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Standardized tests: SAT-I and SAT-II

There are a number of tests that one needs to sit for before applying to universities/colleges abroad for higher studies. These tests include English Proficiency tests like TOEFL and IELTS and standardized tests like SAT-I, SAT-II, GRE and GMAT. The tests you take depend on the country and the level you are applying to. Here, in this article, we take a peek preview of two most commonly taken standardized tests —SAT-I and SAT-II — by students applying for under graduation courses. Amity EduMedia has already published an article on two most commonly taken English proficiency tests—TOEFL and IELTS—in the last edition. It will publish articles on other important standardized tests in its future editions.

The SAT (technically known as the SAT I) is a general test of verbal and quantitative reasoning accepted for U. S. college admissions.  The test is required for admission to undergraduate programs of most US universities. Many universities also require you to take SAT-II tests.

SAT-I: Reasoning Test

The SAT-I is a three hour, primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Most colleges require SAT-I scores for admission.

SAT-II: Subject Tests

The SAT-II subject tests are one hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Many universities may require you to take this along with SAT-I.

Who administers the SAT?

The SAT is developed and administered by the US-based "College Entrance Examination Board". This implies that Collegeboard sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report.

In India, SAT is conducted at the following cities: Bangalore, Calcutta, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi, and Pune.

When is the SAT held?

SAT is administered six to seven times a year.

Eligibility and fees

Anyone and everyone interested is eligible for taking the SAT. The SAT test scores are valid for five years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to five years old.

Test fees for SAT for Indian students are given below:


SAT Reasoning Test Fee


International processing fee


Security surcharge to test in India  & Pakistan


Total Amount

$ 69.50

Late registration fee
(If registering late, add this amount)


SAT subject tests

Registration Fee


International processing fee


Security surcharge to test in India & Pakistan


Writing Test (If taken)


Language Tests with Listening (If taken)  

$ 18.00

All other Subject Tests (per subject)

$ 8.00 each


Late registration fee
(If registering late, add this amount)


SAT Registration

You can register in three ways:

Online Registration: You can now register for SAT online using a credit card. This is available for registration in the United States, Canada and all other countries
except Kenya, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, India, and Pakistan. 

Registering by Mail: To register by mail, you need a Registration Bulletin which is available at your school counselor's office or on the official SAT site. The Registration Form and return envelope are included in the Registration Bulletin.

Registration through International Representatives:  If you are registering from outside Americas, you can also register through International representatives. For more details, use the links below.

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