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SAT Test FAQs

Why is the SAT important for college admissions?

Colleges and Universities use different criterion during the admission process, the SAT being one of them. The test score is an important parameter that institutions evaluate while processing your application for admission, in order to understand you better.

What is the set duration for the SAT?

The SAT consists of 2 main sections:

  • A 65-minute Reading section
  • One 35-minute Writing & Language section
  • One 25-minute Mathematics (No Calculator) section
  • A 55-minute Mathematics (Calculator) section
  • A 50-minute essay (optional)

Total test time: 3 hours and 50 minutes (3 hours without essay).

How is the SAT scored?

SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600 (200-800 for Reading & Writing and 200-800 for Maths).

How many times should I take the SAT?

Preparation is the key. Most students may take the SAT once or twice. SAT is conducted 6 times in India (in US, its conducted in March as well, hence 7 times in US). Students may appear for SAT as many times as they wish in a given year, but we recommend that you prepare well before appearing for the exam as there is no evidence that taking the SAT multiple times significantly improves your score.

How many times is the SAT conducted every year?

6 times (Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec). The test is generally conducted on the first Saturday of the month (except in the month of January, when it is usually taken on the last Saturday).

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