SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is widely used to enrol in the universities of the United States of America. It takes 3 hours to complete and 50 more minutes for SAT with essay. Possible scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: Mathematics and Critical reading and Writing. The test is designed to measure critical thinking and analytical skills. The new SAT has an optional, 50-minute essay component that will be given at the end of the SAT. Postsecondary institutions will determine whether they will require the Essay for admission.

Part Format Duration
EVIDENCE-BASED READING & WRITING Reading - 52 standard multiple-choice
Writing - 44 standard multiple-choice
100 minutes Reading
One 65-minute section Writing
One 35-minute section
MATHEMATICS 45 standard multiple-choice
13 student-produced response
80 minutes
One 25-minute section (no calculator)
One 55-minute section (calculator allowed)
ESSAY (OPTIONAL) 1 evidence-based essay 50 minutes
One 50-minute essay

  1. The SAT is a 3 hour 50 minute exam (including an optional essay which takes 50 minutes)

  2. Test consist of four sections: Reading, Writing, Maths (with calculator& with no calculator), and Essay (optional)

  3. Each section scored out of 800, are combined to create a composite score for a maximum possible score of 1600.

  4. College Board does not deduct any points for an incorrect question.

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