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:
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 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 following admins in 2020-21. Students can also avail the SAT Fee Discount for taking the SAT on these dates.
|Admin||Date of Exam*||Registration Deadline*|
|August 2020||August 29, 2020||July 31, 2020|
|September 2020||September 26, 2020||August 26, 2020|
|October 2020||October 3, 2020||September 4, 2020|
|November 2020||November 7, 2020||October 7, 2020|
|December 2020||December 5, 2020||November 5, 2020|
|March 2021||March 13, 2021||February 12, 2021|
|May 2021||May 8, 2021||April 8, 2021|
|June 2021||June 5, 2021||May 6, 2021|