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The SAT is an internationally acclaimed standardised test acknowledged for candidates seeking admission to various undergarduate courses in the United States. Introduced in 1926, its name and scoring have changed several times; originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, it is now known as SAT. The SAT is owned, developed, and published by the College Board, a private, non-profit organisation in the United States. It is administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess student’s readiness for college.

The current SAT, introduced in 2016, takes three hours to finish, plus 50 minutes for the SAT with essay. Scores in the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: mathematics, and critical reading and writing. Taking the SAT is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, colleges and universities in the United States. 

The SAT test is held six times a year internationally. The mode of examination is offline. i.e pen-paper based.The other SAT test is SAT Subject test which is optional for students to apply. As some of the universities demand one or two subject tests for their admission criteria so students can choose their SAT Subject tests which is held for 1 hour. There is no negative marking in the SAT exam.

 

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