The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Overall, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.

Eligibility criteria

There is no age limit or any specific standards set by the conducting bodies for the SAT exam. However, the candidates should pass the high school exam successfully to seek admission for undergraduate schools abroad.


SAT scores are accepted in every major country including US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

SAT syllabus and test format

There are four sections in SAT-

  • Reading
  • Writing and Language
  • Maths
  • Essay (optional)

Test centres and date

The SAT is conducted in nearly 53 centres in various cities across India. All the major cities are included, and you can choose the date and test centre of your choice while filling up the form.


What is on the SAT?

There are two SAT sections:

  • Math
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
The SAT also includes an optional Essay section. SAT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores. Some colleges may require that you complete the SAT Essay. 

How to apply?

SAT registration can be completed in four steps-

  • Visit the official SAT website and create a profile
  • Fill the application form
  • Select the test centre and date
  • Pay the application fee