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SAT 1 is the most widely used admission test for colleges across the United States. It is a general ability test that essentially measures your readiness for college. It is conducted and scored by College Board. It is also the pathway to various opportunities, scholarships and financial support schemes offered by various colleges. SAT 1 is conducted globally in various centers in three areas- reading, math and writing.

SAT 1 is only one of the parameters that colleges consider during their admission process. A combination of high school grades and SAT 1 score is the overall parameter based on which the colleges decide. This may vary for different colleges so it is advisable that you visit the websites of colleges you are interested in to get more details about the admission criteria.


SAT 1 doesn’t test your reasoning or knowledge; it only tests your basic skills in reading, writing and math. These are the things that you have learned throughout your high school. All the questions go through a rigorous review process before they actually appear on the test. Details of the three sections are as follows-

  • Reading:

    It consists of reading comprehension and sentence correction questions. This section doesn’t require any particular domain knowledge, only basic grammar and vocabulary are sufficient.
  • Writing:

    This section consists of essay writing and multiple choice questions. These multiple choice questions are based on error correction based on grammar usage.
  • Math:

    This section includes multiple choice questions and a few student produced responses on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. These questions are based on average high school level mathematics.


Each section in SAT 1 is marked on a scale of 200-800, which makes a total score of 600-2400. The scoring process is explained here-

  • First a raw score is calculated on the scale of 20-80. During this calculation, +1 is granted for a correct answer, -1/4 is granted for a wrong answer and no deductions are made for not answering. Also note that no points are deducted for wrong student produced responses (math section).
  • The essays are scored on a scale of 1-6 by two readers independently and the score is added to give a 2-12 score. If the markings of the two readers differ by more than one point then a third reader marks the essay independently.
  • The final score is obtained by a statistical analysis which is done to ensure that this score reflects your true capabilities irrespective of venue, competition and variations in level of questions. This score is scaled to the 600-2400 range.