Your desire to study in the USA can become a reality if you get an excellent score in the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) exam. To get enrolled in the US colleges and universities, you need to qualify SAT exam. Now, when students consider about the SAT, they are often confused about the methodology. They lack guidance on how to approach the SAT exam. One of the most discussed queries is regarding SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests.

Before you apply for SAT 2018, we would like to clarify your doubts pertaining to the exam structure. In this article, we would discuss in detail about the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests. After reading the content, you will able to decide on how to prepare for SAT 2018.

SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT Reasoning test is the compulsory test that should be attempted by every candidate seeking admission in US colleges and universities. The test basically evaluates your reasoning and analytical skills. The test comprises of general aptitude questions that you have already attempted in your classes during school. The test is basically divided into two sections:

  1. Mathematics

This section tests your calculative skills based on basic mathematics questions. The topics that are generally asked in Mathematics section include Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Simplification, HCF & LCM, and so on. If you are good in elementary mathematics, you can easily breeze through this section. However, you need to hone your skills to obtain an impressive score.

A total of 58 questions are asked in this section. You get 80 minutes to complete it. Out of 58 questions, you have to attempt 20 questions without a calculator and 38 questions with a calculator.

  1. Reading & Writing Section

This section tests your English Language knowledge by evaluating your writing and reading skills. There are two components in this section – Reading and Writing & Language. For the Reading component, you have to attempt 52 questions in 65 minutes. In the Writing & Language component, you have to attempt 44 questions in 35 minutes. The questions comprise of paragraphs, grammatical mistakes identification, fill in the blanks, and so on.

These two sections are scored on a scale of 200-800 points. Thus, the total score will be evaluated out of 400-1600. In addition to these two sections, you can also attempt an optional essay that will not be evaluated for scoring purposes.

SAT Subject Tests

Some of the colleges and universities in the USA want to evaluate your specialization. Thus, they ask you to furnish the scores for SAT Subject Tests. These tests evaluate your prowess in specific subjects. You can attempt up to 3 subject tests. The registration fee and the subject test fee are additional to the SAT Reasoning Test fee. Each subject is scored on a scale of 200-800.

In total, there are 20 Subject Tests available in the SAT examination. These are:

Literature World History United States History Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2 Biology E/M Physics Chemistry
Korean with Listening Spanish Spanish with Listening German
German with Listening Modern Hebrew Italian Japanese with Listening
Chinese with Listening Latin French French with Listening


The major difference between these two tests is that the Reasoning Test is a compulsory one whereas the Subject Test is not a compulsory one. If the college demands, then you have to appear for Subject Test, otherwise, you can skip it.