Prepping your Kid for International Universities 

About SAT

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College Students

 SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission to undergraduate schools. The full form of SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test, which was earlier known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.


SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. Applicants aspire to pursue undergraduate courses, particularly in the US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam.

If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences, and Foreign Languages.


Students looking to enroll in the undergraduate programs in reputed US and Canada appear for their SAT. Most of the colleges in the US require SAT for admission to the undergraduate courses. Apart from this, many schools also offer SAT scholarship money to students based on their SAT results. Recently almost all top-ranked universities across the globe have started considering SAT scores as a yardstick for student intellect and learning capabilities.

Types of SAT?

SAT-1, or more commonly referred to as the Scholastic Assessment Test is required to be taken by students seeking admission to undergraduate schools. SAT-1 is a general test that has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.


SAT 2, on the other hand, is a more subject-focused test. Students looking to get admission to a particular course are required to take the SAT Subject Test to demonstrate their knowledge of that particular subject. So, whenever, you are in a dilemma while thinking about SAT1 vs SAT2, then just see which SAT exam is apt for you

Need to know aspects of SAT:

SAT Eligibility

  • The College Board, which is the conducting body of the SAT has not laid down any specific SAT eligibility criteria for students wanting to appear for the SAT exam.

Age Limit to Appear for SAT

  • Candidates should be informed that there is no minimum or maximum age criteria fixed for students wanting to appear for the exam. General studies have shown that students belonging to the age group of 17 to 19 are among the highest to appear for SAT.

How many times can you take SAT exams?

  • As in the case of ACT, there are no restrictions set by the College Board, students can take the SAT exam as many times as they want.

3. What is the educational eligibility criteria for SAT?

  • There are no specific eligibility criteria set by the College Board, the body that conducts and manages the SAT exam. However, it can be taken by students who are in high school. Students who want to apply for undergraduate studies abroad are required to have successfully completed their high school education to move to the next level of their learning.

SAT highlights


SAT exam fees

Candidates looking to appear for their SAT are required to pay a fee for the same. Candidates can check out the detailed SAT Fee levied below.

  • The fee for only the SAT exam is $52 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. Non-U.S. Regional Fee for students giving SAT Test in India is $49, so the total SAT fee is $101

  • The fee for the SAT exam with Essay is $68 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee. So, the total fee for the SAT exam with Essay is $68 + $49 = $117

  • For subject tests, candidates have to pay an additional $26 as a basic subject test fee

  • For SAT subject tests, some additional fee might be required

SAT Scholarships

One of the biggest drawbacks of studying internationally is having to pay tuition fees in foreign currency clubbed with high living expenses. Due to such reasons, a lot of times, many sections of students are unable to go study in prominent universities and end up settling down for other alternatives.

However, with the availability of various scholarships and education loans students can finally make their dream come true. Scholarships are available on the official website of every college along with other fellowships and grants that are awarded to deserving students on a regular basis. 

SAT exam dates in India

Candidates are advised to register for their SAT exam before the SAT registration deadline to avoid any last-minute stress. The table below provides the test dates for the SAT General Test as well as SAT Subject Test.

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International English Language Testing System

IELTS is an international uniform test of English language expertise for non-native English language speakers. It assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and in your new life abroad. IELTS is accepted by most academic institutions across the world.


IELTS Academic

Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English speaking countries is based on the results of the Academic test.

IELTS Format

IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other IELTS tests.


Includes texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical

These texts are suitable for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration.


Task 1 – Explain the information presented in a graph, table, chart or diagram in your own words

Task 2 – Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.


You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once.

Section 1 – A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Section 2 – A monologue set in an everyday social context e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Section 3 – A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

Section 4 – A monologue on an academic subject e.g. a university lecture.



Part 1 – General Questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. (4 – 5 minutes)

Part 2 – Talking about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test. (4 – 5 minutes)

Part 3 – Answer further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. (4 – 5 minutes)