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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
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 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

August 28, 2021

October 2, 2021

December 4, 2021

March 12, 2022

May 7, 2022

Registration Deadline

August 17, 2021

September 21, 2021

November 23, 2021

March 1, 2022

April 26, 2022