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What is SAT Exam?

SAT exam is a test taken by students aspiring to apply for undergraduate degree in USA and Canada. Since its inception in 1926, it has been administered by the College Board.

Originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, it was later called the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Testnow 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 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 decision and it has significant role in scholarship decision.

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:

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

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.


SAT Exam Format:

Category Reading and Writing Section Math Section
Format 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.) Yes Yes

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 Nepal

SAT Exam Fee Type Description SAT Exam Fee in Nepal
SAT Exam Fee General Fee $60
SAT Exam Fee (additional) Country specific (for Nepal) $43
Total $ 103

SAT Exam Centres in Nepal

SN Exam Centre Address Center Code
1 Kathmandu International Study Center Inside Somang Academy – Thecho, Kathmandu 74618
2 St Xavier’s School Patan, Lalitpur 74625
3 Trinity International College Dillibazar Height-32, Kathmandu, Bagmati 74619
4 Ullens School Sheetal Marg, Khumaltar, Lalitpur -15 74622
5 Rato Bangla School Patandhoka,, Lalitpur 74627
6 Lincoln School Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu 74620
7 Premier International School Khumaltar Height, Lalitpur 74914

How to register for SAT Exam in Nepal?

Registering for the SAT Exam in Nepal 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 in Nepal:

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.