)
  • Total Sections: 5
  • Types of questions – Multiple choice questions, essay writing question
  • Format – Paper and pencil
  • SSAT Sections and their Details
  • Writing Sample
  • Quantitative Section (2 sections)
  • Verbal Section
  • Reading Comprehension Section
SAT Subject (SSAT) Tests have unique formats and may require use of special equipment (e.g., calculators for Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 tests, CD players for Languages with Listening tests)
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