A comprehensive guide on SAT 2018

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is an assessment test that analyzes the writing, verbal, mathematical, and reasoning skills of the candidate. If you desire to study in the United States of America, you can consider appearing for SAT 2018. As of 2015-16, 165,918 students were studying in the USA. The trend is on a consistent rise despite speculations over the States policies regarding visa rules and work policies.

In this article, we focus on the overall aspects related to SAT 2018. We aim to furnish all the information that will be beneficial for you in preparing for the examination.

What is SAT?

Introduced in 1926, SAT is an assessment test administered by the College Board, USA. On behalf of the College Board, the Educational Testing Service conducts it. The test is a gateway to the majority of the undergraduate colleges in the USA and Canada.

The test assesses the knowledge of the candidates who have qualified the high school examinations. The test contains sections on reading, writing and language, mathematics, essay, and optional subjects.

SAT Pattern

The SAT can be divided into four sections – Reading, Writing and Language, Mathematics, and Essay. However, only two sections are considered for scoring purpose – Evidence-based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics. The total duration of the test is 230 minutes (180 minutes for the scoring section and 50 minutes for the essay.

Section Component Time Questions
Section 1 Reading 65 52
Writing and Language 35 44
Section 2 Mathematics 80 58 (No Calculator – 20 Questions, Calculator – 38 Questions)
Essay 50 1
Total 230 minutes 155 Questions

The two scoring sections are evaluated on a point scale of 200-800 points each. Thus, the total score will be awarded from 400-1600 points. The score will be in multiple of 10s and there is no provision for negative marking.

SAT Eligibility

  • No age limit prescribed for appearing in SAT
  • The applicant should possess an Indian passport
  • As the exam is for undergraduate courses, the applicant should be appearing or appeared in the Intermediate examinations

SAT Fees

  • SAT – $46 + non-US regional fee
  • SAT with Essay – $60 + non-US regional fee

For Indian applicants, the non-US regional fee is $49. If you wish to appear for subject tests as well, the additional registration fee will be $26, and for each subject test, $21 per test.

SAT Examination Dates

Till date, two SAT 2018 dates have been confirmed by the College Board:

Exam Dates Registration via Representative Deadline Registration Deadline Registration Changes Deadline
May 5, 2018 March 21, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 April 18, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018

How to apply for SAT?

  • Read the guidelines properly, including registration schedule, eligibility criteria, identity proof, exam fee, and so on
  • Create the student profile on the official website of College Board
  • Select your preferences pertaining to the test date and test center
  • You will be registered successfully, and you will get the registration confirmation as well
  • Deposit the exam fee via debit or credit card, online banking, etc
  • Alternately, you can also register by mail via local representative of SAT at USIEF, India


The complete guide on SAT 2018 should be read thoroughly to avoid any goofs during the registration process. Along with the registration, ensure that you focus on your exam preparation as well.