Scholastic Aptitude Test

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.

The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, non-profit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service the test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college. The SAT was originally designed to be not aligned to high school curricula. 


The syllabus for SAT exam is

The SAT I tests a student's skills in

  • Critical reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing


  1. The Critical Reading

The SAT I contains three critical reading sections:

  • Reading comprehension of 25 min
  • Sentence completions of 25 min and
  • Paragraph-length critical reading 20 min.

Reading comprehension test consists of a lot of passages followed by questions to be answered using the information given in the passages.

Sentence completion problems will require filling in the blanks with appropriate word.

  1. Math section

The SAT contains three Math sections:

  1. Algebra and functions of 25 min
  2. Geometry Statistics of 20 min
  3. Probability and Data analysis of 20 min

There will be 54 questions in all. 44 of them are multiple-choice. For the remaining ten questions, you will have to find answers on your own.

  1. The Writing

The SAT writing has three sections:

  1. Essay section of 25 min,
  2. Multiple choice sections lasting 25 minutes and 10 minutes.

The SAT writing sections will assess your ability to improve writing samples, identify writing errors, and produce your own clear, coherent essay.

SAT II exam

Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge.

The SAT Subject Tests are the only national admissions tests that give you the opportunity to show hold of content in the specific subjects, such as English, history, mathematics, science, foreign languages and various other subjects.

Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. These tests give you and colleges a very reliable measure of how prepared you are for college-level work in particular subjects. Used in combination with other background information, they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future college performance in specific subject areas.

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Languages