Studying in America and Canada  
4.5 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The SAT is typically required to enter undergraduate programs in America, but not in Canada. However, some colleges in Canada recommend the candidates to take the SAT. Given a choice, we would recommend you to take the test. If you believe your test score is comparable or superior to your academic performance, submitting your score to the prospective college is liable to only help you because your entrance exam score is the only objective assessment of your abilities in the selection criteria.

The SAT is a standardized test to assess a prospective student's preparation for college. The test is typically required for undergraduate programs. While SAT I is typically required for undergraduate (Bachelorís degree) programs, the requirement for SAT II depends on the college and program of studies.

  • SAT I: Reasoning Test is a three-hour test, primarily multiple choice, that measures verbal and mathematical-reasoning abilities. The SAT I is similar to the ACT in its objective, but not necessarily in its structure.
  • SAT II: Subject Tests are one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests in specific subjects. These tests measure knowledge of particular subjects and the ability to apply that knowledge. Many colleges require or recommend one or more of these tests for admissions purposes.

The SAT I consists of two parts:

  1. Verbal: Analogy questions measure your knowledge of the meanings of words, ability to see a relationship in a pair of words, and ability to recognize a similar or parallel relationship. Sentence completion questions measure your knowledge of the meanings of words, and ability to understand how the different parts of a sentence logically fit together. Critical reading questions measure your ability to read and think carefully about a single reading passage or a pair of related passages.
  2. Math: This section tests your knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, logical reasoning, and mathematical symbols.

Maximum score on each part or the SAT - Verbal and Math - is 800; thus, an additive maximum score of 1600.

You can obtain detailed information on the SAT I on the website for the College Board. (

The SAT II is the so-called "subject test." These tests fall into five general areas of:

  1. English: Literature, Writing
  2. History: US History, World History
  3. Mathematics: Level IC, Level IIC
  4. Science: Biology Ecological/Molecular, Chemistry, Physics
  5. Languages: Chinese with Listening, French, French with Listening, German, German with Listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese with Listening, Korean with Listening, Latin, Spanish, Spanish with Listening, English Language Proficiency

You selection of the appropriate test is dependent on the admissions requirements of colleges of interest to you.

You can obtain detailed information on the SAT II on the website for the College Board. (

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