SAT- An Overview

Quick Facts about SAT

Frequency: The SAT can be taken 7 times per year in the US: January, March/April, May, June, October, November, December and six times a year for students living outside the United States
Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Sections: Math, critical reading, writing. There are 10 sections, but only 9 of the sections count towards your score. The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.


Max. score:                          : 800 per section
Math(Avg. score)                 : 516
critical reading(Avg. score)   : 501
Writing (Avg. score)              : 492
Subject SAT (SSAT)

Subject SAT (SSAT)

Subject specific SAT is known as SSAT
  • Each SAT Subject Test is one hour in length.
  • These tests are offered in October, November, December, January, May and June, although not all tests are offered at all locations on all dates.
  • Students can take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date.
  • SAT Subject Tests are graded by a computer.
  • Students cannot take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT during the same test administration.



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)                     $20.00

Subject SAT (SSAT)

 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)                 $ 8.00 each
 Late registration fee
(If registering late, add this amount)                    $20.00


The SAT is scored based on two separate calculations. First you have a “raw score”, which is the actual number of points earned. Then the raw score is converted to a “scaled score” by a statistical process called equating.  

Since there are over two million students taking the test annually (and there are different versions of the test), raw scores need to be converted into scaled scores in order to even out variances and ensure an even distribution.

Raw Score  : Sum total of  all your correct answer. -For each wrong multiple choice answer you lose one-forth of a point. For a blank answer, you don't loose points.

Scaled score: The raw score from above is converted into a scaled score by equating, and then each section is reported on a 200 to 800 point scale.

Sub scores (writing section):  The multiple-choice questions are calculated just like the other multiple choice questions on the Math and Critical Reading sections.

The Essay is marked on a 2 to 12 point scale. Each essay is independently scored by two readers on a 1 to 6 point scale. The multiple-choice writing section counts for approximately 70 percent of the total raw score, and the essay counts for 30 percent. After combining the two scores, the  raw score  attained is converted into a scaled score between 200 and 800 points.

Subject SAT (SSAT)

SAT subject test scores are reported on a scale from 200-800, with sub scores being reported on a scale from 20 to 80.
Reading and listening sub scores are reported for all Language Tests with Listening, and a usage sub score is also reported for the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tests.

Your scores tell college admissions staff how you did compared with other students who took the test.

  1. For each correct answer you get 1 point.

  2. For Incorrect Answers

For Incorrect Answers

-1/4 point subtracted for each 5-choice question
-1/3 point subtracted for each 4-choice question
-1/2 point subtracted for each 3-choice question

For a blank answer, you don't loose points.

Official score reports are provided about five weeks after taking the test. They are sent to the students' high school.
Every SAT includes a 25-minute section, which doesn't count toward your final score. It may be a critical reading, mathematics, or multiple-choice writing section.
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