What is SAT Exam?

SAT full form - Scholastic Assessment Test

SAT Exam is one of the most popular and globally accepted assessment tests for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses abroad. Since its inception, the SAT Exam has been administered and conducted by the College Board. Earlier, the SAT Exam was known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, which was later changed to the Scholastic Assessment Test to assess and evaluate the verbal, written, and mathematical skills of students/ candidates aspiring to begin their study abroad journey. The countries such as the USA, UK and Canada give weightage to the SAT Score, and it is one of the requirements for enrolling in universities or higher education institutions. 

Originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, it was later called the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, now simply the SAT.


The SAT measures how well test-takers can analyze and solve problems which are skills that are typically learned while in school and will be needed in college. It serves as an entrance test for study abroad students aspiring to admit for undergraduate courses abroad, especially in the US and Canada colleges and universities. It is a written paper-pencil test and helps evaluate the language and mathematical reasoning skills of the applicants. The universities you apply to, take into consideration your SAT scores in admission decisions and it has a significant role in scholarship decisions.

Previously, to prove their in-depth understanding of specific subjects, students could take SAT Subject Tests, in addition to the SAT. 

However, the SAT Subject Tests have been discontinued from 2021. 


SAT Format

  1. SAT tests analytical skills in:
    • English (reading and writing) and
    • Math.

The digital SAT Suite will utilize a multistage adaptive testing (MST) methodology. Adaptive testing has been used for large-scale digital standardized assessments for nearly 40 years. 

Figure 1: Digital SAT Suite Multistage Adaptive Testing Model

SAT Format
In a multistage adaptive SAT Suite test, each test section (Reading and Writing; Math) is divided into two equal-length and separately timed stages, each composed of a module of questions.
As illustrated in Figure 1,
Module 1: Students begin each test section by answering the set of questions in the first module. This module contains a broad mix of easy, medium, and hard questions that allows students to demonstrate their achievement before moving on to the second module.
Module 2: The questions in this second module are broadly targeted to the test taker’s achievement level based on how they perform in the first module; questions are either (on average) higher difficulty or lower difficulty than questions in the first module. This means that the test “adapts” to present questions that are more appropriate to a student’s performance level.


Reading and Writing Section

Math Section


Two-stage adaptive test design: one reading and writing section administered via two separately timed modules

Two-stage adaptive test design: one Math section administered via two separately timed modules

Number of Questions

Module 1: 27 questions

Module 2: 27 questions

Module 1: 22 questions

Module 2: 22 questions

Time per stage

Module 1: 32 minutes

Module 2: 32 minutes

Module 1: 35 minutes

Module 2: 35 minutes

Scores reported

200 – 800, in 10–point intervals

200 – 800, in 10–point intervals

Questions used

Discrete: four-option multiple-choice

Discrete: four-option multiple-choice (≈ 75%)

Student-produced response (SPR) (≈ 25%)

Stimulus topics

Literature, history, social studies, humanities, science

Science, social science, real-world topics

Informational graphics (tables, bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, etc.)



First, the Student attempts the Reading and Writing section. A ten-minute break is given before the start of the Math section.
SAT is scored in the interval 400 – 1600, in 10 points increments.

SAT Exam Fee in Indonesia

SAT Test Fees
SAT Registration Fees $55 + Non-U.S. Regional Fee
Non-U.S. Regional Fee for Indonesia $53
Total $108
Other Registration-Linked Fees
Change registration $25
Cancel registration $25
Late cancel registration $35
Late registration $30
Waitlist fee $53

SAT Exam Score Services and Fees
Additional score report request $12
Rush order $31
Scores by phone $15
(per call)
Archived (older) scores order $31
Question-and-Answer Service $16
Student Answer Service $16
Multiple-choice hand score

SAT Exam Dates in Indonesia 2023

SAT Test Date* Registration Deadline for SAT exam

Deadline for Changes, Regular Cancellation,
and Late Registration

Aug 26, 2023 July 28, 2023 August 15, 2023
Oct 7, 2023 Sep 7, 2023 Sep 26, 2023
Nov 4, 2023 Oct 5, 2023 Oct 24, 2023
Dec 2, 2023 Nov 2, 2023 Nov 21, 2023
Mar 9, 2024 Feb 23, 2024 Coming soon
May 4, 2024 Apr 19, 2024 Coming soon
June 1, 2024 May 17, 2024 Coming soon

How to register for SAT Exam?

Registering for the SAT Exam is a seamless process, and just like other exams, you can apply online. In some cases, you have an opportunity to apply via email. The below curated information will help you apply for the SAT Exam both online and by email.

Online registration for SAT Exam:

Step1 - Create a new profile on the College Board website (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international ) and register yourself.

Step 2 - Fill in the SAT application form on the website.

Step 3 - Create a student profile.

Step 4 - Once you fill in all the necessary details, you will be asked to choose the test date and test centre of your convenience.

Step 5 - Upload your photo on the form.

Step 6 - Pay the exam fee online and submit your application. If you do not have an international credit card, you can use the services provided by local banks to do the payment.

Email registration for SAT Exam:

Candidates can apply through email when they are:

  • Younger in age or 13 years of age.
  • Requesting for testing centre proximity to their home.
  • Unable to upload/submit photographs.
  • Asking to process the SAT Exam fee by cheque.

The email registration process for SAT Exam:

  • Request SAT registration booklet from your test preparation coaching centre or School board.
  • Fill in the application as per the guidelines mentioned in the booklet.
  • The duly filled form and the application fee cheque must be emailed to the respective address mentioned on the booklet.

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