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SAT Exam Overview

An Overview of the SAT Exam

What is the SAT?

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a standardized test widely used in admissions to U.S universities.

 

The SAT comprises four compulsory sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator) and Math with calculator. These four sections are scored out of a total of 1600. The optional SAT Essay is no longer offered after June 2021.

What is on the SAT?

SECTIONNo. of QuestionsTotal Time (min)
Evidence-based Reading & Writing96
100
Reading Sub-test5265
Writing and Language Sub-test4435
Math58
80
"No-Calculator" Sub-test2025
"Calculator" Sub-test3855

Who needs the SAT?

U.S. Universities

All first-year applicants

Most Transfer applicants

NUS Medicine & NUS Dentistry

Applicants with IB Diplomas

NUS Law

Applicants with a C grade or lower for:

H1 General Paper; or

H2 Knowledge & Inquiry

SMU & UniSIM

Applicants without any of the following:

A-Level / IB

NUS High Diploma

Polytechnic Diploma

When should I take the SAT?

We recommend that students start preparing for the SAT at least 3 months prior to the exam.
More information on how to register for the SAT can be found here.

Next SAT Date

March 13, 2021

May 8, 2021

Registration Deadline

February 12, 2021

April 8, 2021