SAT Eligibility 2024: Check Age Limit, Minimum Qualification & Score

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar

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Updated on May 2, 2024 18:10 IST

SAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2024: The conducting body of SAT, the College Board has not set up any SAT eligibility for candidates wanting to appear for the exam. The conducting body of the SAT exam that is, the College Board has not laid down any specific eligibility criteria for SAT exams. International students planning to appear for standardized tests like the SAT exam for undergraduate studies abroad can just register on the College Board website and apply. Students who are 13 years or above are permitted to create an account on the College Board website. However, the College Board has not set up any SAT eligibility criteria as far as the age limit is concerned to appear and register for the SAT exam.

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Q:   Who all are eligible to take the SAT test?

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There is no age limit set by the College Board. But the rules are different for:

  • If a candidate is 13 or old then he/she can create a free account on College Board and register online
  • Candidates who are 12 years or younger can register only through mail or phone. Such candidates need not pay the phone registration fee
  • Candidates studying in the eighth grade or lower need not include a photo during registration. However, they need a valid photo ID at the exam center
  • There may be students who may want to go for PSAT and be eliible for giving the SAT exam. 
 

Q:   Can I go to a college after giving the SAT without passing 12th?

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Hi, The conducting body of SAT the College Board has not set up any SAT eligibility for candidates wanting to appear for the exam. Originally referred to as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test and now commonly called the SAT exam is conducted for undergraduate admission to colleges/universities abroad. The College Board which is the official SAT conducting agency have not laid down any specific eligibility criteria for SAT exam for students appearing for one of the most recognised entrance exams for undergraduate studies abroad. Students who are planning to travel overseas to take admission to undergraduate studies are required to successfully qualify for the SAT exam. The College Board has not set up any SAT eligibility criteria as far as the age limit is concerned. There is no minimum or maximum age limit set by the conducting body for aspirants wanting to register for SAT exam. However, students are required to have successfully passed their high school to seek admission for undergraduate studies. Students belonging to the age group of 17-19 years have recorded the highest turnout for the SAT exams. Countries that majorly accept SAT scores and results are the United States of America (USA), Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand among others.
 

Q:   If there is no SAT eligibility, can I apply multiple times?

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Applicants are eligible to apply for SAT exam multiple times irrespective of their current standing - in school or a pass out from school or even those in college. Students who wish to appear for SAT another time or multiple times can do so, there is no bar. Students must have a valid reason to appear multiple times for the SAT, because one its costs are high and second, if students fail to elaborate, they may be barred from giving the exam. 

 

Q:   Without a valid ID proof will I be eligible to apply for SAT?

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A valid ID proof is required to register for the SAT test. Also, you need the ID at the test center as well without this you will not be allowed to enter. As such there is no proof required to prove eligiblity of the applicant at the registration level. Only a photograph is sufficient for SAT registrations, but a valid government issued ID proof would be required to enter the SAT test centre. Without the ID proof, the applicants will not be allowed entry at the SAT exam centre. The applicants should have valid identification proofs so that they are eligible to sit for SAT exam.

 

SAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2024

SAT exam eligibility for Indian students willing to apply for colleges abroad which accept SAT scores must fulfil the following SAT eligibility criteria:

  • The College Board is the official conducting body of the SAT exam
  • There is no minimum or maximum age set by the conducting body as SAT eligibility criteria.
  • SAT is widely accepted in countries like USA, UK, Australia, and Canada.
  • Students appear for the SAT for admission to undergraduate programmes in colleges/ universities abroad
  • A maximum number of high school students between the ages of 17-18 appear for the SAT exam

Q:   Are Indian students eligible for taking SAT in US states?

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Indian students can appear for SAT in US states as well, they will be eligible if they or their parents hold citizenship of the US. In case of citizenship, Indian students will be eligible to give SAT as domestic students as well. The students must ensure where and when are they appearing for the SAT exam irrespective of their recent high school qualifications.  

While in India, being an Indian citizen but also holding a US citizenship, applicants will be permitted to appear for SAT exam in either India or in the USA irrespective of where they are residing at the moment. But if the applicants holding a US citizenship will be eligible for a SAT exam fee waiver plus they will also get the benefit of being a domestic student. 

It completely depends on the applicant where and how they wish to take the exam depending upon their circumstances and citizenship as well. Otherwise they are eligible to appear for SAT exam within their own country of residence. 

 

Q:   What is the eligibility criteria to give SAT exam?

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As such there are no eligibility criteria laid down by The College Board for taking the SAT exam. However, since SAT is for admission to undergraduate programs candidates are advised to appear for their SAT while in standard 11th or 12th. This way they would be eligible to send their SAT scores to the univeristies abroad where they wish to seek admission. SAT eligibility does not change frequently over night. 

Indian students residing in India are eligible to appear for SAT in India. The students are eligible to choose any the nearest or convenient SAT test centre in the state of residence and city too. In case the city of residence does not have a SAT test centre, Indian students are eligible to choose the next best option to appear for the SAT exam. 

Thus, those preparing to go for education abroad especially for their bachelor's and submitting standardised test scores is an integral part of the admission process, then applicants will have to sit for the SAT exam and submit its scores well within time to not miss out any deadlines and also that their applications are scrutinised. 

 
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SAT 2024 Eligibility for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities, who inform the College Board – the governing body of SAT about their condition, beforehand are eligible to appear for SAT with added facilities to make their SAT exam experience worth it. However, all the extra convenience must be approved beforehand by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) unit. Once the facilities for disabled students have been approved, this can be used for both SAT General and SAT Subject Test. Students are not required to make a new request for each SAT exam. Students should note that there are no eligibility criteria laid down for students wanting to appear for SAT.

Facilities for Disabled Students for SAT Exam include:

  • The use of Braille and large-print exams for visually impaired candidates
  • Provision for extra time for completion of the SAT exam
  • The use of a computer for essays and
  • A provision for extra breaks during the exam

Students with disabilities would not face issues, as all major SAT exam centres that would allow disabled students to take exams at their centres would be equipped to handle such applicants.

SAT Exam Age Criteria 2024

Check out the SAT exam's age criteria for international students:

  • If a candidate is 13 or old then he/she can create a free account on College Board and register online
  • Candidates who are 12 years or younger can register only through mail or phone. Such candidates need not pay the phone registration fee
  • Candidates studying in the eighth grade or lower need not include a photo during registration. However, they need a valid photo ID at the exam centre

Have more questions regarding the SAT? Read SAT frequently asked questions and understand more about the SAT exam.

Q:   Does SAT require XII grades to be eligible to sit for the exam?

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No, SAT doesn not usually demand class 12th scores or grades from its prospective applicants to deem them eligible for appearing for the SAT exam. The students may have to fill in their level of understanding of certain subjects and co-curricular activities and they will not be required to submit score related details even while registering. But it is definitely better to appear for SAT after class XII because of the level of knowledge. 

 

Q:   I am 12 years old, am I eligible to sit for SAT exam?

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Yes, 12 year olds can also sit for SAT exam, they are eligible for the exam, but they will not be able to register for SAT on their own. A guardian or parent will have to apply for SAT exam on behalf of the 12 year old. Thus, parent or guardian will have to take guarantee and register on behalf of their child for the SAT exam. Once the child turns 13, he/she can apply on their own if they still wish to appear for the SAT exam. Its best to prepre for SAT exam and then sit for the exam.

 

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SAT Exam Eligibility FAQs

Check out some more details about SAT eligibility criteria in the following section:

Q:   Can I give SAT exam after class 12th or not?

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There are no specific criteria laid down by The College Board for appearing for the SAT exam as to when should students take the SAT exam. But those students who are planning to apply abroad and the admission requirements include SAT scores then, applicants should know when to start studying for SAT. Since SAT is for admission to undergraduate programs candidates are advised to appear for their SAT while in standard 11th or 12th or even after passing out from school also.

 

Q:   Are students I eligible to register for SAT even after two years of passing out from high school?

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Yes, international students can appear for SAT exam even after passing out from high school or one year later too. There are no age restrictions for applicants as to when they should appear for the SAT exam. Whenever students make up their minds for applying abroad and have SAT as an admission requirement, they can appear for the SAT exam.

 

Q:   Am I eligible for SAT if I have graduated from India?

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Yes, applicants who have graduated from India and are looking for another bachelor's degree to study abroad, and require to fulfil the admission requirement of submitting a SAT score, are absolutely eligible to sit for the SAT exam. There is no descriptive age bar or definition of age in SAT eligibility. Hence, Indian graduates are eligible to appear for SAT exam.

 
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1)Are SAT & SAT subject test both different? 2) Is it compulsory to attempt both sat & sat subject test? Can you please give information about it?

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Shakil Jahan

4 months ago

Am I eligible to appear for SAT after five years of passing out from high school?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

3 months ago

Hello Shakil! Yes, you are eligible to appear for the exam. All the best!

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eppxk

4 months ago

what scholarships are offered to students scoring good marks?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hello! Scholarships depend on the university the applicant is applying to and based on the criteria fulfilled. So when you apply for admission to any university, you can check on what score cutoff of SAT a scholarship is being offered and apply for that scholarship accordingly. Hope this helps!

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Durgaprasad

5 months ago

How much do I need to score to get seat in iiit Hyderabad

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hello Durgaprasad! You will have to check the university website and the course you are applying for. Sometimes a cutoff is mentioned and sometimes it is not. In case it is not mentioned, you can connect with the university's admissions committee and request for details. Good luck!

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abrar hussain

7 months ago

how much do I need to score to get a seat in vit vellore cse?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

7 months ago

Hello Abrar! You will have to check the university website or with the respective course department and enquire about the accepted SAT score range. You can also check out the previous year's cutoff and plan your preparation accordingly. Hope this helps! All the very best!

Hello! You will have to check with the university and the course department you are applying to for a definite cutoff. Aim accordingly for the SAT score based on the previous year's cutoff. Hope this helps! All the best!

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