SAT TEST – OVERVIEW
The SAT is a standard college entrance exam that measures skills in math, reading, and writing. •
The first section is always a written essay, which takes 25 minutes, and the last section is always a multiple-choice writing section, which takes 10 minutes. •
The other parts of the test — six 25-minute sections and two 20-minute sections — can appear in any order. •
One of the 25-minute sections (you won't know which) will not count toward your score; it is used to try out questions for future SAT testing. •
Total test time is 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Type of Questions
Reading (3 sections)
19 Sentence Completions
48 Reading Comprehension
67 Total Questions
Writing (3 sections)
49 Total Questions + Essay
Math (3 sections)
54 Total Questions
Reading, Writing, or Math
The SAT Critical Reading sections present you with reading comprehension questions about full-length and paragraph-length passages. They also include sentence completions.
The SAT Writing sections include multiple-choice questions on grammar, usage, word choice, and organization. The essay section asks you to respond to a prompt by developing a point of view supported by clear, well-organized ideas based on your experience and observations.
The SAT Math sections include multiple-choice questions and grid-in questions, which require you to generate a response. Topics include: numbers and operations; algebra and functions; geometry and measurement; and statistics, probability, and data analysis.
Each section (Critical Reading, Writing, and Math) is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. •
Essays, a sub-section of Writing, are graded on a scale of 2 to 12. •
Overall SAT scores can range from 600 to 2400.
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