What is the SAT?

The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT as it is commonly known, is an admission test to colleges in the U.S. Every year many students from the U.S. and other countries appear for the SAT test to pursue major courses in American colleges and universities.

The SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Each year, more than 1.67 million students take the SAT. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's college readiness.

Educators trust the SAT as a useful part of the college application process because the SAT is:

  • the most researched standardized admissions test
  • the standard in reliability and validity
  • an internationally recognized, accurate measure of college readiness and scholarship potential.


QSI SAT examination center:

QSI is a registered SAT examination center (with approved testing facilities and qualified SAT teachers). This helps equip our students for college and beyond.


SAT Facts:

The SAT is offered six times a year. The test:

  • takes 3 hours, plus an additional 50 minutes for an optional essay-writing section
  • consists of 10 separately timed sections:
    • 2 sections - Evidence based Reading and Writing - 65 minutes for Reading and 35 minutes for Writing and language usage.
    • 2 sections - Mathematics - 25 minutes no calculator and 55 minutes calculator
    • 1 section (optional) - Essay \Writing - 50 minutes
  • assesses subject matter learned in high school and problem solving skills in three areas:
    • critical reading
    • mathematics
    • writing
  • includes 3 kinds of questions:
    • multiple-choice
    • student-produced responses (Math)
    • essays
  • The exam is machine-scored (except for the essay)
  • Each section is scored between 200 and 800 points in 10-point intervals.
    • One point is given for a correct answer and zero points for a wrong answer.
    • No points are subtracted for incorrect answers or answers left blank


Why should students take the SAT?

Most colleges accept SAT scores for selecting candidates for their programs. Apart from gaining admission to higher courses in colleges, SAT scores also allow you to avail the scholarship facilities to fund your college education.


How difficult is the SAT?

The SAT is developed to reflect accepted educational standards. The data shows that the material on the SAT and the time allocated to each section are appropriate for the intended test-taking population:

  • on avarage students answer 50% to 60% of questions correctly
  • 80% finish nearly the entire test
  • almost all students complete at least 75% of the questions