SAT Exam 2022

Updated by: Shilpa Saxena on May 6, 2022, 1:58 p.m.

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What is SAT Exam?

The SAT, originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test and later as the Scholastic Assessment Test, is a standardized test adopted by the United States for admissions to universities and colleges. The developer of the admission test is College Board and is administered on behalf of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The test was introduced in the US to assess the readiness of students for college. Founded in the year 1926, the exam has been renamed a number of times since then.

As of today, the Scholastic Aptitude Test has been renamed to SAT Reasoning Test and the letters SAT no longer stand for anything. Apart from the SAT colleges in United States, candidates can also apply for admission abroad to universities in countries like Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore. Candidates can take admission to the bachelor’s courses with a valid SAT scorecard. The SAT is offered internationally in October, December, March, and May.

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Why SAT Exam is Taken?

SAT Exam is attempted by students across the globe and it has some serious benefits that make it appealing among the students:

  • The College Board takes into consideration the variability in class selection, grading and curricula in different high schools across the world and hence evaluates candidates on an even playing field.

  • Standardized tests like the SAT help candidates learn how to score high with dedicated test prep and improve one’s chances of getting admission to competitive schools.

  • Taking the SAT helps students comprehend questions and be familiar with what is going on in classrooms across the globe.

  • The good SAT scores also expands access to scholarship money from a lot of top colleges. 

  • The SAT exam is lighter on Math. It focuses more on algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

  • The SAT test helps colleges to select candidates instead of only relying on Letters of Recommendation, Statements of Purpose and Grade Average Points.

Latest Updates on SAT 2022

Massachusetts Institute of Technology reinstates SAT scores

The SAT score requirement has been reinstated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the students planning to take admission in fall 2023.

SAT Exam Pattern to be Changed: More Topics, Shorter Duration and Calculators Included

The College Board on January 25, 2022, announced certain exam pattern changes for SAT, which include a wider array of topics, shorter duration, and the use of calculators, which is part of the College Board's process of making SAT all online.

Additionally, the College Board will also be increasing the number of opportunities for international students to attempt the test to seven attempts, thus making the SAT exam more accessible to students. Moreover, offering students more options allows the students to score better and attempt it any time throughout the year.

As per the latest update, the new format has been designed to be more secure while offering the test-takers a unique opportunity as well. The SAT exam is set to be delivered digitially by 2023 globally, and 2024 in the US. Feedback regarding the new format has been positive, by students, teachers and administrators as well. Moreover, 80% of the students also found the test to be less stressful.

SAT Subject Tests and Essay Discarded

The College Board has announced that the SAT Subjects and the SAT optional Essay have been discontinued, thus making the main SAT 50 minutes shorter in duration.

The SAT Subject Tests were offered for individual subjects, taken to improve credentials for college admissions in the US. Although popular among Indian students, the tests were scrapped to reduce pressure on students.

Over 1,500 US Institutions Make SAT/ACT Requirement Optional

Following a 2019 lawsuit filed against SAT/ACT exams, alleging them to be biased and discriminatory towards students based on race, disability and wealth, around 1500 colleges and universities in the US made SAT/ACT optional for Fall admissions. US admissions experts say that the Covid-19 pandemic further hastened the test-optional movement.

Some of these universities include the University of California, Brown, the University of Virginia, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, and Yale.

Universities Dropping SAT/ACT Requirement for Admissions and Scholarships

  • Harvard University has announced the dropping of SAT/ACT score requirements till Winter 2026 semester. The instution declared that non-submission of test scores will not lead to rejection of admission applications, however, submission might help in securing admission easily. The university plans to revive the requirement for admissions in Spring or Fall 2027.

  • The University of California, on May 14, 2021, announced it has decided to drop the SAT and ACT requirements for both scholarships and admissions. This shall be effective from Fall 2021 until Spring 2025. The university has, however, said that SAT/ACT scores can be used for course placement but only after a student's admission.

SAT Highlights 2022

Exam Name SAT(previously Scholastic Aptitude Test)
Accepted by Colleges and universities in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, etc. offering undergraduate courses accept SAT
Duration 3 hours
Conducted by The College Board
Mode of Exam Written examination
SAT Fee SAT- USD 52 + Non-US Regional Fee (USD 49)
SAT with Essay- USD 68 + Non-US Regional Fee (USD49)
Score Range 400-1600
SAT Components Reading Test
Writing and Language Test

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Important Dates for SAT Registration 2022

The SAT exam dates along with SAT exam registration dates are given below:

SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline (for registrations made online or by phone)

Deadline for Changes

May 7, 2022

April 8, 2022

April 26, 2022 

April 26, 2022

June 4, 2022

May 5, 2022

May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022

SAT Exam Dates 2023 are given below. Note that the dates are tentative and subject to change.SAT exam registration dates for 2023 are yet to be given.



August 27, 2022


October 1, 2022


December 3, 2022


March 11, 2023


May 6, 2023


June 3, 2023


Who can take the SAT 2022?

The College Board that administers the SAT exam has not laid down specific eligibility criteria for who can take the test but generally it is taken by high school students who wish to get admitted to undergraduate courses in colleges and universities in the USA. There is no minimum or maximum age limit for taking the SAT exam. Generally, students between the ages of 17 to 19 take SAT exam when they are in class 11 or class 12.

There is no minimum educational qualification required to take SAT exam. Students in class 11 or class 12 opt for the SAT exam. Students must start SAT prep as soon as possible to score good marks and get admission to their desired college.

College Board has not laid rules on how many times you can take SAT exam. SAT is an exam that can be taken as many times as a student wants but it is advisable to take at least two tests to get desired results.

The disabled students who inform the College Board beforehand get facilities that make their examination experience easier. The facilities which they get are Braille or large print exams specially for visually impaired students or extra writing time.

SAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The SAT's conducting body - College Board - has set SAT exam syllabus for both SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test. Candidates who are looking forward to pursuing undergraduate or bachelor's studies abroad are required to take the SAT test. 

This examination will evaluate the candidate's knowledge and skillset and the good part is that SAT does not have any negative marking. The SAT exam pattern has two sets - SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Test - as earlier mentioned. Students appearing for SAT can sit for any of the exams set. However, the syllabus of these two sets varies from each other. 

SAT Reasoning Test Exam Pattern

This set is majorly objective including optional essay sections. The candidates are given exactly 3 hours and 50 minutes to write their exam. As the essay section is optional, if the candidate decides not to take it, then the entire test duration would be 3 hours. 

Below is the latest test pattern for SAT Reasoning Test:


Number of questions

Total duration (in minutes)


52 questions

65 minutes

Writing and Language

44 questions

35 minutes


58 questions

80 minutes

Essay (optional)

1 question

50 minutes


155 questions

230 minutes

So, students who are looking forward to sitting for the reasoning test can go through the above-given pattern. 

SAT Subject Tests Exam Pattern

This exam evaluates students' knowledge of specific subjects. The exam pattern for the SAT Subject Test is one hour. The applicants can sit from 20 subjects made available for them. In this test, they will be scored on a scale of 800 points. The available subjects are:

SAT Subjects






Modern Hebrew

Korean with Listening

French with Listening

Chinese with Listening

Spanish with Listening

Japanese with Listening

German with Listening

World History



US History



Math I

Math II


Applicants who are willing to excel in their tests should remain updated with the latest pattern of the exam to score well. It will also help them to prepare themselves a month or two earlier. 

Types of SAT Exam

Scholastic Aptitude Test is a coveted examination, an entrance exam, which is required to qualify if a student is aspiring to study abroad for his or her undergraduate courses in countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. 

The SAT test is available in two formats - the SAT, also known as SAT1 and SAT Subject Test, also referred as SAT2.

Note: As per the latest update, SAT Subjects Test has been discontinued by the College Board. So the following information is just for reference. 


The SAT1 examination is a comprehensive test for Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, Language Aptitude including the Essay section. The essay section was earlier optional, but now it has been discontinued by the College Board. All of these tests focus on testing the logical and critical and analytical thinking skills of the candidate. 


The SAT Subjects Test or SAT 2 is a more subject-oriented exam. Candidates here are required to prove their proficiency in a particular chosen subject. SAT2 gives an overall option of 20 subjects like Chemistry, US History, Literature, Physics, Modern Hebrew, Biology (Ecological/ Molecular), Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2, Modern Hebrew, etc.

Both the tests assess whether the candidates are eligible for abilities and skills and also make it easier for the universities and colleges to determine if the candidates are ready for the chosen program. 

SAT 2022 Eligibility

The SAT's conducting body, College Board, has not set any such eligibility criteria for its applicants to appear for the exam. There is no minimum or maximum age limit set by the conducting body for aspirants wanting to register for the SAT exam. 

However, applicants are required to have successfully passed their high school to seek admission for bachelors studies. Candidates belonging to the age group of 17-19 years have recorded the highest turnout for the SAT exams.

Countries that majorly accept SAT scores and results are the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand among others.

SAT Eligibility for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must inform the College Board beforehand about their condition. If the special candidates have been informed already, then they will be made eligible to appear for SAT accordingly with added facilities. 

It is also noteworthy to mention that all the extra convenience must be approved beforehand by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) unit. Once the facilities for the disabled candidates have been approved, they can be used for both SAT General and SAT Subject Test. Applicants are not required to make a new request for each SAT exam. Students should note that there are no eligibility criteria laid down for students wanting to appear for the SAT.

Aspirants wanting to pursue bachelors studies abroad can either opt for the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject test depending on the college/course requirement. 

Students should keep in mind that it is important to register for the SAT well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle. Candidates are required to choose from the available SAT dates and Test Centres that are most convenient to them. Also, students can take the SAT exam as many times as they want. 

SAT 2022 Test Dates

For the unversed, SAT, in India, are conducted in five months - March, May, August, October and December. However, look for the SAT exam dates that would be suitable for you and during which you can prepare yourself for the test appropriately. 

So keeping these in mind, applicants should register themselves as per the deadlines. The timing of your SAT exam date is crucial to your success. So it is recommended to think twice before you choose the specific one for your exam. Usually, students prefer to give SAT exams after the 11th or 12th class. 

Key Information Related to SAT Exam Dates

For candidates who have chosen to appear for the examination, we have set a few key points for them regarding the SAT dates. There are a few vital things to keep in mind before and after you register yourself for the SAT test i.e. the deadline for registration expires sharply at 11:59 ET, the US of the date mentioned. Those who are mailing to register themselves should also keep in mind the deadline. Candidates should make sure you have given all the details accurately without any error.

If the candidate fails to register himself or herself within the time given, change SAT test center or cancel their SAT exam date may need to give additional charges accordingly. 

If you're sitting for the SAT for the first time, the best month to take the exam depends on your schedule. Try to find that period of two-three months when you're not busy. This will allow you to have a proper time to prepare for the exam. Also, keep the college application deadlines in mind when scheduling your SAT test. 

Students often have a habit of managing things at the last moment but in terms of SAT, they should at least start preparing themselves a month earlier or else during the SAT exam date it would be difficult for them to fetch good scores.

SAT 2022 Test Centres

SAT, administered by the College Board, is conducted across 53 universities spread over 30 cities in India. With such wide coverage and a huge push of applicants increasing every year, the Centres require the students to apply a month earlier.

No matter if they always have a deadline available for the submission of applications, it is highly recommended to apply on time to avoid any hassle. Candidates can apply both via online and offline mode.

Items Allowed in Test Centres

Before leaving for examination make sure you check the list of items allowed to be taken in the test centre. These include:

  • Admission hall ticket (Mandatory)

  • Candidates' ID proof and photograph 

  • A maximum of two pencils are allowed with an eraser during the examination

  • Calculator (only of approved by the test centre)

  • Auto-injectors

All the aforementioned items can be carried in a see-through bag. The test centres have separate desks for each candidate which also have a drawer where the examinee can keep the bag. 

Take note that the test centres will send you an email if they are going to remain shut due for any reason. You can also reach out to them directly via call regarding any queries related to your examination. In case your test centre is closed, the test fee, first of all, will be refunded. The College Board then will reschedule your test. 

SAT 2022 Registration

For all the applicants seeking to pursue bachelor or undergraduate courses in the US or Canada, SAT is the most important exam to sit for, as almost all of the universities ask for SAT scores to assess the applicants' profiles. 

The  SAT online registration is a way besides SAT offline registration. Usually, SAT online mode gives for a prompt response. If the applicant in midway failed to get any information or document, he or she can pause the registration and save it. Later on, they can start from the same with their earlier information, adding the others. 

SAT Online Registration 

Follow these quick steps to for SAT online registration:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the College Board and create a new account by giving your full name, email address and other general information.

Step 2: After successfully creating an account, add further personal details required on the website. 

Step 3: Then go ahead with creating your student's profile by adding information such as:

  • High school details

  • Academic details

  • Details of extracurricular activities (if any)

  • College-related information like university name, type, majors, etc.

Step 4: Carefully select the test date and test center

Step 5: Upload your proper picture (Passport size photograph)

Step 6: After checking all the information provided by you, pay the fees via PayPal or credit card. 

SAT Registration by Mail

Apart from the SAT online registration, candidates can also register through the mail in India. Check out the process of SAT registration via mail below:

  • The candidate, first, is required to have ‘The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, available at schools.

  • This includes a registration form along with a return envelope which needs to be filled up accordingly.

  • After filling up the form, send it with a demand draft 

  • The local representative of the SAT in India is the USIEF. The mailed forms will be directed to their regional office.

However, in any case, if the applicant wants to cancel the SAT test, he or she will not receive a full refund. The candidate is required to call at least 5 days before the SAT test date to receive a refund of USD 10.

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SAT 2022 Exam Fees

The students who will sit for SAT exam will have to pay an SAT registration fee which is USD 55 and along with that, the students must pay the regional fees for their region. The SAT exam fee is USD 49 for India. 

Additional Registration Fees

The additional charges that the students might have to pay for services are:



Test center fee

USD 24

Change test center

USD 25

Cancel registration

USD 25

Cancel registration late

USD 35


USD 53

Score Service Fees



Additional score reports

USD 12 per report

Rush reports

USD 31

Get scores by phone

USD 15 per phone call

Archived scores

USD 31

SAT Question-and-Answer Service

USD 16

SAT Student Answer Service

USD 16

Multiple-choice hand score verification

USD 55

Note: The SAT exam fees can be changed by the College Board anytime. Hence, it is advisable that you keep track of it by visiting our website.

SAT 2022 Slot Booking

Candidates who are willing to take the SAT exam can register for the same both online or through the mail. In the online medium, applicants are required to create a profile on the College Board’s official portal. After registering themselves, they have to select the test date and test centre and finally pay the examination fee online. 

However, for the candidates who want to register and book the SAT slot via mail, then they will require 'The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. This guide can be easily available in schools and can help the student in many ways as well. The guide includes the registration form which is supposed to be filled out by the candidate and sent along with the demand draft to the regional office of the United States India Educational Foundation. 

If anyhow the candidate has crossed the deadline, then he or she can also register late for the exam after giving a late fee.

SAT 2022 Syllabus

The SAT exam syllabus has all the learning combined that the candidates have already studied in their school over the years. So, if the candidate had concentrated in classes, they would hardly face any issues with the SAT exam syllabus. Earlier, the SAT exams were of two types - SAT General Test and SAT Subject Test. However, recently, the College Board has scrapped the SAT Subjects Test.

SAT General Test

Now get adequate knowledge of the pattern as here we will elaborate Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Essay (discontinued) section syllabus for SAT:


This is an evidence-based reading and writing section. It has five passages of varying length with 52 questions. The candidates are required to read these passages and answer the questions. 

  • The passages are taken from classic or contemporary US literature; from a selection of sociology, psychology and economics; Documents or speech from the US constitution

  • The passages also come with 10 MCQs with found options

Here, SAT syllabus does not require the applicants to have prior knowledge regarding the topics as the questions are asked based on passages.

Writing and Language

This section is also an evidence-based reading and writing component. It has four passages with 44 MCQs. 

  • The passages may be taken from articles related to history, social studies, humanities or science

  • Commonly asked questions in this section are based on:

    • Word choice - text, style and tone

    • Sentence structure - punctuation, syntax, grammar, construction, etc.

Even in this section, SAT syllabus does not require prior knowledge, but the candidates must know English grammar properly to ace the test.


The SAT Maths syllabus component is divided into two parts - Maths Test I (with a calculator) and Math Test II (without a calculator).

The test with a calculator has complex questions which need to be answered with the help of a calculator.

Three core areas of the SAT Maths Syllabus

Here are the three main core areas that the candidates are required to go through to excel in their math papers:

  • Heart of Algebra: Linear equations, a system of linear equations, Linear inequalities, graphical representation of the linear function

  • Problem-solving and data analysis: Ratio and proportion, percentages, unit conversion, equation of the line using a scatterplot, two-way tables to calculate conditional frequencies and conditional probabilities, an association of variables or independence of events, estimation of a population parameter, calculation of mean, median, mode, range and standard deviation in statistics, evaluation of reports to check the appropriateness of data collection methods.

  • Passport to advanced math: Quadratic equations with rational coefficients, determination of the most suitable form of an expression, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of polynomial equations, zeros and factors of polynomials, non-linear relationship between two variables, function notation, isolation of a variable by rearrangement of formula or equation.

SAT also provides candidates with a cheat sheet with the most important formulas. 

Essay (optional)

Essay writing is optional for SAT. However, some institutes ask for its scores. The candidates are given 50 minutes to read a passage (650-750 words) and then write an analysis of the author's argument. In simple words, the students are required to analyse the author's text while indulging evidence the author used to support his or her argument.

After getting all the information on SAT exam syllabus, it is suggested to start your preparation as soon as possible after you have done your registration. 

SAT 2022 Preparation Tips

Candidates can prepare themselves for the SAT exam syllabus in two ways - Coaching classes or self-study. Both the options have their benefits and are equally good in terms of preparing for SATs, which comprise three sections - Reading and Writing, Maths, and Essay. 

Tips for Reading and Writing Tests

Here are some SAT cracking tips or exam preparation tips to ace the reading and writing tests:

  • Read the passage carefully.

  • Always use proper reasoning to support your conclusion.

  • Make sure you are not writing anything out of the passage.

  • Utilize the time and answer maximum questions from one passage and then move on to another one. 

  • Lookout for ideas, facts, and details from the passage.

All of the tips aforementioned are important for the reading and writing section. 

Tips for Writing and Language

This section requires candidates to edit and organise passages, text, sentences, etc. Check out the below to score well in this section:

  • Read one passage more than two times and try to rectify the errors. 

  • With limited time, try to read the questions first and then look for answers. 

  • Read the first question and read the first para to find the answer.

  • Read the questions carefully to understand their requirements.

  • While answering the questions, keep in mind that they are set in a way to test your grammar, word choice and sentence structure.

The above-mentioned tips will surely help anyone looking forward to scoring well in this section.

Tips for Maths section

This section consists of three sections - Algebra and functions, Geometry Statistics, and Probability and Data analysis. Check out these tips to make it easier for you:

  • Work on your speed and accuracy for this section.

  • Keep in mind that this section tests problem-solving skills.

  • Practice SAT maths syllabus along with concepts, rules and relations.

  • Have adequate knowledge of formulas.

  • As there's no negative marking, try to answer as many questions as you can.

All these tips aforementioned for each section are undoubtedly going to help candidates with their preparation, no matter whether they are preparing by themselves or through coaching classes.

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SAT 2022 Best Books

Who doesn't want to ace their Scholastic Aptitude Test? To get a fantastic result, requires considerable dedication, studying, and practice to finish SAT syllabus. If you are self-studying or even taking classes, the best SAT prep books should be there on your to-do list to cover SAT exam syllabus 

These books will help the candidate to develop effective test-taking strategies and familiarise themselves with the types of questions they will get in their main examination. However, the applicant should keep one thing in mind: no single book is going to work like magic, the candidate has to give adequate time in studying and practise. 

If you can't afford an SAT preparation book, many schools or local libraries keep such books to help students to prepare for their SAT syllabus

Why to Use Prep Books?

Various students take the test lightly thinking they will not need any kind of extra assistance like classes and books, but that's not right at all. If you want to score high, it is always advisable to study and gather as much knowledge as you can. 

These preparation books are made with these strategies only - to boost your scores. These books contain matters like feature tips, questions, and practice tests to prepare the candidate in all aspects. 

Here are some of the books candidates should go through before appearing for their SAT exam:

  • Barron's 'SAT Study Guide Premium, 2021-2022'

  • Kallis' 'SAT Pattern Strategy, 3rd Edition'

  • Kaplan's 'SAT Prep Plus 2022'

  • McGraw Hill Education's 'SAT Elite 2022'

  • 'SAT Prep Black Book, 2nd Edition'

  • The Princeton Review's 'SAT Premium Prep, 2022'

  • The Princeton Review's '10 Practice Tests for the SAT, 2022'

  • Dr Jang's SAT* 800 Math Workbook, 2020 Edition

  • 500 New SAT Math Problems Arranged by Topic and Difficulty Level

  • PWN the SAT: Math Guide, 4th Edition

  • Barron's 'SAT Math Workbook, 7th Edition'

  • The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT Reading, 4th Edition

  • 2018 SAT Reading: World Literature Practice Book

  • The College Panda's 'SAT Writing: Advanced Guide and Workbook, 2nd Edition'

  • The Critical Reader: The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, 5th Edition

The aforementioned books are best picks to ace the SAT exam syllabus and is highly recommended to the candidates.

SAT 2022 Practice Papers

Candidates who are aspiring to sit for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or must first take the help of SAT practice tests a month or before their examination after completing SAT exam syllabus. Attempting practice papers helps in a lot of ways. First of it gives a clear view of how the questions are going to come and on what difficulty level. Second, enhance the speed to understand and answer the questions. And the most important thing is that it helps students to work on their weaker sections of SAT syllabus. 

Why SAT Practice Tests are Important?

There are multiple advantages to solving SAT mock test before the actual examination. These include:

  • Exam patterns for SAT keep changing, hence, students are required to keep themselves updated with the new pattern. Here, the SAT practice tests will help the candidates to get a better understanding of new patterns. 

  • SAT mock test also helps the candidates to keep track of their performance.

  • It also makes the revising process of the SAT syllabus easier.

  • While solving practice papers, students get the chance to work on their time management skills as well. 

Where to Find SAT Practice Tests

The sample SAT mock tests can be found both offline and online. Here are some of the places candidates can find the practice papers:

  • Preparation material: Some SAT books also include SAT practice tests in the last pages for students to understand the pattern and syllabus efficiently.

  • Online: Candidates can log in or sign up to CollegeDekho and go to the Study Abroad section where they can find full assistance from SAT mock tests to guide. 

So all the applicants should practise as much as they can before their examination to understand the syllabus, pattern and question type. With so many advantages, students should not waste their time by just revising the books, they should also test themselves through SAT practice tests to know their performance accurately.

SAT 2022 Question Papers

The Scholastic Assessment Test, as everyone knows, is a paper-based examination. Earlier in the SAT exam syllabus, the essay section here was optional, but recently it has been scrapped completely in the USA. While preparing for the test, one cannot remain satisfied without practicing some sample papers and so it is advisable to take SAT mock tests for better results. Many of the students mislead themselves by comparing these tests with typical ones they have taken during their high school period.

Even our CollegeDekho experts say that the best way to excel at your SAT tests is to solve some SAT question papers. It will help you understand the entire pattern of the exam and also prepare you mentally for the main day. 

For the unversed, each and every year the questions get changed, but the format remains the same. It is highly advisable to polish your skills with SAT practice tests Also, make sure that you have adequate time in hand to practice for your SAT tests as it will help to ease anxiety and increase performance, resulting in good SAT scores.

SAT 2022 Result/Scores

Understanding SAT scores can be a difficult task for candidates. The Scholastic Aptitude Test is graded on a scale of 400 to 1600, while in India, students are used to understanding percentile values. For this reason, it is necessary to have a data table for interpreting SAT and SAT subject tests results.

For the unversed, in SAT, there are three compulsory sections - Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. All the sections mentioned are firstly scored with their respective raw score. Then these raw scores are calculated in terms of each correct answer given by the students. With these, there is also an essay section, which is optional. The good thing is each question carries one mark with no negative marking.

The scoring is quite simple for the SAT. The raw score obtained by the candidate will be converted into scaled scores to generate the total SAT score. The scaled SAT score for all of the three compulsory sections is 200-800. 

SAT score with 75 percentile is treated as a good score. 75% is equal to 1200-1210 SAT Score, which is the minimum requirement to get admission at top universities.

How to Check SAT Score?

The candidates have to login into their College Board profile which they made while registering themselves. 

Follow these steps to check the scores:

  • Visit the  College Board website

  • Sign in using your credentials

  • Click on 'My Organiser' and go to SAT Scores

  • Click on 'Access My Scores' and again enter your username and password

  • Now go to 'My Test Scores'

Now after following all these steps, the candidate's scores will appear on the screen. The candidates can then share their reports to colleges or universities of their preference via Score Choice.

SAT 2022 Cut-offs

Just like yester years, the Scholastic Aptitude Test has set no such cut-off and the candidates taking the test are expected to score with a certain scale - 1200 - 1350 that falls in the 75th to 90th percentile of SAT score range. 1500 score in SAT is regarded as 99 percentile i.e. equal to excellent performance.

A high score implies that the student can survive the tough competition in international colleges. Top universities keep high cut-off scores and to get admission in such institutions, a minimum of 1200 scores is required. Universities like Harvard University, Yale University, and MIT accept an SAT score of 1500, which includes a score above 680 in maths while 600 above in the reading and writing section. 

How to Send Scores During Registration

Candidates receive four free reports of SAT scores, from the College Board. Applicants can choose to send these reports to their desired university or institute or Scholarship programmes for free. They can send these reports up to nine days after taking the test. After nine days, the candidates will no longer be able to send it for free and hence will be charged the same.

The SAT can be seen as a door open to great opportunities that include admission to Ivy league institutes and top colleges such as MIT, Harvard, Boston, Georgia Tech, Princeton, UCLA, NYU, UC Berkeley etc. The score is valued both when you are applying for college or a job. It can also be taken as a purpose to get a scholarship and will equally enhance your knowledge that can help you crack various other competitive exams such as the ACT, TOEFL, etc.

SAT 2022 Exam Acceptance

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is accepted by most renowned SAT colleges across the globe including counties like the  US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. These scores help the applicants to apply for over 800+ universities worldwide.

Below are the lists of some of the countries that require or have become SAT test-optional. 

United States

The US too accepts SAT scores for international students at the undergraduate level. The scores obtained in these exams help them to demonstrate the academic and aptitude skills of candidates in high or junior schools.  Based on strengthening and university selection, taking the SAT may prove to be a better option to stand out among other candidates. 

Almost all SAT colleges and universities in the US including Yale University, Columbia University, etc accept SAT test scores. The minimum SAT score of a candidate to get into consideration is 1300, but that too varies as per university rules.

United Kingdom

If you are a foreign applicant, i.e planning to study in SAT colleges, then good SAT scores can help you grab a top university. 

Some of the top SAT colleges including the University of Bolton, Aberystwyth University, Durham University, Keele University, etc require SAT that helps them access the students' skills and knowledge. UK colleges, such as Oxford University or Cambridge University, ask for individual subject tests including a minimum SAT score for the major or concentration you apply to. 

Some of the other top SAT colleges include - City University, London, Canterbury Christ Church University, Glasgow school or arts, Bangor University, Bath Spa University Newton Park, Aston University, etc.


Most of the colleges and universities like McGill University, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, University of Waterloo, etc accept SAT scores in Canada, however, it is not a mandatory test to be shown in some of the colleges there. Still, if you are looking to get selected in a go, and SAT test can get you into consideration quickly. 

Scores above 500 are accepted for the SAT in Canada. Many of the top universities require at least 1,150 on the SAT. A minimum of 1300 is a must for students who want to pursue engineering.

These were the top counties with top institutes that accept SAT. For the unversed, India too accepts SAT scores for admission in a wide range of programmes like BTech, BBA, BSc, BPharma, BCom, BCA, etc.

SAT 2022 Scholarships

SAT scholarship is popular amongst Indian students as the ‘College Board India Scholars Program’. The programme was initiated in the year 2018 that aims to offer SAT scholarships for students who are excellent in their studies but have financial scarcity. Test-takers who have acquired SAT score higher than 1300 and alongside have a family income that fails to meet a specific benchmark get a 100% SAT exam scholarship to pursue further education at some renowned universities. 

The College Board has come forward to merge with numerous universities that would utilize the good SAT scores to get scholarships for candidates who are highly talented.

Eligibility for SAT Scholarship

Families with less than INR 8 lakh income can avail of at least a 90% waiver in SAT registration fee, whereas families with income between INR 8 to 15 lakh can avail of the 50% waiver in SAT registration fee.

SAT Coaching Classes

Scholastic Aptitude Test is one of the most popular competitive examinations that is taken by students who wish to pursue various undergraduate courses in US colleges and universities. The classes are offered in both online and offline modes. In order to ace this examination, you may need a helping hand in the form of coaching classes to fast-track your SAT syllabus preparations and get good SAT scores.

The best SAT coaching classes will offer you certain facilities as given below:

  • The SAT coaching classes will provide you with dedicated study materials for the examination. The books and materials must cover in-depth all the important areas of the SAT exam syllabus.

  • The teacher or mentor must point out the areas of strength and weakness so that you can give extra focus to them. They must also provide a personalized study plan.

  • The SAT coaching classes will help you to maximise your potential to score the best possible marks on the SAT exam.

  • There will be a separate emphasis on each subject of SAT exam syllabus and detailed discussions on each topic.

  • The SAT coaching classes will help you to practice SAT mock test papers and SAT practice tests to go get a real feel of the examination.

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SAT Conducting Body

SAT is administered by the College Board, a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in New York. Founded in 1900, the Board was set up to expand access to higher education and help millions of students from different parts of the country to prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success every year. 

More than 6,000 nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, secondary schools and districts and higher education systems comprise the College Board. Each of the members has a similar mission to connect students to colleges and help them achieve their desired goals through higher education.  

FAQs on SAT 2022 Overview

Is SAT considered for postgraduate admissions also?

No, SAT is not considered for postgraduate admissions. Candidates should keep in mind that the SAT is only required for undergraduate admissions and can be taken by international students aspiring to study abroad in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, etc. The SAT is quite likely taken by students of high school or intermediate within the age group of 17-19.

Is the SAT more important than GPA?

The importance of SAT over GPA completely depends on the college or university the candidate is applying to. While some colleges or universities give more importance to higher GPAs, some universities require a higher SAT score. However, both should not be ignored when applying for college admissions.

What are the SAT Fees?

The SAT fees are USD 55 (INR 4,197.49). The SAT test fees include two main sections - Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Other SAT fees are charged as a result of late registration or if the candidates are admitted to an administration through the waitlist. Some international students might be eligible for a fee waiver. It is recommended to check the same with the university at the time of course application.

What are the different types of SATs?

There were two different types of SATs: SAT Subject test and General SAT. There used to be 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas - English, history, languages, mathematics, and science. However, the SAT Subject Tests have been scrapped. Now, only the General SAT test comprising Reading, Writing and Language and Maths section is conducted for admissions in undergraduate degree programmes.

What are the different components of SAT?

There are three different components of SAT - Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and Mathematics. The SAT subject tests have been scrapped along with the optional essay. The reading section comes with 52 multiple-choice questions, while the writing and language test comes with 44 multiple-choice questions. The maths section is a single test with two components - no-calculator and calculator-allowed sections.

How important are SAT scores?

SAT scores are extremely important because they give you entry to colleges across India and abroad. Apart from college admissions, SAT scores are also considered to offer scholarships. A good SAT score acts as a catalyst to back your abroad learning experience financially.

When was the SAT last changed?

The SAT was last changed in the year 2016. SAT has a habit of changing its pattern at least once in a decade. And that was when the SAT shifted from its 2400-point format to a 1600-point format. However, reports have suggested that the upcoming SAT makeover that is going to happen in 2024 is its most significant change so far.

When can I take the SAT 2022?

SAT 2022 is conducted multiple times a year. Candidates can check the availability of the test date at the time of registration in a particular city and take the test. However, there are anticipated dates of SAT 2022 - December 3, 2022, March 11, 2023, May 6, 2023, and June 3, 2023.

How many times can I attempt the SATs?

There is no upper limit to the number of times you can attempt the SATs, which means that there is no such restriction set by the CollegeBoard on the number of times an SAT can be attempted. However, most colleges tend to not consider students who have attempted the tests more than 3-4 times.

Are the SAT and PSAT the same?

Both the SAT and PSAT are similar but not identical. While the PSAT is an SAT practice test and the basis for the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), the SAT is a standardised test accepted by leading universities worldwide for admissions to undergraduate programmes.

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