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SAT Test

1. Introduction

The SAT, a standardized test critically important for college admissions in the United States, serves as a measure of a The SAT, a standardized test critically important for college admissions in the United States, serves as a measure of a student’s academic readiness for university. Beyond its widespread acceptance in the U.S., the SAT scores are also recognized by numerous international universities in countries including Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Singapore, among others. The SAT is developed and administered by the College Board. In Vietnam, IIG Vietnam is authorized by the College Board to administer the SAT test.


  • The SAT provides a precise assessment of a student’s academic capabilities, enabling individuals to identify their areas of strength and improvement.
  • Securing a high SAT score plays a crucial role in fulfilling one’s aspiration of attending their dream college.
  • It unlocks the door to educational opportunities at renowned universities across the United States, Canada, Australia, and several other nations.

3. Who Should Take the SAT?

The SAT is ideal for high school students aspiring to study in the United States or at institutions worldwide that recognize SAT scores. Additionally, it is important for students to possess proficient English language skills, as the entirety of the SAT content is presented in English, requiring the ability to comprehend and respond to the questions effectively.


Effective July 2021, the College Board discontinued the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Essay section.

Commencing in March 2023, the College Board transitioned the SAT from its traditional paper format to a digital platform, introducing the Digital SAT. The SAT assesses a candidate’s capabilities in reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving across mathematics, reading comprehension, and writing. It comprises two primary sections: Reading and Writing, and Math.

ComponentTime Allotted (minutes)Number of Questions/Tasks
Reading and Writing64 (two 32-minute modules*)54
Math70 (two 35-minute modules*)44

* The Reading and Writing and the Math sections of the SAT are each split into two modules. These modules are of equal duration and are timed independently. Candidates have the flexibility to navigate forwards or backwards through questions within the same module for the duration allocated. Upon the expiration of the allotted time, the exam software will automatically proceed to the subsequent module.

There is a 10-minute break between the Reading and Writing section and the Math section. The first module of each section contains a broad mix of easy, medium, and hard questions. Based on how students perform on the first module, the second module of questions will either be more difficult or less difficult.


Candidates wishing to register for the SAT should do so online by accessing https://mysat.collegeboard.org. The process involves creating an individual account and adhering to the provided instructions. Payment of the exam fee is required via credit card. This account serves as a central hub for all registration-related activities, including score submission to institutions, score access, and other notifications; all pertinent information and updates are stored within this account. Upon completing registration, candidates will be issued a registration number and an Admission Ticket.

Before Test Day:

  • Candidates are required to prepare their own devices for the test, which can include a Laptop or Tablet (with Windows 10 or later), a Mac laptop (with macOS 11.4 or later), or an iPad (with iPadOS 17.1 or later, though versions 14-16 are also acceptable).
  • It is mandatory to download the Bluebook™ application, which is the platform used for taking the test. Detailed instructions for downloading can be found at: Bluebook (collegeboard.org).
  • Within 1-5 days prior to the test day, candidates must complete the application setup on their chosen testing device. This setup process verifies the device’s compatibility for the test, downloads the necessary testing materials, and provides an Admission Ticket.

On Test Day:

Candidates are expected to arrive at the testing location 30 minutes before the exam start-time to complete the check-in process. They must bring the following items:

  • Admission Ticket
  • A valid passport or CITIZEN ID card (Note: for international candidates taking the test in Vietnam, only a valid passport will be accepted)         
  • The TESTING device, along with its charger, if applicable

During the Math section, candidates may use four-function, scientific, or graphing calculators. However, any additional devices, apart from those using the Bluebook software, that have internet access, recording, broadcasting, or video recording capabilities, detachable keyboards or electronic pens, personal digital assistants, or devices generating noise, using electricity, or containing paper tape, are strictly prohibited.


Candidates can access their scores via the account created on https://mysat.collegeboard.org approximately two weeks following the test date. Additionally, score reports can be sent to universities in the United States or elsewhere as required.

Score reports and SAT Certificates remain valid for a period of five years.


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