sat

SAT

SAT Overview

The SAT is a pre requisite for the college admissions in the USA for undergraduate programs. The test is for 3 hour and 50 minutes (with optional essay 50 minutes to analyze a 650-750 word document and draft an essay, scored separately).

Scoring

  • No wrong answer penalty
  • Score is out of 1600
  • 800 for Math
  • 800 for Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
  • Subscores and insight scores available
  • Optional Essay will be scored separately

Anatomy

  • 1 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test
  • 65-minute Reading section
  • 35-minute Language and Writing section
  • 1 Math test
  • 55-minute section with calculator
  • 25-minute section without calculator
  • 1 Essay test (optional) – 50 minutes
  • 4 answer choices for multiple choice questions

Math

  • Essay is optional
  • Students have 50 minutes to analyze a 650-750 word document and draft an essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; requires students to analyze a source document and explain how the author builds an argument
  • Facts matter
  • Scored separately

Reading & Writing

  • Evidence-Based Reading
  • No Sentence Completions
  • Tests understanding of passages from U.S and World Literature, History / Social studies, and Sciences (500 – 750 words)
  • Writing and Language
  • Test “Expression of Ideas” and “Standard English Conventions” through passages relating to Careers, History / Social studies, Humanities and Science
  • All questions pull from extended prose (400-450 words)

 

 

Test Pattern

Section

# of Questions

Timing

Total Score

Reading

5 passages, 52 Questions

65 Min

Final score between 400-1600.

Writing & Language

4 passages, 44 Questions

35 Min

Math

No calculator 20 Questions
with calculator 38 Questions

25 Min
55 Min

Optional Essay

Writing, Reading & Analysis (scoring domains)

50 Min

 

Test Registration fee

$54.5 + $ 49 with essay
$43 + $49 without essay

Four registration score reports are available up to nine days after the test date.

Additional  score reporting fee

$11.25

Accepted Id

Passport only

To register for the test, logon to www.sat.collegeboard.org