SAT consists of three major sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. There is one more experimental section which can be of either type and will not be known to the students.
|Section||Duration||Question Types||Expected No. of Questions|
|Critical Reading||· Two 25-minute sections
· One 20-minute section
|· Sentence Completion
· Reading Comprehension (short & long passages)
|Mathematics||· Two 25-minute sections
· One 10-minute section
|· Multiple Choice
· Grid-Ins (no answer choices & you must figure the answer on your own)
|Writing||· One 25-minute essay (always the first section)
· One 25-minute section
· One 10-minute section (always the last section)
|· Error Identification
· Sentence Improvement
|Experimental||· One 25-minute section||· Can be Critical Reading, Math, or Writing
· Does not count toward score
|University Name||Score Required|
|Harvard University||2200 or above|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||2200 or above|
|Princeton University||2200 or above|
|Rice University||2200 or above|
|University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)||2050 or above|
|University of Southern California (USC)||2050 or above|
|New York University (NYU)||1950 or above|
|University of Colorado – Boulder||1850 or above|
|University of Texas – Austin||1850 or above|
|University of Houston||1500 or above|
- SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1
- SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
- SAT Subject Test in Chemistry
- SAT Subject Test in Physics
|Mathematics Level 1: 596||Chemistry: 630|
|Mathematics Level 2: 639||Physics: 647|
Most selective colleges recommend applicants to submit scores for any two SAT Subject tests. Engineering colleges typically require Chemistry or Physics and prefer Mathematics Level 2. A handful of the most competitive colleges, such as MIT, Harvard University and Princeton University, still require three Subject tests in addition to the three sections of the SAT. It is important to consult the college’s website to find out more information about Subject test requirements.
Remember, your scores are not the only information colleges use in their admission decisions. They may also consider your high school record, essays, recommendations, interviews, and extracurricular activities.
- Many scholarships require a minimum SAT score
- Many universities, especially state universities, will offer academic scholarships for students with a certain GPA and a minimum SAT score.
- The SAT is a great way to set you apart from the college admissions crowd. Having a high SAT score will allow you to stand out from the thousands of other people applying to college.
- Better, latest and most advanced research facilities.
- Emphasis given to all round personality development along with college studies.
- Application based teaching – Concepts and methods taught are practical and relevant to the industry.
- More opportunities for research, higher studies and jobs.
Candidates wishing to take the test may register online at the College Board’s website http://www.collegeboard.com or by mail. To register by mail, you need a SAT Registration Booklet, which is available at your school counselor’s office. The Registration Form and return envelope are included in the SAT Registration Booklet. For more details students can contact US Educational Foundation in India (USEFI) or visit their website www.fulbright-india.org.
In India, SAT is conducted at the following cities: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi and Pune.
Students receive their online score report approximately three weeks after administration of the test (six weeks for mailed, paper scores).
Most good colleges require the students to send in their applications with SAT scores by November / December of their class XII year. This implies that a student should appear for the October or November SAT. Ideally a student should appear for the May / June SAT so that they have sufficient time to complete their college applications including essays, recommendations and transcripts from teachers, filling up of forms etc. This means a student should start the actual SAT preparation before the beginning of class XI as there are no distractions such as school homework, projects, exams or any other school activities. In fact, to develop a strong foundation a student should start clearing the basic fundamentals from class IX and X itself as most of the questions are based on the concepts taught in IX and X.