SAT Exam: Dates, Registration, Fees, Scholarship & Preparation

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What is the SAT Exam?

Planning to study at one of the best universities in the world? Then, you might definitely be looking to know the SAT Exam in detail. The SAT Exam is a standardized entrance test used by most colleges and universities in the US to make admission decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, paper-pencil test created and administered by the CollegeBoard - one of the largest education companies in the world.

Latest from the SAT

This information is important for you if you are just starting to know the SAT and your first attempt could be at the end of 2022 or at the start of 2023. The College Board recently announced that the SAT will go Digital starting March 2023. The new digital SAT will be shorter than the current SAT. As the name suggests, the Digital SAT will be done online and not on paper. Let's have a look at the new test structure (starting March 2023)


Reading and Writing



Two-stage Adaptive Test

Two-stage Adaptive

No. of Sections



No. of Questions per section

25 operational + 2 pretest

20 operational + 2 pretest

Time per section

32 minutes

35 minutes

Question Types

Multiple-Choice with 4 answer choices

Multiple-Choice with 4 answer choices(75%) + Student-produced Response (25%)

Basics of SAT Exam - Current Version

Test Name


SAT Full Form

No Full Form - known as SAT only

Official Website

Conducted by

The College Board

Exam Mode

Paper-Pencil Test

SAT Section

Reading, Writing, and Math

Total Test Length

3 hours

Score Range


Average SAT Score


Used for

Undergraduate admissions to US & Canada

When should I take the SAT Exam?

Most students take the SAT, the ACT, or both during the end of their Class 11 or start of their Class 12.. The SAT exam is offered every year in August, October, December, March, May, and June. You should plan your test such that you have time to re-take the SAT if you need to raise your score before you apply to college.

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What is on the SAT Exam?

There are four sections on the test:

How long is the SAT Exam?



No. of Questions


65 minutes



35 minutes


Math No Calculator

25 minutes


Math Calculator

55 minutes


The total duration of the test, without the breaks, is 3 hours or 180 minutes. You get two breaks on the test - one for 5 minutes and the other for 10 minutes. Hence, the total duration of the test, including the breaks, is 3.25 hours or 195 minutes.

Question Types on SAT Exam

The Reading Test has a comprehension followed by multiple questions based on the passage. These questions test on various skills such as Vocabulary, Inference, Finding the evidence and more. All questions are Multiple-Choice with four answer choices.

The Writing Test has comprehensions that have some portions underlined. These underlined portions test you on your Grammar and Editing skills. All questions are Multiple-Choice with four answer choices.

The Math Test has questions on various math topics ranging from Algebra to Arithmetic to Geometry to Complex Numbers. Most questions are Multiple-Choice with four answer choices. The Math section also has some questions that are known as Student-Produced Response as they do not have any answer choices.

Scoring on the SAT Exam


Score Range


10 - 40


10 - 40


200 - 800

You receive many scores on the test. Here is a sample score report.

SAT Score Report

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Let's understand each of the scores on the report:

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Who can take the SAT Exam?

Anyone who plans to study at one of the universities in the US can take the SAT. As such, there is no age limit for the test. However, most students take the test between 17 to 19 years of age.

How many times can you take the SAT Exam?

There is no limit on the number of attempts you can take the test. However, it is strongly recommended not to take more than three attempts.

SAT Exam Registration

If you plan to take the SAT, you must register for a slot at one of the test centers. You have to go to to register for the test. You have to create an account on the website and provide the information such as your name, name of the school, city, country and much more required to take the test. You also have to upload your photograph.

SAT Exam Test Fee

SAT test fee for US Students is $60 and the test fee for International Students (students who are not residents of the US) is $109

Changing or Canceling the SAT Exam registration

You can change the test center or even cancel your registration. However, there is a fee involved to do either.

SAT Exam Scholarships

College Board in partnership with Buddy4Study ( provides a scholarship to pay the SAT fee for students who come from a financially disadvantaged background.

To get a 90% scholarship on the SAT Fee, the student must come from a family with annual income of less than Rs. 8 lakhs.

To get a 50% scholarship on the SAT Fee, the student must come from a family with annual income between Rs. 8 lakhs and Rs. 15 lakhs.

SAT Exam - India Scholars Program

The College Board has partnered with some universities in India. These universities accept the SAT scores for admissions to various programs and also offer upto 100% Tuition fee scholarship. The following universities are partners with the College Board:

Upcoming SAT Exam Dates (India)

SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

August 27, 2022

July 29, 2022

October 1, 2022

September 2, 2022

December 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

March 11, 2023 (Digital)

February 24, 2023

May 6, 2023 (Digital)

April 21, 2023

June 3, 2023 (Digital)

May 19, 2023

How to prep for the SAT Exam?

Career Launcher offers many different options to prepare for the SAT including Self-paced study, Group study, and 1-to-1 coaching. Career Launcher offers convenient study modes ranging from private online classes to group classroom classes. You get a customized study plan that suits your requirements based on the data while you practice questions online.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for SAT Exam

Yes, there is no minimum age for the SAT.

Yes, there is no maximum age for the SAT.

Yes.. This is known as SAT Superscoring. For example, If your score on the two SAT attempts are as follows:
SAT 1: Reading and Writing (650) and Math (750). Total 1400
SAT 2: Reading and Writing (700) and Math (700). Total 1400
then, you can combine the Math score from SAT 1 and Reading and Writing score from SAT 2. Hence, your SAT Superscore is 750 + 700 = 1450

Yes.. Calculator is allowed for only one math section i.e the last section on the test.

The average SAT score for all test takers in 2021 was 1051.

There are no bad scores on the SAT. Whether a score is good depends on the university that you plan to apply to.

No.. However, it is strongly suggested that you do not take the test more than three times.

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