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Know your SAT

The SAT in India is targeted towards Class XI/XII students and XIIth passouts who are looking at pursuing undergraduate courses in the U.S.

Questions on SAT are not asked to recall details of History or Geography but will ask something different. Instead of asking you to show what you have memorised, the questions invite you to exercise your thinking skills. SAT requires you to learn the process of learning information and blending it with previously learned information to become a skilled thinker.

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When can I take the SAT?

The SAT is conducted 6 times a year for international students. In India, it is conducted in January, May, June, October, November and December. Most students typically take the SAT in class XI because in class XII there is an additional pressure of the Board Exams on them. Moreover, students usually take about 6 – 10 months to complete the entire process of admission to a school in the U.S. Keeping these things in mind, the SAT prep program has to be tailored to suit the needs of students at different stages of their academic year. A fast-track program in April with 5-6 sessions a week would cater to a student who has recently completed his class XII board exams and is targeting the SAT that is conducted in May. Many students in class XI take the summer vacations as an opportunity to prepare for the SAT. So a batch may be planned accordingly, which enables the students to take the SAT in June; conducting 4-5 sessions a week would be ideal for such students. For students in class XI, who are targeting to take the SAT in October or November, a weekend batch starting in June-July would be ideal. For students targeting November, December, and January SAT a two-month program with 2-3 sessions a week should suffice.

SAT Exam Pattern

The SAT has four tests with the Essay being optional. The three tests that everyone will take are

  • Reading Test
  • Writing and Language Test
  • Math Test

The following is the SAT exam syllabus 2022 for General Test:

SAT Maths Syllabus It includes questions on problem-solving, data analysis, algebra, and advanced math 58 80 minutes
SAT Reading Syllabus It includes questions based on sentence completion, tests understanding of passage from the US and World Literature, History, Social Studies and Sciences 52 questions 65 minutes
Writing and Language It includes questions based on the expression of ideas and standard English conventions. 44 questions 35 minutes
Essay (Optional) Candidates need to work on an argument and write an essay as a response 1 50 minutes
Total Questions 154 3 hours

How is the SAT Scored?

When you take the SAT, you don’t get just one score. The SAT reports a total score, but there are also section scores, test scores, cross test scores and subscores. There in no penalty in marking a wrong answer. You earn points on the SAT by answering questions correctly.

SAT Total Score and Section scores

The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. This score is the sum of the scores on the Evidence based Reading and Writing section and the Maths section.

Essay Scores


The scores for the optional SAT Essay are reported separately and aren’t factored into any other scores. The Essay yields three scores, one on each dimensions: Reading, Analysis and Writing.

SAT Exam Syllabus 2022

SAT exam syllabus for Indian students mainly focuses on Math, reading, writing, and language. The SAT Math syllabus tests students based on algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. SAT syllabus 2022 of the writing section asks candidates to identify an error and rectify them. The SAT exam portion of reading tests the understanding ability of the candidate.

SAT Maths Syllabus

SAT Maths is offered in two types - with a calculator and without a calculator. SAT maths syllabus comprises 80% MCQs and 20% grid-in questions. SAT maths with a calculator has 30 MCQs and 8 grid-ins questions. SAT maths with no calculator consists of 15 MCQs and 5 grid-in questions. Candidates are required to write the answers in the bubble sheets provided. SAT Math syllabus PDF provides information about the formulas and references given at the beginning of the exam. SAT syllabus engineering asks candidates to focus on Math without a calculator.

The following is the SAT exam syllabus of Math:


  • Graphical representation of the linear function
  • Linear equations with rational coefficients
  • Linear inequalities in two variables and their systems
  • System of linear equations (with no solution, infinite or finite solutions)

Data Analysis & Problem Solving

  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Unit conversion
  • Equation of line or curve using a scatter plot
  • Two-way tables to calculate conditional frequencies and conditional probabilities
  • 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

Advanced Math

  • Quadratic equations with rational coefficients
  • Determining the form of an expression
  • Polynomial equations (subtraction, multiplication, addition and division)
  • Zeros and factors of polynomials
  • Non-linear relationship between two variables
  • Function notation
  • Isolation of a variable by rearrangement of formula or equation.

SAT Syllabus for Writing and Language

The SAT Syllabus for writing and language focuses on testing the candidate’s reading and writing skills. The topics are focused on general topics that don’t test prior knowledge of the candidates. SAT general test syllabus of writing and language may also contain graphs and charts for assessing the essential skills of the candidate. The topics are of the following kind:

  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Careers
  • History & Arts
  • Social Sciences

SAT syllabus of writing and language asks questions based on sentence structure, verb tense, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, grammar usage, strengthening/weakening the argument, and more.

Question Types in SAT Writing

In SAT writing syllabus there exist certain types of questions that contain passages. The writing section of the SAT exam syllabus includes:

  • Sentence structure, verb tense, punctuation, parallel construction, grammar usage, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Strengthen/weaken the argument
  • Word choice for style, text, or tone
  • Structural changes to improve readability

SAT Syllabus for Reading

SAT Evidence based reading syllabus consists of 5 passages from different sources. Two passages are scientific, one is based on classic or contemporary texts of the US or world literature. The other passages of SAT syllabus India of reading include economics, psychology, sociology, and others.

Question Types in SAT Reading

The following are the types of questions in SAT syllabus of reading:

  • The function of a phrase in the passage
  • Author’s viewpoint, attitude, style, and tone
  • Analyze infographic data like graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, etc.
  • Study central theme or main idea of the passage
  • Evidence or argument supporting author’s statement

SAT Exam Scholarships

Did you know that College Board in partnership with Buddy4Study (https://www.buddy4study.com/collegeboard) provides a scholarship to pay the SAT fee for students who come from a financially disadvantaged background?


Also,to get a 90% scholarship on the SAT Fee, the student must come from a family with annual income of less than Rs. 8 lakhs and to get a 50% scholarship on the SAT Fee, the student must come from a family with annual income between Rs. 8 lakhs and Rs. 15 lakhs.

Colleges in India that accept SAT Scores

For students who want to join premier colleges in India, following are the list of the universities which accept the SAT scores for admissions to various programs. Did you know that some of these colleges offer upto 100% Tuition fee scholarships? The following universities are partners with the College Board:

  • Ashoka University
  • Azim Premji University
  • FLAME University
  • Jagdish Sheth School of Management
  • KREA University
  • Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies
  • Plaksha University
  • Shiv Nadar University
  • Sri Sri University
  • Srishti School of Art Design and Technology
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology
  • SRM University, AP - Amaravati
  • SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
  • Symbiosis Skills and Professional University
  • World University of Design

  • UPCOMING SAT Exam Dates

    SAT Test Date Registration Deadline
    March 11, 2023 (Digital) February 24, 2023
    May 6, 2023 (Digital) April 21, 2023
    June 3, 2023 (Digital) May 19, 2023

    How to prepare for the SAT Exam?

    Gradeway Prep offers customized solutions to prepare for the SAT Exam including self paced 1 to 1 coaching and Group study sessions. For the one to one session, we provide a detailed customized study plan based on the requirements of the student.


    SAT Exam Application Fees:



    SAT with Essay


    Late registration


    Change in Registration


    Registration Fee


    Each SAT Subject Test (Except Language Tests with Listening)

    $22 additional per test

    Language Tests with Listening (Only available in November)

    $26 additional per test


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