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

by Abhishek Saluja
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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 1350 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 University About the University
1 Ahmedabad University A private, non-profit university that offers students a liberal education focused on research and interdisciplinary learning.
2 Ashoka University A pioneer in its focus on providing a liberal education at par with the best in the world
3 Azim Premji University A not-for-profit University established in Karnataka in 2010
4 Bennett University A state private university in Uttar Pradesh with the aim of providing Ivy League quality of education to undergraduate and postgraduate students
5 FLAME University A state private university established in 2014 in Maharashtra, and a Jain Minority Institution
6 Manav Rachna University A state private university established in 2014 in Haryana
7 Manipal Academy of Higher Education A private research institute located in Udupi, Karnataka, with branch campuses in Dubai and Mangalore
8 SRM Institute of Science and Technology One of the top-ranking universities in India with over 38,000 students and more than 2600 faculty across all the campus
9 SVKM’s NMIMS A multi-disciplinary University with 7 campuses and 14 constituent schools
10 KREA University KREA 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
11 M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences With 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
12 SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat SRM 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
13 Sri Sri University Sri 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.
14 World University of Design World 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 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 1350 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 Lakhs
Eligibility Criteria for 50% SAT Fee Reduction:
  • Resident of India
  • Student in Class XI or Class XII
  • Annual family income between INR 8 Lakhs and INR 15 Lakhs

How to avail SAT fee reduction

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

 STEP 1 Go to www.buddy4study.com/collegeboard
STEP 2 Apply for SAT Fee reduction voucher
STEP 3 Pay 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 three remaining admins in 2019. Students can also avail the Sat Fee Discount for taking the SAT on these dates.

Admin Date of Exam Registration Deadline
May 2019 Saturday May 4, 2019

 

Friday April 5, 2019 11:59pm EST

 

October 2019 Saturday October 5, 2019 (tentative)

 

Friday September 6, 2019 11:59pm EST (tentative)

 

December 2019 Saturday December 7, 2019 (tentative)

 

Friday November 1 or November 8, 2019 11:59pm EST (tentative)

 

 

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