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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 SAT Essay is optional though some top universities consider it essential in your application. SAT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores.

What is on the SAT?

SECTIONNo. of QuestionsTotal Time (min)
Evidence-based Reading & Writing96
Reading Sub-test5265
Writing and Language Sub-test4435
"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


Applicants with a C grade or lower for:

H1 General Paper; or

H2 Knowledge & Inquiry


Applicants without any of the following:

A-Level / IB

NUS High Diploma

Polytechnic Diplom

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

October 5, 2019

December 7, 2019

March 14, 2020

May 2, 2020

Registration Deadline

September 6, 2019

November 8, 2019

February 14, 2020

April 3, 2020