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SAT Test Preparation

SAT Scoring

The SAT comprises of two sections, SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, and Math. The test scores you on the scale of 200- 800 points giving a possible total of 1600. The subscores and insight scores are scored separately and will be reported along with the optional essay. For the questions you have not answered will not count either for or against their score, nor there is negative marking for answering wrong. 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’.

Sections Component Time Allotted (min.) Number of Questions/Tasks
1 Reading 65 52
2 Writing and Language 35 44
3 Math (No Calculator) 25 20 (15 multiple choice and 5 Grid-in questions)
4 Math (Calculator) 55 38 (30 multiple choice and 8 Grid-in questions)
5 Essay (optional) 50 1
Total 180 (230 with Essay) 154 (155 with Essay)


Key highlights of the New SAT:

  • SAT is offered in the months of March, May, October, and December in India.
  • SAT is most likely conducted on the first Saturday of the offered months.
  • The duration of the test is 3 hours (3 hours 50 minutes with an optional essay) excluding the breaks.
  • The best time to take the SAT is when you are in class XI.
  • SAT scores are valid for five years.
  • There is no negative marking or wrong-answer penalty.
  • Multiple-choice questions have 4 answer choices per question. The maximum attempts you can take the test are two to three times, however, you should do it only when you are sure that you will improve your score in the next attempt.
  • The essay question asks students to analyze a 650-700 word document and explain how the author builds an argument. Students need not have previous knowledge of any particular subject to successfully answer the essay question as the test focuses on the reading, writing, and analysis skills of the test-takers.
  • The process of evaluating score varies from college to college and university to university.  Your score report sent to colleges includes score ranges and percentiles indicating how well a student has performed.