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About the SAT Exam

The SAT is the oldest and probably the best-known college admissions test. Most schools accept SAT scores for admissions and also use them to award scholarships. The SAT Test serves a similar purpose as the ACT Test.

Students typically take the test in the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year. There are seven SAT Test Dates for the U.S.

The SAT measures a student's reading, writing, and mathematics capabilities. SAT Test Scores range from 200 to 800 for each section, for a total potential score of 2400. The SAT also includes an optional essay.

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  1. About the SAT
  2. Contact Dr. Donnelly about SAT lessons
  3. Read our SAT students' reviews
  4. The SAT - Section by Section
    1. Evidence-based Reading Section
    2. Writing and Language Section
    3. Math (Calculator & No-Calculator Sections)
    4. Essay Section (Optional)
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SAT Overview

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The SAT Exam

There are two main sections on the SAT: the Mathematics Section and the Critical Reading & Writing Section. Both of these sections have scores ranging from 200-800. Hence, your total potential score on the SAT is 1600. In addition to these scores, you will also receive an essay score (ranging from 2 to 12). The test lasts 3 hours (without an essay) or 3 and 50 minutes (with an essay).

Your main scores on the SAT are derived by giving you 1 point for a correct answer and subtracting 1/4 point for an incorrect answer. Any questions that you skip are not counted toward your score. This raw score is then converted into a scaled score (in the range of 200-800) by a statistical process referred to as "equating.”

The test itself includes four timed sections. Click on the links below to learn more about.

i. Evidence-based Reading,

ii. Writing and Language,

iii. Math (Calculator & No-Calculator Sections),

iv. Essay (Optional).

Evidence-Based Reading Section of the SAT

Evidence-Based Reading Section of the PSAT<

The Evidence-Based Reading section of the SAT lasts 60 minutes and contains 52 questions. Your score on this section will range from 100-400 (half of the available score for the Critical Reading & Writing Section).

This section has questions based on paragraphs and graphics: one passage is chosen from world or U.S. classic literature. The second passage is either from a U.S. founding document or may be taken from the Great Global Conversation. The third paragraph is related to topics such as economics, sociology, and psychology. The last two paragraphs are usually science-based.

Command of evidence questions will provide four excerpts from the passage and ask you to determine the best evidence for the previous question. Questions about words in context will focus on secondary word meanings.

Some SAT Reading Test questions will ask you to examine hypotheses, interpret data presented in various ways, and conduct other analyses based only on what is stated or implied in the passage.

Writing and Language Section of the SAT

Writing and Language Section of the PSAT

The Writing and Language section of the SAT lasts 35 minutes and contains 44 questions. Your score on this section will range from 100-400 (half of the available score for the Critical Reading & Writing Section).

This section tests your ability to identify and fix grammatical errors and revise words and phrases to improve the text. Some of the topics within the Standard English Conventions topic include verb agreement, punctuation use, and parallel construction. In the Expression of Ideas category, you'll be tested on the placement of sentences and the purpose of transition words or phrases within the text.

Math Section of the SAT

<strong>Math Section of the SAT</strong>

The Mathematics section of the SAT lasts 80 minutes and contains 58 questions. Your score on this section will range from 200-800. This section is split into two parts: one that allows calculator use and one that does not.

There are both multiple choice questions with four answer choices and short answer grid-in questions with answer choices that include digits 0–9, the period/decimal point (.), and the division/fraction bar (/). Some questions include two related parts where information from the first part is used to answer the question in the second part.

i. Math (No Calculator)

This section last 25 minutes and contains 20 questions. It contains both multiple-choice and grid-in questions.

ii. Math (Calculator Allowed)

This section last 55 minutes and contains 38 questions. It contains both multiple-choice and grid-in questions.

Essay Section of the SAT

Essay Section of the SAT

The Essay section of the SAT lasts 50 minutes. Students are given a substantial passage (600–700 words) and will then be asked to analyze how the author built their argument; students will need to understand the techniques authors used to write persuasively. Essay prompts no longer ask for the student's stance on the subject.

The essay is scored on a scale of 2-8. This is not combined with the Reading and Writing section score of 800.