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SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission to undergraduate schools. The full form of SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test, which was earlier known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. Applicants aspire to pursue undergraduate courses, particularly in the US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages. READ: When Should You Start Studying for SAT?

For all the students seeking admission to undergraduate or Bachelors's courses in the US or Canada, SAT is an important exam as most universities there require SAT scores to assess your profile. SAT exam evaluates your written, verbal and mathematical skills. Recently in 2016, New SAT format was introduced. Read: Essential SAT Tips and Strategies

Types of SAT

SAT exam is of two types: SAT – The SAT exam tests the knowledge of reading, writing, and math — subjects which are taught every day in high schools. It is a 3 hour 45 minutes long test. Most students start preparing for the SAT during their class 11 and take the exam during their class 12. SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning; it tests the skills students learn at school, which are important and will stay with the student for a lifetime.

Subject Test – Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where they excel. These tests are in the following areas:  English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Languages. Some colleges might ask students to take subject tests or might not. Students should research properly to determine whether the colleges they are applying to require subject tests as part of the application.

SAT Eligibility

There are no particular eligibility criteria for SAT. You need to be an enrolled high school student, with the intent of applying to foreign undergraduate universities.

The College Board has laid down distinguished exam/ paper patterns for SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests. Students wanting to pursue undergraduate studies in colleges/universities abroad are required to appear for the SAT exam to qualify for the same. Aspirants wanting to appear for their SAT Reasoning Test or their SAT Subject Test need to carefully keep in mind the latest SAT paper pattern to be able to score well in the examinations.

The conducting body of the SAT exam, the College Board has set distinct SAT 2020 exam patterns for both the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test. Both the tests evaluate the candidate's knowledge and varied skill set. The SAT exam does not have any negative marking and while the SAT Reasoning Test is scored on a total of 1600 points the SAT Subject Test is scored on a total of 800 points.

SAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the SAT exam includes two sets of exams. The first is the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Test. The SAT Reasoning Test is the exam that is opted for students looking to pursue higher education in countries abroad. This is one of the most sought after competitive exams, the scores of which are vastly recognized in the universities/ colleges abroad. The second SAT test is the SAT Subject Test, which is opted by students who are looking to study a particular subject in great detail. Candidates wanting to appear for SAT can opt for either of the SAT exams. The SAT exam pattern/ syllabus is different for both the exams.

SAT Reasoning Test Exam Pattern
The SAT Reasoning Test is mostly objective in nature and for a total of 3hrs and 50mins including the optional essay section. The essay in SAT is optional in nature and if candidates decide against sitting for it, the entire SAT Test duration is of 3 hrs. Candidates would have to attempt a total of 155 questions including the essay.  The following is the latest SAT Exam/Test Pattern for students looking to appear for their next SAT Reasoning Test for higher education to universities/ colleges abroad.

Subjects for SAT Reasoning TestNumber of QuestionsTotal Duration (mins)
Writing & Language4435
Essay (optional)0150