SAT

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board.  
The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school. Many colleges require scores from the SAT or ACT tests as a part of the admissions process.  In general, your SAT score is a key component of your college applications.

A short format of your SAT Examination is as shown below.

SAT Length

3 hours (plus 50 minutes if taking optional Essay)

SAT Sections

  • Math

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 

  • Essay (optional)

SAT Cost

$47.50 ($64.50 if taking SAT with Essay)

Highest SAT Score

1600

Average SAT Score

1060

The higher you score on the SAT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.

This is how the SAT sections with its entire contents are divided.

 

Reading

Writing and Language

Math

Essay (Optional)

Order on Test

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Number of Questions

52

44

58 (20 No Calculator, 38 Calculator)

1

Question Format

Multiple choices

Multiple choices

Multiple choices, grid-ins

Essay

Time

65 minutes

35 minutes

80 minutes (25 mins No Calculator, 55 mins Calculator)

50 minutes

Skills Tested

Command of Evidence

Words in Context

Command of Evidence

Words in Context

Expression of Ideas

Standard English Conventions

Heart of Algebra

Problem Solving and Data Analysis

Passport to Advanced Math

Additional Topics in Math

Reading

Analysis

Writing

Scoring

Combined with Writing and Language for a total Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score on a scale of 200-800

Combined with Reading for a total Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score on a scale of 200-800

No Calculator and Calculator subsections are combined for a total Math score on a scale of 200-800

Three separate scores (Reading, Analysis, Writing), each on a scale of 2-8

 

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