Are you planning higher studies in the US? Then an SAT scorecard is as important as your passport and visa. Here is a detailed take on the procedure and rules on how to apply for SAT in India.

SAT: An overview

SAT or Scholastic Assessment/Aptitude Test is a standardized test widely accepted to take admission in colleges mainly in the United States. The test was first started in 1962 by College Board and ever since it’s beginning the examination has undergone several changes in rules and regulations.

The test is accepted by most of the colleges in USA, Canada and in many other countries as well. Thus this test is mainly given by high school students for getting admission in colleges of their choice. However, note that getting a good SAT score isn’t enough to get admission in your dream colleges.

Generally, the colleges consider your high school grade points, your personal essays, and abstracts, academic transcripts, letter of recommendation and interviews for a complete evaluation.

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Examination pattern

The SAT test is conducted in two types:

  • SAT: This segment tests your reading, writing and mathematics skills. The examination span is of 3 hours and 45 minutes. The Sat test syllabus deals with topics you have learned in your high school. Note that SAT doesn’t test your abstract reasoning or logical skills rather it tests your academic knowledge of what you have learned in high school and what you will require during your further studies.
  • SAT Subject Test: These are hour-long tests conducted based on the content of the subject. These are designed in a way to showcase the knowledge, depth, command, and achievements of a particular student in that specific subject area. Generally, the tests are taken in English, History, Mathematics, Science and various foreign languages. However, note that not all universities and colleges demand a subject test score.
  • So before appearing for subject test research carefully about the requirements for your target college. We are one of the best SAT coaching institute in Delhi.

Eligibility Criteria:

There are no stringent eligibility benchmarks for appearing in SAT. You have be an enrolled high school student with the intent of applying into foreign undergraduate courses while appearing for SAT. However for students below 12 years of age, the mode is registered by mail.

How to apply for SAT exam in India

Generally SAT examination is conducted 7 times a year in US while 5 times a year in most countries outside US. The process of registration is simple and it is open throughout the year. Interested candidates can book a test day of their own choice however they need to book that before the deadline of that particular SAT date.

Generally, there are 4 stages of SAT application which are as follows:

  • Filling out of the application form
  • Booking of the test date
  • Booking of a test center
  •  Paying of the necessary fees
    The steps for registering into SAT albeit easy might be a bit confusing especially for first time
    test takers. Here is a detailed stepwise guide to walk you through the process.

Step 1: Creating Profile:

The process of registration of SAT exam begins with creating a profile in the official College Board website. The steps to register:

  1.  Go to the official website for SAT that is
  2. . Now click on the Sign-up option
  3.  Now you will be asked to provide some basic information like:
    • Name
    •  Sex
    •  Date of birth
    •  A functional email address
    • Month and year of your high school graduation.
  4. After providing all the basic information you will be asked to select
    • Username
    •  Password
    •  A security question
  5. After choosing all the necessary credentials click on the next button
  6. Now click on Review and confirm information provided option
  7.  You will receive a confirmation email of account creation on your registered email address
  8. Now go to the next stage for filling up the application form.

Step 2: Filling up of the SAT application form

After completion of initial registration, you need to fill up the application form in a detailed manner.

  1.  Begin with logging in to your SAT account by entering your username and password
  2.  Click on the option register for Sat
  3.  Now provide your personal information, high school information and your complete mailing address
  4.  You will also be asked to provide some demographical information and information regarding your parents.
  5.  In the next column, fill out your academic information:
    • GPA/Rank
    • Course work with respect to different SAT subjects like English, Mathematics, Science, Social science and Languages
    • Extracurricular activities if any
    • Your college plans
    • Levels of education you want to pursue
    • Majors
    • The type of college you would likely choose
    • College settings
    • Size of the college
    • College Housing
    • Financial aid in case you need any and by what percentage
    • Part-time employment in case you want to do any.

Step 3: Selecting Centre and Date

After you have entered all the necessary information that has been asked to provide it is time for you to choose the examination center and date.

  1. To begin with, choose the country where you want to take the test
  2. Next, select the Sat test type or SAT test subject you want to appear for.
  3. Now select the date from available date list.

In case you apply for SAT from India the cities where SAT conducts their tests are:

  • New Delhi
  • Bangalore
  • Calcutta
  • Cochin
  • Pune
  • Mussoorie
  • Kodaikanal
  • Hyderabad
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai

Note that these cities have multiple test centers to choose from.

After you have chosen the test center to follow the given steps:

  1.  Select the Essay option in case you want to answer SAT with essay.
  2.  Provide your SSD number in case you are seeking any special accommodation due to any kind of disability.
  3.  Provide information about fee waiver if applicable
  4.  Then upload a front facing image of yours. Note that your face must be clearly visible in that image
  5.  However, in case you are a student below 8th grade, you won’t be required to provide
    your photo during registration.

Step 4: The payment

After completion of the entire procedure, you will be asked to pay the registration fees. For payment follow the given steps:

  1. In case you need to study material make sure to choose the option
  2. Recheck all the information provided and make edits if and where required.
  3. Click on make payment option
  4.  You can pay by either using PayPal or credit card. The allowed credit cards include:
    • AmEX
    • Discover
    • MasterCard
    • VISA
    • JCB

Fee structure:

For Indian candidates:

For the regular test, SAT examination fee $47.56+ Non-regional fee of $49 i.e total $96.50

In case you are opting for essay as well:

$64.50+ $49=$ 113.50

In case you want to give the subject test you will have to pay $26 as the base subject test fee.

Last date to apply for SAT 2018

For regular SAT test on an international basis the last dates were:

Test date: May 5 th 2018

Registration Deadline: April 6 th 2018

Result: May 24 th 2018

For SAT subject test on an international basis the last dates were:

Test date: June 2nd 2018

Registration Deadline: April 6th 2018

Result: July 11th 2018

Can you apply to college before taking the SAT

A standardized test score result although significant is not mandatory in all institutions. Around 800 of institutions including the elite George Washington University recently adopted the test-optional policy. Thus you can apply to these institutions without an SAT scorecard.

In case you are thinking of applying to institutions based on SAT result awaited category you need to check the institutional regulations for their exact benchmarks.

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SAT Dates for 2019-20

Regularly check the SAT site to see the test dates here.

Following are the dates for registering for SAT and the test dates for 2019-20:

December 7, 2019 November 1, 2019
March 14, 2020 February 7, 2020