SAT (Scholarstic Aptitude Test) Reasoning Test Details

New SAT Reasoning Test DetailWhat is SAT?

SAT (Scholarstic Aptitude Test) is a well-recognized test for university admission in USA. SAT Reasoning Test gives you an opportunities to show the universities what you know and how best to apply the knowledge. SAT Reasoning Tests, measure your ability of reading, writing and mathematics skills that are needed for academic success in college.

SAT Reasoning Test is owned and organized by the College Board, and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Most universities in USA use the SAT Test scores to make admission decisions.


What is the SAT Average Score?

Most of the colleges and universities in USA accept an average score for school admission. SAT Test consists of three major sections. The score of the each section is on the scale of 200 – 800. All scores are multiples of 10 and the total scores are cumulated by summing up the scores of the three sections.

A SAT score of 2,100 and above gives you better opportunities of getting admission in USA colleges. The most preferable SAT score is 2,400 points. The minimum preferable score is on the scale of 1,600 mark.


What is the Cost of Registering SAT Reasoning Test?

For interested candidates in USA Reasoning Test Registration fee is $54.50 + International Processing fee of $38 for international candidates.

Other costs are:

  • First Basic Subject Test: $26 Registration fee + International Processing fee of $38.
  • Each Additional Basic Subject Test: $18 per test.
  • Language with Listening Test: $26 per test.
  • Waitlist fee: An additional $46 fee is incurred; charged only if you are admitted to the test centre on test day.
  • SAS (Student Answer Service; including the difficulty level of each question and whether it was answered correctly, incorrectly or omitted) is $13.50.
  • QAS (Question and Answer Service; including a copy of the verbal and maths sections, a record of your answers and the correct answers) is $18.00.
  • Additional Score Report: It costs $11.25 for each score report sent after the test.

Candidates wishing to take the test may register online at the College Board’s website, by mail, or by telephone, at least three weeks before the test date.


SAT Reasoning Test Structure

The SAT Reasoning Test comprised of three major sections; Critical Reading, General Mathematics and Writing. The SAT Test lasted for three hours and forty – five minutes. (3 hours & 45 minutes). Each major section is divided into three parts.


  • SAT Critical Reading

The SAT Critical Reading section comprise reading of passages and sentence completions (Grammar, usage and dictation). It made up of three scored section;

  • One 20 – minute sections
  • Two 25 – minute sections

SAT Critical Reading section always start with 5 to 8 sentence completion question. This section test the students’ vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure by asking the test taker to choose one or two words that best complete a given sentence.


  • SAT General Mathematics

The SAT General Mathematics section is also known as the calculation section or quantitative section which comprises Geometry, Statistics, Probability, Number & Operations, Algebra & Functions and Data Analysis. This sections consists of three scored sections:

There are two 25 – minutes sections which first of the 25 – minutes section is mainly on multiple choice and while the second 25 – minute sections contains 8 multiple choice question and 10 grid-in questions.

And one 20 – minute section which consist of 16 question and it is all multiple choice question.


Calculations, such as QWERTY keyboards, portable computers, cell phone calculator and personal organizers are not permitted during SAT General Mathematics Section. While graphing, Four – function, Scientific and Computer Algebra System. (CAS) calculators are only permitted on the SAT General Mathematics Section.


  • SAT Writing Section

The SAT Writing section consists of vocabulary, critical reading and sentence level reading of a brief essay and multiple choice question which includes;

  • Error – Identification Questions: this aspect of SAT Writing Section test the students’ knowledge of grammar in grammatically incorrect section where the student we need to indicate the word producing the source of the error in the sentence.
  • Sentence – Improvement Question: this aspect of SAT Writing Section asked the student to select an acceptable fix to the awkward sentence.
  • Paragraph – Improvement Question: this aspect of SAT writing section usually measure the student’s understanding of logical organization of ideas, presenting a poorly written student essay and asking a series of question as to what changes might be made to best improve it.


SAT Reasoning Testing Dates

The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States; in October, November, December, January, March (or April, alternating), May, and June. The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May, and June administrations. In other countries, the SAT is offered on the same dates as in the United States except for the first spring test date (i.e., March or April), which is not offered.



After you take your SAT exam, your scores will be available to view online within 17-20 days depending on the test date (up to six weeks for the score results in paper form).


For more information on testing sites, dates and registration, please visit the College Board website or contact the College Board (+1 212 713 7789 or +1 212 520 8570).


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