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Test Format

Mode of Exam Paper-and-pencil test
Computer-based test at select locations only
Duration of the Exam 3 hours
+ 50 minutes for essay (optional)
Number of tests 3 tests (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math)+ optional essay
Total number of questions 154 questions
Average time available per question 1 minute 10 seconds
Scoring Composite 400–1600 SAT Essay: reported in 3 dimensions, each 2–8
Sub-score Reporting Sub-scores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors
Negative marking / Penalty No negative marking / penalty for incorrect answers

Sectional Analysis

Section Number of questions Time Average time available per question Question format Based on What does it measure?
Reading Test 52 65 minutes 1 minute 15 seconds Multiple - choice questions Passages may include text, info-graphics and data. No math or prior subject-specific knowledge is required. Command of Evidence Words in Context Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science.
Writing and Language Test 44 35 minutes 48 seconds Multiple - choice question Passages may include text, info-graphics and data. No math or prior subject-specific knowledge is required. Command of Evidence Words in Context Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science. Expression of Ideas Standard English Conventions
Math Test 58
No-Calculator: 20 questions
Calculator: 38 questions
80 minutes
Calculator: 25 minutes No-Calculator: 55 minutes
No-Calculator: 1 minute 15 seconds
Calculator: 1 minute 17 seconds
Multiple – choice and Grid-in questions
No-Calculator: 15 multiple choice and 5 grid-in questions Calculator: 30 multiple choice and 8 grid-in questions
Heart of Algebra Problem Solving and Data Analysis Passport to Advanced Math Additional Topics in Math Fluency Conceptual Understanding Applications
Essay (Optional) Who take it? Students applying to Universities which require SAT scores with Essay. Essay scores are reported separately. 1 50 minutes - Passage Essay Approach: Read, analyze and explain the author’s argument and his style and technique of persuasion Reading,Analysis and Writing sills
Accepted by All U.S. Colleges
Test Administration Dates are released for 3 years; SAT is conducted 7 times a year in US and 4 times a year in the rest of the countries
Number of Score Reports score reports for use at any time before graduating from school, in addition to 4 limited-time score reports.


Test Format and Features
Who take the exam? Students applying to colleges or courses which require SAT Subject Test scores.
Students who would like to display their strengths and add value to their profile.
What does it test? SAT Subject Tests test a student’s knowledge and understanding of a subject on a high school level.
Mode of Exam Paper-and-pencil test
Subjects There are 20 SAT Subject Tests. They can be broadly classified into English, Languages, Mathematics, Science and History.
Number of tests Students may choose 1, 2 or 3 subjects.
Duration of the Exam 1 hour for each subject test
Questions Format Multiple - choice questions
Scoring 00-800 in each subject test
Test Administration SAT is conducted 6 times a year in US and 5 times a year in the rest of the countries.
Not all twenty subjects are offered on a test day. Different subjects have different test dates.
Students can’t take the SAT and a SAT Subject Test on the same day.


Flexible learning: Throughout the year, we offer you convenient options to take the SAT coaching. You may choose a tutor to teach you in-person or online. You may even sit for classes in our well-appointed classrooms. Whatever you prefer, we are here to deliver our best!

Regular Monitoring: To test your understanding of the concepts and measure your progress, we conduct week-end tests, subject tests, full length mocks and essay practice sessions. We check your pace and performance and concentrate on key improvement areas so that you may achieve a good balanced score.

Perfect Foundation: We help you construct a good foundation of concepts by equipping you with resources and tutoring systematically. We also undertake classroom exercises and employ various techniques to aid you in formulating a unique test taking strategy. Remember that you are tested not only on your exam skills but also on your approach to the exam.

Subject Test Guidance: SAT Subject Tests give your application an advantage over the others. Rostrum offers you coaching for all the 20 SAT Subject Tests. We assist you in choosing the right subjects which will help you showcase your strengths. We also provide additional support to improve your understanding of a subject.

Essay Skills: If you are taking the SAT with Essay then you need to develop necessary language, writing, critical thinking and analytical skills to attempt the essay. We understand that you can’t develop them overnight. Our tutors help you build essay skills using comprehensive methods.

Rostrum Community: The Rostrum Community is a global network of successful alumni and students from leading universities across the globe. Most of our members from the US have taken the SAT and aced it. Join the community to know their success mantra and get exam tips from them!

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