About SAT

Till a few years ago, the students used to chase their American dreams by taking standardised tests like GRE, GMAT and TOEFL. But the last coupls of years has seen a substantial rise in the number of students taking SAT. The Test is not only gaining popularity among Indians, but also increasing confusions about it. So let us explore what this test is all about.

SAT (pronounced not as “sat” but “S” “A” “T”), is a standarized test to take admission in undergraduate courses in US colleges. The Test is designed to assess the appliacant’s academic readiness for college and measures basic skills you have acquired till +2, viz.

Reading – comprising of reading passages and sentence completion questions;

Writing – comprising of short essay and multiple choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage; and

Mathematics – comprising of questions on Arithmetic Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

SAT tests how adept you are at these skills and how well you can apply them.

The Test gives 8 types of questions in all. Look at the following Table to understand the compostion and time of the Test.

Skill to be Tested Type of Questions No. of Questions Time Allocated
Critical Reading
  • Sentence Completion
  • Passage Based Reading



70 mins(One 20 min. section + Two 25 min. sections)
  • Improving Sentences
  • Identifying Sentence  Errors
  • Improving Paragraphs
  • Essay



60 mins(One 10 min section + Two 25 min sections)
  • Multiple Choice
  • Student Produced Responses
4410 70 mins(One 20 min. section + Two 25 min. sections)
TOTAL 8 170 + Essay 3 hrs + 40 mins

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