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SAT is a pencil-paper based test that assesses a candidate’s skills and knowledge of the education received in high school. SAT consists of two major section – Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math. They are further divided into two sections each.
Questions asked in the SAT are from the curriculum of high schools. Both sections, EBRW and Math, are scored on a range of 200-800. The test also has a section of Essay of 50 minutes. Even though optional, it is required by a number of colleges using SAT. The score range for Essay section is 2 to 8.

  1. Both sections of EBRW questions are multiple-choice questions.
  2. Math is divided into two sets of questions – one to be attempted without using calculator and one with calculator.
  3. Most of the Mathematics questions are MCQs; some questions are grid-ins i.e. students must solve and fill in the answer on the bubble sheet.
  4. The exam is 3 hours long. SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes long.
  5. There is a time limit of 100 minutes to attempt EBRW and 80 minutes for Math.

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

  1. 52 multiple choice questions in 5 passages to be attempted in 65 minutes
  2. One literary passage from American or International work of fiction like short stories or novels
  3. One passage or a pair of passages from U.S. founding documents or Great Global Conversation on topics like freedom, justice and human dignity A selection of passages on economics, psychology, sociology, etc.
  4. Two passages from work of science
  5. Students are required to read the passage and answer the question by telling a story or making an argument or explaining a study or experiment

Writing and Language Test

  1. 44 multiple choice questions in 4 passages to be attempted in 35 minutes
  2. Requires students to revise and edit passages
  3. Topics explored are career, science, humanities, history and social science
  4. Passage writing modes are narrative, argumentative and informative/explanatory
  5. At least one passage on each of the above writing modes is present

SAT Mathematics

  1. Comprised of two sub parts - math with calculator and math without calculator
  2. 58 questions to be attempted in 80 minutes
  3. 80% of questions are multiple choice while 20% are grid ins
  4. Math with calculator has 30 multiple choice questions and 8 grid in questions
  5. Math without calculator has 15 multiple choice questions and 5 grid in questions
  6. A set of formula and references are provided at the beginning of the test
  7. The section is given specific attention for students going for science, technology, engineering or math
  8. Questions are framed in real-life settings on topics from science, social science, and career contexts.

SAT Essay
Essay is optional but is required by most colleges to get a deeper insight into a student’s personality and his/her thought process

  1. You must pay charges additional to basic SAT registration fee to take the Essay section
  2. Students are required to write an essay on the topic given based on a passage within 50 minutes
  3. Students must consider and explain how the author evidence, reasoning and styling elements to make the passage convincing in their essays
  4. Three separate scores on a range of 2-8 is given
  5. The essay sections helps students assess their skills in –
    1. Reading - how well a student could comprehend the passage
    2. Analysis - how well a student analyzed the author’s argument in the passage
    3. Writing - how well a student could structure his/her response