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About the SAT

Understand the SAT test

Learn More About the SAT

What is the SAT?

Breaking Down the Test

There are four compulsory sections to complete in the SAT Test: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator) and Math with calculator. These four sections are scored out of a total of 1600. The essay is optional though some top universities consider it essential in your application. SAT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores.

SAT Reading
(Multiple Choice Questions)

(65 minutes)
(52 questions)
Skills Required
• Reading passages
• Interpreting informational graphics

Passages
• Classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
• U.S. founding document or an inspired text in the Great Global Conversation
• Economics, Psychology, Sociology, or other social sciences.
• Foundational concepts and developments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Question Types
• Command of Evidence
• Words in Context
• Analysis of History/Social Studies and Science
SAT Writing
(Multiple Choice Questions)

(35 minutes)
(44 questions)
Skills Required
• Identify errors
• Improve passages
• Interpret Graphics

Passages
• Arguments, Non-fiction narratives related to History, Humanities, and Sciences.

Question Types
• Command of Evidence
• Words in Context
• Analysis of History/Social Studies and Science
• Expression of Ideas
• Standard English Conventions
SAT Math
(Multiple Choice Questions)
(Grid-in Questions)

No Calculator
(25 minutes)
(20 questions)

With Calculator
(55 minutes)
(38 questions)
Skills Required
• Mathematical Reasoning
• Application of Problem-Solving

Focus
• Heart of Algebra
• Problem-Solving and Data Analysis
• Passport to Advanced Math

Question Types
• Mathematical Fluency
• Conceptual Understanding
• Mathematical Applications
• Calculator Use
SAT Essay
(Essay Question)

(50 minutes)
(1 question)
Skills Required
• Reading and Analysis
• Writing Skills

Focus
• Understanding of the Given Passage
• Effective Use of Textual Evidence
• Examining author’s use of persuasive techniques
• Supporting and developing claims with given evidence
• Organized and precise with appropriate style and tone

Learn the Difference Between These Two Tests

The SAT vs. the ACT

A common question we often hear is “What’s the difference between the SAT and ACT?” Both tests are accepted by most universities in the US. However, as they have slight differences, it is recommended that candidates should take the test which they would fare better in. Some students even choose to attempt both before submitting the test with the best score.

 

Should you be unable to decide which test might be more suitable for you, a good way to gauge your expertise is to attempt a full length practice test for both. IvyPrep offers free diagnostic tests for both the SAT and ACT. Upon completion of the tests, a detailed score report would be generated to assist with your decision in which test you should sit for.

 

Here are some key similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT:

 SATACT
ScoringSAT Reading and Writing (out of 800)
SAT Math section (out of 800)



Essay
(Optional - Scored separately - bonus 24)

Composite score of 400-1600
ACT English (out of 36)
ACT Reading (out of 36)
ACT Math (out of 36)
ACT Science (out of 36)

Essay
(Optional - scored separately - bonus 12)

Composite score (average of all 4 sections)
FormatPaper & PencilComputerized
DatesMarch
May
October
December
April
June
September
October
December
DurationReading 65 mins
Writing and Language 35 mins
Math (No calculator) 25 mins
Math (w calculator) 55 mins
English 45 mins
Mathematics 60 mins
Reading 35 mins
Science 35 mins
Seconds per QuestionReading (75)
Writing (45)
Math (75)
English (36)
Math (60)
Reading (52)
Science (52)
Math FormulasProvidedTo be memorised
Calculator AllowedIn one sub-testIn entire test
Science SectionNoYes
ReadingQuestions always in chronological
order and a number line is provided.
Evidence support questions here.
Being able to remember the locations
of details in reading passages gives you
a greater advantage on the ACT. No evidence
support questions.
Writing / EnglishMore focused on questions about
writing style, language precision and
vocabulary.
More focused on grammar, punctuation,
and sentence structure, big idea questions.
MathFocus on Algebra, along with other
topics such as Data Analysis and Modeling.
Wider range of Mathematical concepts—
such as logarithms, graphs of trigonometry
functions, and matrices.
Science- No Science Section -
Scientific data and passages present in
Reading and Writing sections.
Comfort with scientific terms and experience gathering
scientific data from charts and graphs will give you a
greater advantage on the ACT.
EssayRead a passage and explain how the author
uses certain strategies to build an argument
and persuade an audience.

For those who are good at critically analyzing texts.
Analyze three perspectives on an issue and present your own.

For those good at logic and debate.

All About the SAT Scoring System

The SAT Scoring

How is the SAT scored? 

The SAT score range is between 400 and 1600 for your total score, and 200-800 for each of your two subscores. One subscore is for Math, and one subscore is your combined Reading and Writing scores to make one “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing” score.

What makes a good SAT score?

It is difficult to quantify what a good SAT Score is. However, you should aim to score within the 90th percentile on average as admissions are highly competitive. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles. To get into the Ivy League or top-tier universities however, we recommend that you try to get a score of 1550 and above to get an edge over other university applicants.

SAT Composite ScorePercentile
160099+
151099
140095
133090
123080
117071

Section ScoresMath PercentileVerbal Percentile
80099+99+
7509799
7009495
6708991
6408485
6107877

Required SAT Scores at Top Colleges

Ivy League UniversitiesAverage SAT Scores
Yale University1550
Harvard College1520
Princeton University1520
Columbia University1520
University of Pennsylvania1510
Brown University1510
Dartmouth College1500
Cornell University1480

Top Private UniversitiesAverage SAT Scores
Duke University1540
University of Chicago1540
Vanderbilt University1530
Stanford University1520
Columbia University1520
Northwestern University1510
Carnegie Mellon University1500
Tufts University1490
New York University1450

Registering for the SAT

Registration Information

How to Register for the SAT

  1. Sign in to your free College Board account or register for a new account.
  2. Provide your full name and other identifying information. Ensure that this information is exactly the same as seen on your photo ID.
  3. Choose to register for the SAT with or without the Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
  4. Upload a photo ID that meets CollegeBoard’s specific photo requirements.
  5. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.

Late Registration Protocol

 

If you missed the regular SAT registration deadline, you can still register during the late registration period. Here’s what you need to know about SAT late registration.

 

  • The late registration period typically extends for about two weeks following the regular registration deadline. For specific late registration deadlines, visit our SAT Test Dates page.
  • You will have to pay a late registration fee of US$29 (on top of the regular registration fee).
  • The late registration process is the same as the regular registration process. See our instructions on how to register for the SAT exam above.

Further Details about the SAT Test Registration

Exam Dates

Exam DateRegister ByLate Registration
October 6 2018September 7 2018September 26 2018
December 1 2018November 2 2018November 20 2018
March 9 2019February 10 2019February 27 2019
May 4 2019April 5 2019April 24 2019

*While the deadline to register for the SAT is stated as being a month before the actual test, we strongly recommend that you sign up for the test as soon as you know you are going to take it. This is because the spots usually run out even before the deadline. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance. Click here to create an account on the CollegeBoard website.

International Test Fees

TestFees
SATUS$47.50 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee (US$53)
SAT with EssayUS$64.50 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee (US$53)

*For further information about additional costs and fees, please click here.

Test Locations in Singapore

Anderson Junior College
4500 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 569843
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
25 Dover Close East, Singapore 139745
Furen International School
345 Old Nelson Road, Singapore 758692
Hillside World Academy
11 Hillside Drive, Singapore 548926
Hwa Chong Institution College
661 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269734
Hwa Chong International School
663 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269783
NPS International School
10 Chai Chee Lane, Singapore 469021
Stamford American International School
1 Woodleigh Lane, Singapore 357684

*For find a test center near you, please click here.

Take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding the SAT.

FAQs

FAQs about the SAT Exam

What is the SAT?
The SAT is a standardized test published by College Board. This test is most commonly used for college admissions in the United States. To find out more about the SAT, click here.
What is tested on the SAT?
The SAT Reasoning test quizzes your knowledge of Verbal and Mathematical Reasoning. For more information regarding the format of the SAT, click here.
What is a good score?
Admissions are competitive, hence you should aim for a high percentile rank. The percentile rank indicates the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Each year, every test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles. “Good” is therefore subjective, and the definition of a “good score” depends on your objective. Most schools publish average scores of the admitted class. If you are from an over-represented group (e.g. Indian Male Engineer), or if you reside in a region known for higher scores (e.g. Singapore), then you should aim to score commensurately higher than these averages for your target schools. For more information regarding the scoring of the SAT, click here
How do I register for the SAT?
For step-by-step instructions on how to register for the exam, click here
When and where can I take the SAT?
For more information regarding the dates and locations for SAT seatings, click here
How much does the SAT cost?
The test fee is US$110 with the essay, and US$98 without. For any SAT II Subject Tests, the registration fee is US$79 plus US$20 per subject.
For more information regarding the SAT fees, click here
What accommodations does the SAT provide for those with disabilities?
Should you have a disability that will hinder you from taking the SAT under standard conditions, you may request for accommodations. A decision regarding your accommodation request may take up to seven weeks. You must apply for and receive an accommodation decision before scheduling your test date. For more information, click here.

FAQs about SAT Preparation

How can I prepare for the test?
There are various resources available to help you prepare for the test. For more resources to assist with studying for the test, click here
How long does it take me to prepare for the SAT?
The duration of your preparation necessary is dependent on multiple factors:
• Your target SAT score
• Your initial SAT score
• Number of hours you can devote to preparation every week
• Speed at which you internalize the concepts and apply the necessary approaches. For some advice on how you can study for the test, click here.
What are the course fees for SAT preparation with IvyPrep?
Our course fees depend on the program you sign up for.
Click on the following links to view the different courses and their fees:
SAT Masterclass
SAT Private Tutoring
How much self-study do I have to do?
In order for you to get a 1500+ score, you will need to work smart. There will be work for you to do at home (post-class homework/assignments) with the specific purpose of getting you used to the concepts and techniques we cover. You should also take the initiative to clarify any doubts with the tutors and schedule practice tests so that you can continually track your improvement and learning.

The SAT

Learn More About the SAT

What is the SAT?

Breaking Down the Test

There are four compulsory sections to complete in the SAT Test: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator) and Math with calculator. These four sections are scored out of a total of 1600. The essay is optional though some top universities consider it essential in your application. SAT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores.

SAT Reading
(Multiple Choice Questions)

(65 minutes)
(52 questions)
Skills Required
• Reading passages
• Interpreting informational graphics

Passages
• Classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
• U.S. founding document or an inspired text in the Great Global Conversation
• Economics, Psychology, Sociology, or other social sciences.
• Foundational concepts and developments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Question Types
• Command of Evidence
• Words in Context
• Analysis of History/Social Studies and Science
SAT Writing
(Multiple Choice Questions)

(35 minutes)
(44 questions)
Skills Required
• Identify errors
• Improve passages
• Interpret Graphics

Passages
• Arguments, Non-fiction narratives related to History, Humanities, and Sciences.

Question Types
• Command of Evidence
• Words in Context
• Analysis of History/Social Studies and Science
• Expression of Ideas
• Standard English Conventions
SAT Math
(Multiple Choice Questions)
(Grid-in Questions)

No Calculator
(25 minutes)
(20 questions)

With Calculator
(55 minutes)
(38 questions)
Skills Required
• Mathematical Reasoning
• Application of Problem-Solving

Focus
• Heart of Algebra
• Problem-Solving and Data Analysis
• Passport to Advanced Math

Question Types
• Mathematical Fluency
• Conceptual Understanding
• Mathematical Applications
• Calculator Use
SAT Essay
(Essay Question)

(50 minutes)
(1 question)
Skills Required
• Reading and Analysis
• Writing Skills

Focus
• Understanding of the Given Passage
• Effective Use of Textual Evidence
• Examining author’s use of persuasive techniques
• Supporting and developing claims with given evidence
• Organized and precise with appropriate style and tone

SAT vs. ACT

Learn the Difference Between These Two Tests

The SAT vs. the ACT

A common question we often hear is “What’s the difference between the SAT and ACT?” Both tests are accepted by most universities in the US. However, as they have slight differences, it is recommended that candidates should take the test which they would fare better in. Some students even choose to attempt both before submitting the test with the best score.

 

Should you be unable to decide which test might be more suitable for you, a good way to gauge your expertise is to attempt a full length practice test for both. IvyPrep offers free diagnostic tests for both the SAT and ACT. Upon completion of the tests, a detailed score report would be generated to assist with your decision in which test you should sit for.

 

Here are some key similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT:

 SATACT
ScoringSAT Reading and Writing (out of 800)
SAT Math section (out of 800)



Essay
(Optional - Scored separately - bonus 24)

Composite score of 400-1600
ACT English (out of 36)
ACT Reading (out of 36)
ACT Math (out of 36)
ACT Science (out of 36)

Essay
(Optional - scored separately - bonus 12)

Composite score (average of all 4 sections)
FormatPaper & PencilComputerized
DatesMarch
May
October
December
April
June
September
October
December
DurationReading 65 mins
Writing and Language 35 mins
Math (No calculator) 25 mins
Math (w calculator) 55 mins
English 45 mins
Mathematics 60 mins
Reading 35 mins
Science 35 mins
Seconds per QuestionReading (75)
Writing (45)
Math (75)
English (36)
Math (60)
Reading (52)
Science (52)
Math FormulasProvidedTo be memorised
Calculator AllowedIn one sub-testIn entire test
Science SectionNoYes
ReadingQuestions always in chronological
order and a number line is provided.
Evidence support questions here.
Being able to remember the locations
of details in reading passages gives you
a greater advantage on the ACT. No evidence
support questions.
Writing / EnglishMore focused on questions about
writing style, language precision and
vocabulary.
More focused on grammar, punctuation,
and sentence structure, big idea questions.
MathFocus on Algebra, along with other
topics such as Data Analysis and Modeling.
Wider range of Mathematical concepts—
such as logarithms, graphs of trigonometry
functions, and matrices.
Science- No Science Section -
Scientific data and passages present in
Reading and Writing sections.
Comfort with scientific terms and experience gathering
scientific data from charts and graphs will give you a
greater advantage on the ACT.
EssayRead a passage and explain how the author
uses certain strategies to build an argument
and persuade an audience.

For those who are good at critically analyzing texts.
Analyze three perspectives on an issue and present your own.

For those good at logic and debate.

Scoring

All About the SAT Scoring System

The SAT Scoring

How is the SAT scored? 

The SAT score range is between 400 and 1600 for your total score, and 200-800 for each of your two subscores. One subscore is for Math, and one subscore is your combined Reading and Writing scores to make one “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing” score.

What makes a good SAT score?

It is difficult to quantify what a good SAT Score is. However, you should aim to score within the 90th percentile on average as admissions are highly competitive. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles. To get into the Ivy League or top-tier universities however, we recommend that you try to get a score of 1550 and above to get an edge over other university applicants.

SAT Composite ScorePercentile
160099+
151099
140095
133090
123080
117071

Section ScoresMath PercentileVerbal Percentile
80099+99+
7509799
7009495
6708991
6408485
6107877

Required SAT Scores at Top Colleges

Ivy League UniversitiesAverage SAT Scores
Yale University1550
Harvard College1520
Princeton University1520
Columbia University1520
University of Pennsylvania1510
Brown University1510
Dartmouth College1500
Cornell University1480

Top Private UniversitiesAverage SAT Scores
Duke University1540
University of Chicago1540
Vanderbilt University1530
Stanford University1520
Columbia University1520
Northwestern University1510
Carnegie Mellon University1500
Tufts University1490
New York University1450

Registration

Registering for the SAT

Registration Information

How to Register for the SAT

  1. Sign in to your free College Board account or register for a new account.
  2. Provide your full name and other identifying information. Ensure that this information is exactly the same as seen on your photo ID.
  3. Choose to register for the SAT with or without the Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
  4. Upload a photo ID that meets CollegeBoard’s specific photo requirements.
  5. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.

Late Registration Protocol

 

If you missed the regular SAT registration deadline, you can still register during the late registration period. Here’s what you need to know about SAT late registration.

 

  • The late registration period typically extends for about two weeks following the regular registration deadline. For specific late registration deadlines, visit our SAT Test Dates page.
  • You will have to pay a late registration fee of US$29 (on top of the regular registration fee).
  • The late registration process is the same as the regular registration process. See our instructions on how to register for the SAT exam above.
Info

Further Details about the SAT Test Registration

Exam Dates

Exam DateRegister ByLate Registration
October 6 2018September 7 2018September 26 2018
December 1 2018November 2 2018November 20 2018
March 9 2019February 10 2019February 27 2019
May 4 2019April 5 2019April 24 2019

*While the deadline to register for the SAT is stated as being a month before the actual test, we strongly recommend that you sign up for the test as soon as you know you are going to take it. This is because the spots usually run out even before the deadline. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance. Click here to create an account on the CollegeBoard website.

International Test Fees

TestFees
SATUS$47.50 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee (US$53)
SAT with EssayUS$64.50 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee (US$53)

*For further information about additional costs and fees, please click here.

Test Locations in Singapore

Anderson Junior College
4500 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 569843
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
25 Dover Close East, Singapore 139745
Furen International School
345 Old Nelson Road, Singapore 758692
Hillside World Academy
11 Hillside Drive, Singapore 548926
Hwa Chong Institution College
661 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269734
Hwa Chong International School
663 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269783
NPS International School
10 Chai Chee Lane, Singapore 469021
Stamford American International School
1 Woodleigh Lane, Singapore 357684

*For find a test center near you, please click here.

FAQs

Take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding the SAT.

FAQs

FAQs about the SAT Exam

What is the SAT?
The SAT is a standardized test published by College Board. This test is most commonly used for college admissions in the United States. To find out more about the SAT, click here.
What is tested on the SAT?
The SAT Reasoning test quizzes your knowledge of Verbal and Mathematical Reasoning. For more information regarding the format of the SAT, click here.
What is a good score?
Admissions are competitive, hence you should aim for a high percentile rank. The percentile rank indicates the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Each year, every test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles. “Good” is therefore subjective, and the definition of a “good score” depends on your objective. Most schools publish average scores of the admitted class. If you are from an over-represented group (e.g. Indian Male Engineer), or if you reside in a region known for higher scores (e.g. Singapore), then you should aim to score commensurately higher than these averages for your target schools. For more information regarding the scoring of the SAT, click here
How do I register for the SAT?
For step-by-step instructions on how to register for the exam, click here
When and where can I take the SAT?
For more information regarding the dates and locations for SAT seatings, click here
How much does the SAT cost?
The test fee is US$110 with the essay, and US$98 without. For any SAT II Subject Tests, the registration fee is US$79 plus US$20 per subject.
For more information regarding the SAT fees, click here
What accommodations does the SAT provide for those with disabilities?
Should you have a disability that will hinder you from taking the SAT under standard conditions, you may request for accommodations. A decision regarding your accommodation request may take up to seven weeks. You must apply for and receive an accommodation decision before scheduling your test date. For more information, click here.

FAQs about SAT Preparation

How can I prepare for the test?
There are various resources available to help you prepare for the test. For more resources to assist with studying for the test, click here
How long does it take me to prepare for the SAT?
The duration of your preparation necessary is dependent on multiple factors:
• Your target SAT score
• Your initial SAT score
• Number of hours you can devote to preparation every week
• Speed at which you internalize the concepts and apply the necessary approaches. For some advice on how you can study for the test, click here.
What are the course fees for SAT preparation with IvyPrep?
Our course fees depend on the program you sign up for.
Click on the following links to view the different courses and their fees:
SAT Masterclass
SAT Private Tutoring
How much self-study do I have to do?
In order for you to get a 1500+ score, you will need to work smart. There will be work for you to do at home (post-class homework/assignments) with the specific purpose of getting you used to the concepts and techniques we cover. You should also take the initiative to clarify any doubts with the tutors and schedule practice tests so that you can continually track your improvement and learning.