SAT Exam

SAT in India is conducted four times in a year in the months of October, December, March and May. It is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in March when it is conducted on the second 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:
Component Description Time allotted (mins) Number of Qs
Evidence-based Reading & Writing : Reading Section 4-5 passages on US classic work, World literature, U.S. founding document, economics, psychology, sociology, science etc. and multiple 65 52
Evidence-based Reading & Writing: Writing and Language Section Multiple choice questions based on passages. Some passages are accompanied by informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts—but no math is required. 35 44
Math 45 multiple choice questions and 13 questions requiring student responses on the following areas: Heart of Algebra Problem Solving and Data Analysis Passport to Advanced Math 80 58
Essay (optional) Write an essay (based on given passage) in which you explain how the author builds an argument to persuade his/her audience about something. Analyze how the author gives evidence to support his logic and makes a strong and persuasiveness argument. 50 1

Total Score:

Each section of the SAT will be scored on a scale that ranges from 200- 800 points giving a possible total of 1600.

Section Scores:

The redesigned sat will report two section (domain) scores:

  1. Evidence-based Reading and Writing, which will be the sum of the Reading Test score and the Writing and Language Test score multiplied by 10
  2. Math

Test Scores:

The redesigned sat will report three test scores, each on a scale ranging from 10 to 40:

  1. Reading Test score
  2. Writing and Language Test score
  3. Math Test score.

The Math Test score will be the Math section score divided by 20. The sat Essay score will be reported separately. The Essay task will report three scores on three dimensions: Reading, Analysis, and Writing.

Cross-Test Scores:

The redesigned sat will also report two cross-test scores:

  1. Analysis in History/Social Studies
  2. Analysis in Science.

Each of these scores will be reported on a scale ranging from 10 to 40. These scores are based on selected questions in the sat Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests and will reflect the application of reading, writing, language, and math skills in history/social studies and science contexts.


The redesigned sat will report multiple subscores for Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

The Reading and Writing and Language Tests will contribute questions to two subscores:

  1. Command of Evidence
  2. Words in Context.

The Writing and Language Test will also report two additional subscores:

  1. Expression of Ideas
  2. Standard English Conventions.

The Math Test will report three subscores:

  1. Heart of Algebra
  2. Problem Solving and Data Analysis
  3. Passport to Advanced Math.

In total the redesigned sat will report seven subscores, each on a scale ranging from 1 to 15.

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