Fabricated by The College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities not just in the United States, but also by many colleges in Canada, Singapore, UK etc. to make admissions decisions for undergraduate courses.. While making the admission decision these colleges and universities take into consideration the following factors viz:

  • High school GPA
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interviews and Personal Essays

While the SAT scores vary from school to school – it cannot be emphasized enough that the SAT is of considerable significance for international aspirants. The SAT is offered every year in October, November, December, January, May and June in India. The test fee is $91 and students need a valid passport as a proof of identity to take the test.

SAT preparation is an important task since you need excellent SAT scores to get admission to elite colleges in the US. SAT scores are also used to grant scholarships and financial aids, which are often sought by students from India. A methodical preparation for SAT courses through recognized SAT training courses and SAT test preparation programs ensure that your vision of studying abroad is just about to be a reality.


Why should I take the SAT Test?

Used with GPAs and high school transcripts, SAT scores allow colleges to fairly distinguish applicants. Also, taking the SAT opens the flood gates for scholarship opportunities for students.

When is it offered?

The SAT is conducted 7 times a year in the US and 6 times a year in India. In India, SAT is offered in January, May, June, October, November and December. In case you are not sure when to take the SAT, feel free to contact us.

How long is it?

The Length of the SAT exam is 3 hours, 45 minutes

What is the structure of the test?

SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The duration of the entire test is 3 hours and 45 minutes, and consists of 10 separately timed sections:

Math - Three sub sections that include questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability

Writing – Three sub sections include a short essay, and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors, and improving grammar and usage in sentences and short paragraphs.

Critical Reading – Three sub sections that include questions based on short and long reading passages and sentence completions.

One variable (unscored) section tests take either Critical reading, Math, or Writing. Students will not be informed about which section is unscored one. The purpose of the unscored section is to accumulate relevant data, and test questions for future test administrations.

What is the scoring pattern for the SAT

  • The total score is 2400 with 800 points for each of the three section i.e. Critical reading, Math and Writing.
  • The Essay is scored on a scale of 0 – 12, and counts for approximately 30% of the overall Writing Score.
  • All questions are worth the same point – 1 point
  • Each incorrect answer carries a negative marking of -.25 points
  • There is no negative marking for leaving a question unanswered.

Is there a negative marking on the SAT

Yes, each incorrect answer carries a negative marking of -.25 points. There is no negative marking for leaving a question unanswered.

How many times can I take the SAT? Are my scores reported?

You can take the SAT n number of times you want. Most universities will combine the best writing, reading and math scores of all your attempts to calculate your performance on the SAT. This is valid though only if you report your scores from more than one attempt!
You can choose which attempt’s scores to report with new Score Choice option!

What is the unscored section?

This section does not taker into consideration your final score, but is used as a research based section to try out new questions for forth-coming SAT Tests, and to guarantee that scores on new SAT editions are equivalent to earlier scores of the test. The unscored section is a 25 minute section and can be either critical reading, writing or math.

What is the test order?

The SAT commences with the 25-minute essay, and terminates with the 10-minute multiple-choice .The remaining six 25 and 20 minute sections can appear in any fashion. It is likely that examinees sitting next to each other in the same exam may be answering test books with altogether different sections.

What is an ideal score?

The total score on the SAT is 2400. There is no ideal score, since getting into a college does not depend merely on SAT score other measures are taken into consideration as well viz: GPA and other components of the application package such as extra-curricular activities and recommendations are also vital.
However, in order to get into elite universities you do need a competitive score and most universities put up their average and minimum SAT scores on their website at the commencement of an application cycle. Please remember that you will need to check the university’s website to check the minimum SAT score for that academic year. Most universities consider a score of 1800 to be competitive.

How long is my test score valid?

Your SAT score is valid for 5 years.

Can I cancel my scores?

Yes. If you finish the test and think you want to cancel your scores, you should ask the test supervisor for a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center, or you can think about it for a day or two before mailing it to ETS. However, ETS must receive your request form no later than the Wednesday after the test.

Can I use calculator during the test?

Yes. Calculator use is allowed, but not required.

Do I have the option to take another test?

ACT or American College Test is a college-entrance achievement test that was initiated in 1959 as a substitute to the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT. Both ACT and SAT are standardized tests taken to judge your aptitude. To decide which test you want to appear, you need to know the basic differences among the two.

What’s the difference between the SAT and ACT?



No science section

Has a science reasoning section

No trigonometry  tested

Trigonometry is included in Math section

Vocabulary very  important

Vocabulary less important

Some non-multiple choice questions

All multiple choice questions

Score deducted for guessing

No guessing penalty

Math comprises 50% of score

Math comprises 25% of score

Question move from easy to hard

Easy and tough questions mixed throughout the sections

SAT scoring assessment

ACT scoring assessment

200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. 2400 is the  highest SAT score possible, and 600 is the lowest

1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score. 36 is the highest possible composite score.

SAT Preparation

Rising Careers is World’s no. 1 SAT Preparation Organization and provides the best SAT preparation to each students. Students have access to the course, tests, curriculum and information which is available on the website.

Rising Careers is a pioneer and undisputed leader in the domain of study abroad educational services in India.

A variety of courses are accessible for students to choose from. Students have access to SAT II classes, ACT and AP classes and Premium Admissions Counseling services for their Undergraduate applications.

Why join Rising Careers for SAT Preparation?

Get access to the most updated curriculum material for SAT that is the outcome of the meticulous research of our R&D team based in India. Our Manual gives you questions based on the most recent question patterns, trends and changes are tracked, along with the strategies that you need to master the SAT! Our professional teachers know both the strategies needed for the SAT and the unique requirements of students to crack the SAT.

Concepts and Content - Our manual not only emphasizes on the key contents that you need to master - for example various aspects of grammar or various concepts in math, but also trains students to be intelligent test-takers.

Practice and Review - Effective SAT test preparation is not just about coming to a class – you need to review your performance on tests that you take. Our detailed score reports will help you to understand your strengths, and areas that you need to work on. Our teachers will give you feedback after each test to help you strategize for subsequent tests.

Need more? - If you still yearn for more practice then feel free to use our library where we have carefully selected the right SAT practice material for you. Our teachers are also willing to go the extra mile and give you extra help to polish your prep even further.

Our Commitment: For us the most vital aspect is to see you satisfied with your preparation and help you achieve the scores that you are aiming for. Your teachers will be firm about your commitment to your course and score, and will not encourage sloppiness in work. Even before you commence the course, you need to take a diagnostic test so that the teachers know where you stand in terms of performance, and can advise you on your approach for the next test. Ensure that you take full toll of this opportunity.

Score Improvement Guarantee: We are cent percent sure that our techniques work and work well on the SAT that we guarantee a 200 point improvement from the first diagnostic test to the actual SAT. If you don’t get this improvement, we promise to work with you free of course within a period of one year, provided you have attended all classes as per schedule, done all homework, taken practice tests when specified and taken the actual SAT on the date closest to your course completion. This is the Unique Satisfaction Guarantee we give students who attend courses in a batch.

Our Success Stories: The SAT test preparation programs at Rising Careers flaunts of the best average score improvement in SAT. Many students scored in top percentile of 2000+.

SAT Register for the SAT Test

How do I register to take the SAT?

Registration deadlines fall approximately 5 weeks before each test date. Please ensure that you book well within the deadlines. The fee for attempting the test is $91. If you change your SAT date, an additional $27.50 is charged. The SAT is conducted 6 times in India – 3rd Saturday of January and the 1st Saturdays of May, June, October, November and December. The 7th test is conducted only in Woodstock school in March and can be taken by only Woodstock school students.

Requirements to take SAT Test

Passport & Printed Admission Ticket have to be taken along on TEST DAY as they would be checked.

If you cannot manage the passport, inform collegeboard immediately and get a school ID form made. This form must inculcate an identifiable photo, and the school seal must overlap the photo.

Sign the ID form in the presence of your counselor or principal. You will be asked to sign the ID form again at the test center. This form is valid for an year only.

When do the SAT Scores come out?

The SAT II results are out within 20 days of taking the test. They are available on the Collegeboard’s website and you can get them in your email or get a hard copy delivered to you.

SAT Test Preparation

Personalize your practice

Take a preliminary test to evaluate where you stand. You will know the areas that you need to work upon. Try to follow a personalized curriculum based on your strengths and areas for improvements.

Get known with the Questions

Unless you know the type of questions that appear on SAT, you cannot possibly practice. Get familiar with the question types by picking up a relevant and reliable work book.

Practice a little each day

Don’t get worn out. However, don’t put off either. The best way to prep is practice every day. Remember it is important to practice on relevant matter which in due course of time will help you get comfortable with all kinds of questions.

Take simulated tests

A standardized test is more a test of survival than merely content. Make sure you time yourself to get a better feel of what the actual testing experience will be like. Schedule in section stops and intervals just like on test day. You should take 3 to 4 simulated tests with adequate sectional practice in between.

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