Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is an entrance test for admission into the undergraduate programmes of USA and Singapore educational institutions. The test measures skills in the areas of reading, conventions of standard English writing, high-school level mathematics and essay composition.

Test Format

SectionsNumber of questionsDurations
Reading Test5265 minutes
Writing and Language Test4435 minutes
Math Test 1 (No Calculator)2025 minutes
Math Test 2 (Calculator)3855 minutes
Essay (optional)1 topic50 minutes

Section Information briefly


Reading Test consists of passages and informational graphics taken from wide range of sources such as classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature, U.S. founding document, the U.S. Constitution, a speech by great people such as Nelson Mandela, economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science,  and natural sciences. Questions on theses texts ask one to locate a piece of information or an idea stated directly. Some questions ask one to find evidence in a passage (or pair of passages) that best supports the answer to a previous question or serves as the basis for a reasonable conclusion, Identify how authors use evidence to support their claims, find a relationship between an informational graphic and the passage it’s paired with.

Writing and Language

The SAT Writing and Language Test asks you to edit and improve passages and that include deliberate errors. The different skills measured are command of evidence, words in context, analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science, expression of ideas and standard English conventions.


The SAT Math Test covers a range of math practices, with an emphasis on problem solving, modeling, using tools strategically, and using algebraic structure.


The SAT Essay measures one’s reading, analysis, and writing skills. In this section, one is supposed to read a passage, explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience, and support your explanation with evidence from the passage. The SAT Essay shows how well one understands the passage and uses it as the basis for a well-written, thought-out discussion. 


SAT reports multiple scores.

Total Score is addition of Mathematics score and Evidence based Reading and Writing score. It is reported on 400 - 1600.

Section scores are reported on 200 – 800 scale for each of mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing parts.    

Test scores are reported for mathematics, reading and writing on the scale of 10 – 40.

Miscellaneous Details

Nature of the test          :           Paper-Based                 Test frequency                          :           6 times in one year

Exam Fee                     :           $ 103.5 (with essay)       Score Validity Period                 :           5 years

                                                $ 92.5 (without essay)   

Rescheduling Fee          :           $ 28/-                            Score Reporting Time                :           19 days

Free Score Reports       :           4                                  Extra Score reporting Fee          :           $ 11.25

Official Website            :                                                               

Deadline for Free Score Reporting         :           till the 9th day after test date

SAT coaching at Shine

At Shine, day one is always a day of mock test.   The test result allows an individual to know where he stands and consequently provides him an idea of how much effort is required to achieve a desirable score.

For Mathematics part, every session begins with concepts teaching of a particular topic. After concept explanation, our teachers solve few problems of different types to show how concept is applied. Then students are given approximately 25 questions of varying difficulty levels to solve in the class. As students solve the problems, the teachers remain present in the class to help the students in case any difficulty arises. For home-assignment, approximately an equal number of questions are given for practice. Towards the last 15 – 20 minutes of session, our teachers take doubts of the previous home-assignment, if any.  

For English part, our teachers first explain the different question types that compose the section. Then approach and strategies are explained to tackle these question types. For practice in the class, passages are taken from Official Guide (OG) of SAT. The OG contains approximately 4 tests on passages. All these passages are taken in the class with a very strong focus on discussion. Similarly, for Writing and language, the same book is used. The book has approximately 4 tests on the same type. Our teachers do all these tests, again with a very strong focus on discussion.      

For Essay part, which is an optional section, firstly the essay question type is explained. Then guidelines are given on how to compose the essay on each type of topic. Then our faculties discuss 10 topics. Discussion revolves around the ideas to be presented, organization to be followed and language to be used for composing essay. Then students are asked to compose essays on these topics. Essays are assessed and guidelines are provided to make the composition better.

After completion of classroom training, 20 full-length mock tests are administered at our testing centre. Faculties also conduct revision session as well as take doubts of students.

Salient Features

  • Intensive and comprehensive coaching of 80 classroom hours
  • Qualified, experienced and trained teachers
  • 20 full-length mock tests post classroom coaching
  • Well-stocked library
  • SAT official Guide, an official publication for SAT, and Mathematics for MBA, a standard text to build foundation in and practice for Mathematics, issued as courseware
  • Early morning and late evening batches
  • Flexibility of Three schedules (Weekdays, Weekends and Alternate days)
    • Weekdays Schedule (Tue – Fri, 2 hours per day, morning to evening batches)
    • Weekend Schedule (Sat – Sun, 4 hours per day, morning)

Alternate days ( Mon/Wed/Fri OR Tue/Thu/Sat, 2 hours per day, early morning)