SAT IN INDIA : SAT SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER COLLEGE BOARD INDIA SCHOLARS PROGRAM

SAT, one of the most popular tests for admissions to US undergraduate colleges, is now beginning to be widely accepted in India as well, thanks to SAT Scholarships offered by College Board under ‘College Board India Scholars Program’.

College Board India Scholars Program, initiated in the year 2018-19, makes SAT Scholarships available for Indian students belonging to financially weaker families. Test takers who score more than 1300 in the SAT, and whose family income is below a certain threshold, are offered 100% tuition-free scholarships to study at some of the top private universities in India, that are part of the India Global Alliance.

The Scholarship Program is back in its second year with full-tuition scholarships for Indian students. This year, test-takers will have even more Indian universities to choose from.

What is SAT?

For almost a hundred years, the SAT has been the most widely used standardized test for college admissions in the US. The exam measures a student’s academic strengths with a strong emphasis on measuring reasoning, knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success. The SAT, combined with the grades or GPA, serves as hard evidence of a student’s academic preparedness for the rigours of college-work. The test is owned, developed and published by College Board, an American Non-Profit.

SAT Scholarships in India

College Board has joined hands with top Indian universities to form a consortium of educational institutions, called the India Global Alliance. The Alliance provides a platform to Indian educational institutions to engage with some of the world’s most prominent and high-profile universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Cambridge, Columbia University, McGill University, the University of Hong Kong among others.

As part of the initiative, India Global Alliance universities will also accept SAT scores for the purposes of admission intakes. Additionally, the participating universities will offer scholarships to the top performers in SAT, based on their financial need.

Indian Universities Accepting SAT

The following universities are among the members of the India Global Alliance accepting SAT for admissions and offering SAT Scholarships for eligible candidates:

S.No.Name of the UniversityAbout the University
1Ahmedabad UniversityA private, non-profit university that offers students a liberal education focused on research and interdisciplinary learning.
2Ashoka UniversityA pioneer in its focus on providing a liberal education at par with the best in the world
3Azim Premji UniversityA not-for-profit University established in Karnataka in 2010
4Bennett UniversityA state private university in Uttar Pradesh with the aim of providing Ivy League quality of education to undergraduate and postgraduate students
5FLAME UniversityA state private university established in 2014 in Maharashtra, and a Jain Minority Institution
6Manav Rachna UniversityA state private university established in 2014 in Haryana
7Manipal Academy of Higher EducationA private research institute located in Udupi, Karnataka, with branch campuses in Dubai and Mangalore
8SRM Institute of Science and TechnologyOne of the top-ranking universities in India with over 38,000 students and more than 2600 faculty across all the campus
9SVKM’s NMIMSA multi-disciplinary University with 7 campuses and 14 constituent schools
10KREA UniversityKREA University, a state-private university in Andhra Pradesh, is a unique effort, specifically conceived and designed to address the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the 21st century
11M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied SciencesWith a focus on student-centric higher education, M.S. Ramaiah University aims to equip graduates with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills expected by industry and business
12SRM University Delhi-NCR, SonepatSRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, aims to emerge as a leading world-class university that creates and disseminates knowledge upholding the highest standards of instruction in Medicine & Health Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Management, Law, Science & Humanities
13Sri Sri UniversitySri Sri University was established in 2009 as a centre for world-class education in India, bringing together the best of Western innovation with the ancient values and wisdom of the East.
14World University of DesignWorld University of Design (WUD) offers cutting edge, trans-disciplinary programs in the creative domains of Fashion, Design, Communication, Art, Architecture, Media, Management and Humanities.

 Eligibility for the SAT Scholarships

To be eligible for the SAT scholarships, an applicant must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of India
  • Be a student in Class 11 or 12 for session 2019–20
  • Have an annual household income of less than INR 8 Lakhs
  • Be a Top Performer in SAT exam (score of 1300 or more out of 1600)
  • Apply for admission to participating Indian universities
  • Get admission offer and enrol at a participating Indian university
 SAT in India: SAT Fee Reduction for Indian Test-Takers

To encourage Indian students to take the SAT, College Board has also partnered with Buddy4Study to provide up to 90% SAT fee reduction vouchers for students in India.

Eligibility Criteria for 90% SAT Fee Reduction:
  • Resident of India
  • Student in Class XI or Class XII
  • Annual family income should be less than INR 8 Lakh
Eligibility Criteria for 50% SAT Fee Reduction:
  • Resident of India
  • Student in Class XI or Class XII
  • Annual family income between INR 8 Lakh and INR 15 Lakh

How to avail SAT fee reduction

To receive the SAT Fee reduction voucher and take the SAT for free, follow the below steps:

 STEP 1Go to www.buddy4study.com/collegeboard
STEP 2Apply for SAT Fee reduction voucher
STEP 3Pay discounted SAT Fee and register for the exam

 Sat Preparation: How to Prepare for the SAT  

College Board has officially partnered with Khan Academy, the popular educational platform providing online tools and resources for students, to offer free practice for the SAT on mobile devices and computers. With the official SAT practice platform, students can benefit from personalized practice plans. The practice plans are customized according to a student’s diagnostics. The objective of this partnership is to provide a world-class resource for SAT preparation to all students, completely free of cost.

SAT Practice on Khan Academy has proven to be significantly beneficial for test-takers, helping them improve their scores and achieve success in the exam. With thousands of practice questions, interactive problems, videos, lessons, as well as 8 full-length practice tests, students have enough preparatory content to get a complete feel of the SAT before taking it.

SAT Admin Dates: When can you take the SAT  

There are four test administrations or admins for the SAT in India. These occur in the months of March, May, October, and December. The test is administered at over 80 test centres in more than 40 cities across India.

The College Board India Scholars Program is applicable for the following admins in 2020-21. Students can also avail the SAT Fee Discount for taking the SAT on these dates.

AdminDate of Exam*Registration Deadline*
August 2020August 29, 2020July 31, 2020
September 2020September 26, 2020August 26, 2020
October 2020October 3, 2020September 4, 2020
November 2020November 7, 2020October 7, 2020
December 2020December 5, 2020November 5, 2020
March 2021March 13, 2021February 12, 2021
May 2021May 8, 2021April 8, 2021
June 2021June 5, 2021May 6, 2021

 *Tentative

List of State Scholarship portal are as follows:

Scholarships for Uttar Pradesh
UP Scholarship
Scholarships for Maharashtra
Mahadbt
Post Matric Scholarships disbursements through ePass
Epass Scholarship
Jnanabhumi online portal of Government of Andhra Pradesh
Jnanabhumi
scholarship portal of Jharkhand
E Kalyan Scholarship
Government of Madhya Pradesh, MP scholarships
MP Scholarship
Karnataka education board, ePASS Karnataka
Epass Karnataka Scholarship
TS epass scholarship is offrering by Telangana Govt
Telangana Epass
Scholarship Portal Government of Punjab
Punjab Scholarship
E-Grantz portal, Government of Kerala
E Grantz
Minorities under Government of Karnataka, GOKDOM
Gokdom
Oasis scholarship portal, West Bengal scholarships
Oasis Scholarship
Chhattisgarh Scholarship Portal
CG Scholarship Portal
SJE Rajasthan Scholarship Portal, Government of Rajasthan
SJE Scholarship
Digital Gujarat scholarship, Government of Gujarat.
Gujarat Scholarship
HP ePass scholarship portal, Himachal Pradesh
HP Epass Scholarship
West Bengal Scholarship Schemes, West Bengal
West Bengal Scholarship
Government of Bihar Post-Matric scholarship SC/ST/BC/EBC
Bihar Scholarship
Scholarship for BC, MBC and Minorities, Govt of TamilNadu
TN Scholarship