SAT (originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test)

Level of Acceptance:

The SAT Reasoning Test is the most widely used and most rigorously researched college admissions test in history. Virtually every college in the United States accepts the SAT as a measure of the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well students analyze and solve problems - skills learned in school that are needed in college. The test also provides an independent measure of a student's college readiness that is standardized across all students, schools, and communities, providing a common and objective scale for comparison.

Who Takes the SAT Test:

The SAT Subject Tests are designed to measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction, and many colleges use them for admissions, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. SAT is offered by the College Board of the United States. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) is one of the examination centres appointed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to hold SAT in Hong Kong. 

Testing Format:

Section Average Score Time (Minutes) Content
Writing 484 60 Grammarusage, and diction.
Mathematics 511 70 Number and operationsalgebra and functionsgeometrystatisticsprobability, and data analysis
Critical Reading 495 70 VocabularyCritical reading, and sentence-level reading


  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. See the subjects.
  • Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
  • Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.


For registration:

According to the current arrangement, the SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Tests are offered six times a year in October, November, December, January, May and June internationally except for the US. In the US, the SAT Reasoning Test is also offered in March besides the above schedule. Registration for taking these tests in Hong Kong must be done online via the Web site of the College Board at

SAT Preparation Booklets can be downloaded at 

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GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) : 

Applicants who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree.

The test is divided into General Test (including Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing) and Subject Test.

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Fee (US Dollars):

General Test - $205

Subject Test -$150 

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) :

Applicants who are interested in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA.

The test is divided into Analytical writing assessment, Integrated reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal Sections

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SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) : 

Applicants who are interested in admission to private schools in the US, Canada and around the world.

The test is divided into Basic Verbal, Quantitative, and Reading Skills Assessments.

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Fee (US Dollars):


AEAS (Australian Education Assessment Services) :

Applicants who are interested in admission to Australian and international schools in other countries.

The test is divided into English Language Proficiency, Mathematical Reasoning Ability, and Non-Verbal General Ability.

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