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WHAT IS THE SAT USED FOR?

The SAT is used primarily for:

  • Scholarship applications to undergraduate programs
  • Admissions to colleges and universities in the US, Canada and in other countries.

 

 TYPES OF THE TEST

There is the General Test and Subject Tests.

The General SAT is used for applications to undergraduate programs. However, if one is applying for programs that require a certain level of knowledge in the desired field of study, the Subject Test is required.

 

EXAM DATES

The test is taken in January, March, April, October, November and December in most African countries.

 

EXAM COMPONENTS

There are three main components:

  • The Evidence-based Reading and Writing Test
  • Math – Calculator and Math –No Calculator Test
  • Optional Essay

 

 SCORING

Scores are reported in a detailed format to reflect a number of skills and competences but generally, the math and reading & writing sections are scored on a scale of 400 – 800 given a maximum total of 1,600 while the essay is graded on a scale of 0-12.

 

EXAM DURATION

Evidence-Based Reading – 65 minutes (52 questions)

Writing & Language Test – 35 minutes (44 questions)

Math – No Calculator         – 25 minutes (20 questions)

Math – Calculator              –  55 minutes ( 38 questions)

 

SCORE REPORTING

College Board releases scores after about two weeks from the date of the exams.

More information: collegeboard.org