What are the complete details on the SAT Exam?

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What are the complete details on the SAT Exam

Scholastic Assessment Test, popularly known as SAT, is a standardised test for students interested in getting admission to reputed undergraduate schools. SAT is conducted by the College Board. It is an important test for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The SAT exam mainly tests the verbal, written, and mathematical skills of students.

Types of SAT Exam

There are two types of SAT exam. SAT 1 refers to a general test that has been designed to evaluate the mathematical, written, and verbal skills of candidates. SAT 2 is a subject-focused test developed for students who are trying to gain admission to a specific course. It evaluates the knowledge of the candidate in that specific subject.

Eligibility of SAT Exam

If you are appearing for SAT 2022, you may be interested in knowing the eligibility criteria. The exam does not have any specific eligibility criteria. There is no maximum or minimum age limit for the SAT exam. According to general studies, students belonging to the age group of 17 to 19 years appear for the SAT exam the most.

There is also no restriction in the number of times a candidate can appear for the exam. The exam is conducted five times a year in the months of March, May, August, October, and December. Candidates can take the exam any number of times. Moreover, there are also no educational eligibility criteria for the SAT exam.

Exam Pattern of SAT 2022

To perform well in the SAT exam, it is vital to have a clear understanding of the exam pattern. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours and 50 minutes, and the total number of questions is 155, including the essay question. The SAT 2022 exam will mainly consist of three sections: evidence-based reading and writing, mathematics, and an optional essay. While the first two sections are compulsory for all, the essay section is optional. 

In the evidence-based reading and writing section, there are two sub-sections: reading and writing. For the reading section, you will have 65 minutes to answer 52 multiple-choice questions. The writing section will be 35 minutes in duration and you are required to answer 44 multiple-choice questions. 

The mathematics section consists of 58 questions, and the duration is 80 minutes. If you are opting for the essay section, you will get 50 minutes to write one essay.

Syllabus of SAT Exam

The syllabus of the SAT exam includes courses that students have studied in school. Here is a quick glance at the syllabus:

Writing Section

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Essay

Reading Section

  • Sentence completion
  • Reading comprehension
  • Paragraph-length critical reading

Mathematics Section

  • Geometry Statistics
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Data Analysis and Probability

SAT Registration Process

To take the SAT exam, candidates will have to register first. Candidates can register online or through post. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Registration Online
  • Go to the official website of the College Board.
  • Create an account.
  • Submit the essential details.
  • Choose the exam and the test centre.
  • Upload a clear photograph.
  • Pay the application fees.
  1. Registration by Mail
  • Get ‘The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests’ from your school.
  • Look for the registration form and envelope.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Send the form along with a demand draft. 

Exam Fees of SAT 2022

The non-US regional fee in India is $49. This amount needs to be added to the type of exam:

  • The exam fee for candidates appearing for SAT 2022 (only) is $55 plus the non-US regional fee ($49), which is a total of $104. 
  • The exam fee for candidates appearing for SAT 2022 (with the essay) is $68 plus the non-US regional fee ($49), which is a total of $117.


Knowing about the SAT exam in detail can help increase your chances of success. Now that you have all the information you need on SAT 2022, you can start preparing for your exam. 

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