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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    Scholastic Assessment Test
  • Mode of Conduction
    Written-based examination
  • Exam Duration
    3 Hours
  • Exam Frequency
    5 times a year
  • Medium of the exam
  • Marking Scheme
    No negative marks
Eligibilty Criteria

There are no fixed criteria for the SAT exam eligibility, but there are a few parameters that candidates must follow before appearing for the test. SAT exam dates for Indian students 2022 are offered seven Saturdays per year. Candidates can register for the exam according to their preparation levels.


Criteria for SAT Exam Details
SAT Exam Eligibility No fixed criteria
SAT exam age limit There is no fixed maximum or minimum age criteria in SAT exam eligibility for students. You can appear for this exam without worrying about any age limit.
Qualification for SAT exam SAT does not require any minimum educational criteria. However, if you are a high school student planning to pursue a degree after completing school, you can start the preparation in the school years itself.
Frequency There are no specified official limits regarding the frequency of how many times a person can appear for the SAT. You can take this exam as many times as it would take you to pass it. However, it is advised that you appear for it at least twice before you complete high school.
Exam Pattern

SAT exam pattern comprises of two major sections – Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math and an optional essay. Both sections, EBRW and Math, are scored on a range of 200-800.  Even though optional, SAT essay score is required by a number of colleges during the application process. The score range for SAT Essay section is 2 to 8.

  • Both sections of EBRW questions are multiple-choice questions
  • Math is divided into two sets of questions – one to be attempted without using a calculator and one with a calculator
  • Most of the Mathematics questions are MCQs; some questions are grid-ins i.e. students must solve and fill in the answer on the bubble sheet
  • The exam is 3 hours long. SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes long.
  • There is a time limit of 100 minutes to attempt EBRW and 80 minutes for Math.


Section Sub-section Number of Questions Time Limit (min.) Score Range
Evidence-based Reading and Writing Reading Test 52 65 200-800
Writing and Language Test 44 35
Mathematics Math without a Calculator 20 25 200-800
Math with Calculator 38 55
Essay(optional) - 1 50 2 to 8
Total - 154(155 with Essay) 180 (230 with essay) 400-1600