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SAT in India is conducted six times in a year in the months of January, May, June, October, November and December. It is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month except in January when it is conducted on the last Saturday.

The ideal time to take the SAT is in class XI or at the start of class XII.

The SAT test structure is as follows:
SectionTimeBreak up of sectionTopicsMarks
Mathematics 70 minutes Two 25 min sections
One 20 min section
  • Number & Operations
  • Algebra & Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Data Analysis
Critical Reading 70 minutes Two 25 min sections
One 20 min section
  • Critical Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Completion
Writing 60 minutes Multiple choice question – 35 min
Essay section – 25 min
  • Grammar
  • Usage
  • Word choice
Note: There is one extra section of 25 minutes which is not used for grading/scoring. This takes the total time of the exam to 3 hours and 45 minutes.

SAT Scoring Methodology

Each section of the SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a scale that ranges from 200- 800 points giving a possible total of 2400. Two "subscores" will also be reported which are for the multiple-choice writing section (scored from 20 – 80), and an essay (scored from 2 – 12).

The first step in calculating the SAT score is to figure out the ‘raw score’ that is done by:

The raw score for each section is then converted into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, which is done through a statistical process called "equating."