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Everything You Should Know About SAT

Published on : 21-04-2023 Powered by

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is the gateway for students seeking admission to undergraduate schools across the world. The SATs evaluated candidates’ written, verbal, and mathematical skills. SAT scores enable students to apply at over 800 universities worldwide, including 25 universities in the United Kingdom.

About College Board
The College Board is an American not-for-profit organization that was formed in December 1899 as the College Entrance Examination Board to expand access to higher education.

Additionally, SAT scores also indicate career readiness. Many colleges worldwide, including 35 universities in India, accept SAT scores for admitting students to their undergraduate programs.

SAT Structure
The SAT is a three-hour exam that includes three tests:

(1) the Reading Test,
(2) the Writing and Language Test, and
(3) the Math Test

Key Points to keep in mind

  1. In India, the SAT exam is conducted 5 times a year. The examination is often held in the months of March, May, August, October, and December.
  2. The SAT exam dates in US are different from SAT dates in India.
  3. Approximately, SAT test is conducted at around 53 institutes spread across 30 cities of India.
  4. The test is administered offline at the relevant centres.

SAT Registration Dates in 2022
Registration deadline: July 29, 2022 - Test Date: August 27, 2022
Registration deadline: September 2, 2022 - Test Date: October 1, 2022
Registration deadline: November 3, 2022 - Test Date: December 3, 2022

Steps to send SAT scores:
Prior to the commencement of the exam, applicants will be able to provide the names of up to four colleges with which they want to share the SAT scores.

Number of Attempts Allowed
Candidates may take the SAT as many times as they choose. However, it also depends on the program/college you are applying to. The SAT is given five times yearly (March, May, August, October, and December).

Attempts and Scores for SAT
Most colleges let students who take the SAT multiple times select which of their test scores, by date, they send to colleges. However, some colleges do require applicants to send all their test scores.

Given the college application timeline, you should try to take your first SAT exam.  This way, if you are not happy with the score and want a better score, you can retake SAT.

ACT – an Alternative to SAT?
The other alternative to SAT is ACT. ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
Both the ACT and SAT are nationally recognized standardized tests.

Is SAT or ACT more important
Many students start their college preparations by comparing the ACT and SAT examinations. The SAT and ACT cover many of the same topics. ACT and SAT scores are both used to determine college admissions decisions and to provide merit-based scholarships. The majority of universities do not prefer one test over the other.

SAT Acceptance in India
>> 15 Universities in India accept SAT scores when you apply to any of their degree Programs.  These are:

 Ashoka University,  Azim Premji University,  FLAME University,  Jagdish Sheth School of Management,  KREA University,  Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies,  Plaksha University,  Shiv Nadar University,  Sri Sri University,  Srishti School of Art Design and Technology,  SRM Institute of Science and Technology,  SRM University, AP - Amaravati,  SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat,  Symbiosis Skills and Professional University,  World University of Design

>>10 Universities in India accept SAT scores for specific courses:
- Ahmedabad University: All except B.Tech.
- Bennett University: B.Tech., B.B.A.
- BML Munjal University: B.Tech., B.B.A., B.Sc. (Economics)
- Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM): All B.Sc./B.C.A./B.E.M. programs, B.Pharma, All B.B.A. programs, B.Com. (Honours), All BA programs
- M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences: B.Tech., B.B.A., B.Pharma, Pharma D., B. Des., B.H.M., B.Sc. (Honours), B.Com. (Honours), B.Sc. (Bio-Tech), B.Sc. (Food Processing and Technology), B.Sc. (Dialysis Therapy Technology), B.Sc. (Medical Radiology and Imaging Technology), B.Sc. (Cardiac Care Technology), B.Sc. (Sports and Exercise Science), B.Sc. (Optometry), B.Sc. (Operation Theatre Technology)
- Manipal Academy of Higher Education: B.Sc. (Exercise and Sports Sciences), B.Sc. (Health Information Management), B.Sc. (Medical Imaging Technology), B.Sc. (Perfusion Technology), B.Sc. (Renal Replacement Therapy & Dialysis Technology), B.Com. (Professional), B.Com. (Business Process Services)
- OP Jindal Global University: All programs except Law
- SVKM's NMIMS: All courses in the following streams (schools):Engineering, Liberal Arts, Maths, Economics, Commerce
- Symbiosis International (Deemed University): Liberal Arts
- Vellore Institute of Technology: All except Engineering, Law, and Architecture programs

SAT Fee consists of
Registration Fee: $80
Regional Fee: $49 (for India)
Total: $109

Fee Discounts and Scholarship for Indian Students 

Income-eligible students who live in India and are in Class XI or XII can apply for discount vouchers that will save them up to 90% on SAT registration fees.
90% SAT registration discount: Annual family income less than ?8 lakh
50% SAT registration discount: Annual family income between ?8 lakh and ?15 lakh

Income-eligible students who live in India and get a total SAT score of 1300 or higher may qualify for a merit-cum-need scholarship at participating universities. Scholarship amounts are based on the student’s annual family income.

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About the Author : Vaishnavi is an independent content writer specializing in career-related topics

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