Take the SAT exam in India to study in US and Canada


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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Oct 16, 2020 22:22 IST

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the US, Canada as well as other countries to select students for admissions to undergraduate courses. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation (LoR), interviews and personal essays.

The best time to take SAT depends on a variety of factors: the schools to which you're applying, your application deadlines, your cash flow and your personality.

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The SAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s skills in three core areas: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Students in classes 11 and 12 take SAT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.

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SAT round-up

Frequency - multiple times/year

Duration - 3 hours

Sections - math, reading and writing

Cost – $96.50 without the essay and $113.50 with essay

Max Score - 800 per section

SAT Format

Subject/Duration/Score Range






80 minutes



Calculator allowed for 37 questions

Calculator not allowed for 20 questions

  • Problem-solving and data analysis
  • ‘The Heart of Algebra’
  • ‘Passport to Advanced Math’


65 minutes

200-800 (combined with Writing section)


Total 52 questions

  • No Sentence Completion
  • Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)

Writing and Language

 35 minutes

200-800 (combined with Reading section)


Total 44 questions

  • Tests ‘Expression of Ideas’ and ‘Standard English Conventions’ through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science
  • All questions from extended prose (400-450 words)

Essay (optional)

50 minutes

not scored


One 50 minutes optional essay

This section requires students to evaluate an argument through analysis of evidence



3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)



154 questions



SAT Testing Dates for 2019 - SAT is conducted multiple times around the year.

SAT exam centers across India:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Bangalore
  3. Calcutta
  4. Cochin
  5. Pune
  6. Mussoorie
  7. Kodaikanal
  8. Hyderabad
  9. Mumbai
  10. Chennai

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What to bring to the test center:

  • Admission ticket
  • A valid photo ID
  • No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An acceptable calculator with extra batteries
  • A watch to keep track of time
  • Drinks and snacks (for the break)

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Annette Mathew

4 months ago

I'm in 12th now n wish to do bsc nursing through Sat
Would u help

Reply to Annette Mathew


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

3 months ago

Hi Mathew, you can take the SAT test, it will help you in securing admission to a college. You can learn more about the SAT test here https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/exams/sat

Hey!! My friend wanted to appear for the SAT exam , could you please help us with some of the best courses and universities that guarantees job offers in the US or UK?

Reply to Vartika Shrivastava


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hi Vartika, please elaborate on your query and let us know the academic background of the child who wants to go abroad, so, we can assist you better. Also, no one can give assurance about the jobs, however, you can do more research on it and go for a field which is currently in demand.


Gobinath Vm

9 months ago

My Son Planning to write an SAT exam, Is it possible to write an exam only for the math exam the first time and 2nd time for an only English exam?

Reply to Gobinath Vm


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

9 months ago

Hi, SAT subject tests (like Maths or English) have been discontinued by the College Board, so, you need to give the SAT exam only.


Digvijay Singh

10 months ago

hey i just recently crossed 10th and moving towards to medical in india and want to do pharma abroad. Is it a right decision? or plz tell cost of SAT exam in INR

Reply to Digvijay Singh


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

Hi Digvijay, please refer to the below URL and learn everything about the SAT exam.

Hey! I am in class 11th preparing for JEE. After my bachelors, Can I study abroad for Masters(Mtech) through SAT? And also I wish to study abroad for Btech too

Reply to Himanshu Sejwar


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi Himanshu, SAT exam scores are used to take admission in a bachelor's course and not master's.

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