The Scholastic Aptitude Test, technically called the SAT®-I, comprises of a general test assessing critical reading, quantitative reasoning and writing skills. It is accepted for U.S. College Admissions. Most U.S. Universities ask for the SAT® for admissions to their undergraduate programs. Many universities also require students to take SAT®-II Tests. it has a validity of five years.

The SAT Reasoning Test

This is a three-hour, forty-five minute primarily multiple-choice test, measuring critical reading, writing and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Most Colleges require SAT®-I scores for admission. the SAT® I is scored out of 2400 – a separate score of 800 each for Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Reading and Writing.

SAT®-II: Subject Tests

SAT® II Subjeect tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths Level 1, Maths Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages. SAT® II are offered 6 times a year: October, November, December, January, May and June.


The US-based “College Entrance Examination Board” develops and administers the SAT®, that is, it is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee.

The Scoring Pattern on the SAT®

The SAT® results comprise of three different scores: a total score (600-2400), a separate score for critical Reading section (200-800), Quantitative Reasoning (200-800) and Writing (200-800)

SAT | Photo Requirements

How to upload your registration photo

You must submit a photo with your registration for the SAT. The photo you provide will become part of your Admission Ticket. You will be asked to upload a digital photo during online registration. Your appearance in the photo must match how you will look on the day of the test or you will not be admitted to the test.

Choosing an Acceptable Photo

  1. Your passport-type or wallet-sized photo (sized from 2 x 2 up to 2.5 x 3 inches) must be at least 640 x 480 pixels.
  2. The photo must:
    • Be properly focused
    • Not have discernible pixels or be grainy
    • Be correctly exposed (brightness and contrast)
    • Be taken in full-face view, directly facing the camera
    • Be clear enough so there is no doubt about your identity
    • Not be too dark or too light, with no shadows or glare on your face
    • Not show an outdated “look” for you (e.g., facial hair that you no longer have, a new and different hair length or color)
    • Not show other people in addition to you
  3. Your appearance in the photo must match how you will look on the day of the test.
  4. Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and any head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  5. If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
  6. Sunglasses or glare on eyeglasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.
  7. File format must in one of the following:
    • .jpg
    • .gif
    • .png

Reporting the Score

The College Board provides reporting the student’s SAT® Scores to a maximum of 4 Universities of his choice – the cost of this is built into the SAT® fees already paid. The candidate has to mention the Universities to which he desires sending his scores in the SAT® Application form. For reporting to each additional university, the College Board charges extra, payable by an international credit card or a dollar denominated draft.

When is the SAT® held?

SAT® is held 7 times in a year : October, November, December, January, March, May and June.


The SAT®-I is a three-hour forty-five minutes exam, divided into ten sections (one section is the experimental section which is not scored). The following table gives the format of the SAT®-I:


1. Critical
8 16 24 25
2. Critical
5 19 24 25
3.Writing 11 18 6 35 25
4. Critical
6 13 19 20
5. Writing 14 14 10
TOTAL 19 48 25 18 6 116


RAW SCORE = Correct- ¼ Wrong (Except writing, which is scored between 2-12