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 digital 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:


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 Dates in Nepal


SAT Test Dates 2024















SAT Exam Fee in Nepal

SAT Exam Fee Type


SAT Exam Fee in Nepal

SAT Exam Fee

General Fee


SAT Exam Fee (additional)

Country specific (for Nepal)



$ 103

  • Exam fee is 103 US dollars (excluding bank service charge and tax).
  • You can register for the exam without your passport.
  • However, passport is the only valid identification document on the exam day.
  • The deadline for registration is 15 days before the test date. However, seats fill up quickly. Thus, it is the responsibility of the student to register for the test well in advance of the deadline. You can contact the coordinator for the registration.
  • It is best you manage your own device. In case you fail to manage your own device, you need to borrow a device from College Board by registering and requesting a device earlier than the registration deadline-at least 30 days before test day—to allow time for international shipping.
  • Each time you register to take the SAT, you can send four score reports for free. You can designate your score recipients at the time you register for the test. You can also designate the recipients up to nine days after the test.
  • After that, there's a fee of 14 dollars per recipient.

SAT Exam Centres in Nepal


Exam Centre


Center Code


Kathmandu International Study Center

Inside Somang Academy - Thecho, Kathmandu



St Xavier’s School

Patan, Lalitpur



Trinity International College

Dillibazar Height-32, Kathmandu, Bagmati



Ullens School

Sheetal Marg, Khumaltar, Lalitpur -15



Rato Bangla School

Patandhoka,, Lalitpur



Lincoln School

Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu



Premier International School

Khumaltar Height, Lalitpur


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.

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