SAT Exam - Fees, Dates, Tips, Results & Scores

SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test, organized by the College Board. We mainly support SAT as it is a local exam of the US for both US students and Non-US students. But it is acceptable in 175 countries, as it varies from university to university as every university does not demand SAT.

From 2023 onwards, SAT’s new version has been introduced, where the applicant must give the SAT exam online instead of a pen and paper test. This version of digital SAT exams applies only to international students. In contrast, US-based students can give digital exams from 2024 onwards. The name of the exam has been changed to Digital SAT, and many new changes have been brought to simplify the exam and provide more average time for each question to solve. The exam duration has also been shortened to 2 hours and 14 minutes from 3 hours.

In India, the SAT exam takes place five to six times a year, i.e., March, May, August, October, and December. SAT helps both native and non-native students to enhance their written and verbal skills in English and Mathematics and helps to get scholarships and the best universities in the US. The test consists of multiple-choice questions and an optional essay section. The College Board discontinued SAT subjects in June 2021. Now candidates must take SAT 2023 for admission to their desired undergraduate course.

Name Scholastic Assessment Test
Acronym SAT
Conducted By The College Board
Eligibility Minimum Class 12th
Test Duration 2 hours 14 minutes
Types Digital SAT
Mode Computer-based Exam
Required For Undergraduate Admissions
Fees US$103 [₹8500]
Validity 5 years
Result 13 days after Exam date
Official Website


Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is an entrance exam for studying at the under-graduation level after 12th standard. SAT is an international exam majorly accepted by US universities. Students who pass the SAT exam by solving English and complicated mathematical problems with good scores can get admitted to the best universities in the US and Canada.


Students after class 12th are eligible for the SAT exam. The College Board doesn’t set any specific age limit or the number of attempts on the SAT exam in a year or a lifetime. The applicant can give the SAT exam as many times as they want.


Digital SAT exam syllabus is comparatively more accessible than other international exams. The syllabus includes two sections, (a) English and (b) Mathematics, where both sections are divided into two modules.

  • English has a reading module with short passages and questions based on these passages and a writing module also several short passages and grammatical questions based on the passages.
  • Mathematics also has two modules, namely (a) module-1 and (b) module-2. Both modules have an equal number of questions. This section gives students the benefit of using calculators throughout the exam.

Exam Pattern

Digital SAT exam is set for 2 hours and 14 minutes, where students must answer 98 questions from all four modules given in two sections. Let’s have a fleeting glance at SAT exam pattern

  • English: This section has two modules with a time limit of 64 minutes.
    1. Reading: A student has to solve 27 questions in this module in 32 minutes.
    2. Writing: This section has the same number of questions and time limit to answer the questions as in the reading section.
  • Mathematics: This section has two modules with a time limit of 70 minutes. Both module-1 and module-2 have 20 questions with a time limit of 35 minutes each. Two pretest questions are also there in each module.


If you want to appear for a Digital SAT exam in India, you must register before the deadline and book the test centre. You will need a passport and photo while registering for the exam online.


The Digital SAT exam fee for Indian students is US$60 + US$43 = US$103 (INR 8500), which includes Exam Fee and Regional fee. The students can pay the exam fees using credit or debit cards with international transactions activated.

Exam Dates

SAT exam takes place 5 to 6 times a year, mainly in March, May, August, October and December. The exam takes place in almost every state of India, with around 120 centres all over India.

Result & Score

Students can check their SAT exam result on the official website of the College Board after 13 days of the SAT exam. The SAT exam is marked out of 1600 and 800 scores for each section.

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