SAT is an international standardized test required for admission into most of the colleges in the United States. It is also accepted in colleges in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada. SAT is developed and published by the College Board. It is administered by Educational Testing Services worldwide on behalf of the College Board in over 25,000 test centers across 192 countries.
SAT Test is conducted 7 times annually depending upon the region. It is held at least 5 times a year in most countries. SAT registration costs between USD 52.50 to USD 101.50 depending upon the country. It was taken by 1.7 million students across the world in 2017.
- SAT is 3 hours long paper-pencil test.
- It has four sections – Reading; Writing and Language; Mathematics (no calculator); Mathematics (calculator use allowed).
- A fifth section of essay writing (50 minutes) is optional. It is, however, required by some colleges.
- The score range is between 400-1600 for overall test.
SAT 2020 Examination Overview
|Level of the exam||International|
|Administered by||Educational Testing Service (ETS)|
|Developed by||College Board|
|Mode of exam||Paper-pencil|
|SAT Fee||USD 47.50|
|SAT Fee with Essay||USD 64.50|
|Score Range||400-1600 overall|
|SAT Test Centers||25,000 across the world|
|SAT Helpline||Domestic: 866-756-7346 | International: 212-713-7789|
SAT Subject Test
- SAT Subject Tests are for specific subjects required by colleges for admission.
- 20 Subject Tests are available in five general areas – English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.
- The tests are generally available six times in a year.
- Each Subject Test is of one hour duration.
- Students can take up to three Subject Test on a test day.
- One cannot take SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day.
- Language with listening test is available only in November.
List of Subject Tests:
|Math Level 1||Math Level 2|
|U.S. History||World History|
|Spanish||Spanish with Listening|
|French||French with Listening|
|Chinese with Listening||Italian|
|German||German with Listening|
|Japanese with Listening||Korean with Listening|
- No eligibility criteria
- Students who are 12 years or younger in age can only register by mail
- Students in eighth grade or below must not include a photo in their registration
- SAT registration can be done online or by mail.
- Special accommodations can be requested for students with disabilities at the time of registration
- Create a profile on the College Board website
- Fill the application form by providing Personal Information, High School Information, and Contact Information
- Create a Student Profile
- Select Test and Test Center
- Upload a front facing clear photograph of headshot
- Check out and pay the application fee using credit card or PayPal
- Print the admission ticket
Registration by E-Mail
One needs to register by mail, if:
- Requesting testing closer to home
- Requesting Sunday testing for the first time
- Paying by check or money order
- Younger than 13 years old
- Unable to upload a digital photo in the online registration process
- Registering through an SAT international representative
To register by mail:
- Request SAT Student Registration Booklet from a counselor or College Board
- Fill the application form
- Mail the form along with a check or money order of application fee using the registration envelope to
College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 7502
London, KY 40742-7502
Rescheduling, Cancelling or Changing SAT
Rescheduling, Cancelling or Changing SAT
Students can request a change in test date or center or test: SAT to SAT with Essay or SAT to SAT Subject test or vice versa
- Log in to the College Board profile to make any changes
- Make the required changes before the deadline
- Pay the fee applicable using credit card or PayPal
- Click on Update
- Print the updated admission ticket
Fees Structure In SAT Exam
- Additional fee along with registration fee is applicable for students taking the test outside the United States and U.S. Territories.
- Service charges are applicable for services like score verification, rescheduling the test, etc.
|SAT with Essay||$64.50|
Concession In Fees
- The set fee can be waived for students from low-income families
- Available only for citizens of the U.S. or U.S. territories
- Students must fulfill one or more of the following criteria to be eligible –
- Enrolled in or can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
- Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program aiding students from low-income families
- Family receives public assistance
- Lives in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or is homeless
- A ward of the state or an orphan.
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