Standard Aptitude Test – How to apply for Scholastic Aptitude Test?

By | July 11, 2017

Standard Aptitude Test – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is conducted by  College Board in the USA, to gain admission into many of the universities in the United States. It is a general test of verbal and qualitative reasoning accepted by most of the U.S. universities. In India, SAT is conducted in the following cities: Bangalore, Calcutta, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Mumbai, Mussorie, New Delhi and Pune.  The exam is held for about 6-7 times in a year and students can choose the time as per their convenience ad readiness. The scores are valid for five years, hence giving you a considerate period to make the final decision to gain admission in the United States. Some universities might require you to take SAT-II as well, which examines the subject-specific knowledge.

Content and format of Scholastic Aptitude Test


It is a three-hour exam, consisting of 3 major sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Each section receives a score on the measurement scale of 200-800. There is a 25-minute experimental section that may be in either of three sections, which is used to normalize questions for the future SAT test and is not a part of your final score. The questions might be easy, difficult, or medium.

Critical Reading:

This is made of 3 subsections ( 2 sections of 25 minutes each and one of 20 minutes). There are sentence completion questions and passage reading-based questions in this section. These are designed to test the vocabulary of students and the ability to understand the passages.


This section is again 70 minutes long and contains both multiple-choice based questions and subjective questions. There will be questions based on numbers, algebra, geometry, data analysis etc. Students are allowed to use calculators.


The section is 60 minutes long and consist both multiple choice questions and essays. There will be a 25-minute essay section where students will be asked to express their views on a certain topic, followed by 35-minute multiple choice questions based section. The questions are designed to check the grammar of students and their ability to communicate ideas effectively.

Some Universities also conduct SAT-II, which tests a particular knowledge of students.  It is a one hour test with multiple choice based questions. Students are required to select three subjects from a list of 20 subjects like Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, German reading, Spanish listening, French, and Mathematics, etc.

Countries accepting SAT Score:

Apart from the United States of America, there are few more countries that accept the SAT score of individuals. These are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom

Students can check the websites of colleges and universities to check detailed eligibility criteria.

How to apply for the Scholastic Aptitude Test?

There are two ways to apply for this exam:

Online Registration: Students can fill an online form on the website of the College Registration Board and fees can be paid using Credit Card.

By Mail: Students can download the form from the website of College Registration board and mail they’re filled in the form with cheque/draft or money order to the mailing address specified.

By Neha Singh

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