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About SAT

SAT is a nationally administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test that helps colleges evaluate candidates.

Generally, you'll take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year. This allows you enough time to re-take the test during the fall of your senior year if you're not satisfied with your score.

NEW SAT FORMAT

The new SAT is a 3 hour 50 minute exam (including an optional essay which takes 50 minutes), consisting of five sections: Reading, Writing, Math (with calculator), Math (no calculator), and Essay (optional). 

SAT Test Section# of Questions and TypesContentTiming
Evidence-based
reading & writing
Reading
52 standard multiple-choice

 

Writing
44 standard multiple-choice

  • Relevant words in context
    (Reading, Writing)
  • Command of evidence
    (Reading, Writing)
  • Expression of ideas
    (Writing)
  • Standard English conventions
    (Writing)
100 minutes
Reading
One 65-minute section

 

Writing
One 35-minute section

Mathematics
45 standard multiple-choice
13 student-produced response
  • The heart of algebra
  • Passport to advanced math
  • Problem solving & data analysis
80 minutes
One 25-minute section (no calculator)
One 55-minute section (calculator allowed)
Essay
(optional)
1 evidence-based essay
  • Analyzing a source
50 minutes
One 50-minute essay

 

NEW SAT SCORING/GUESSING PENALTY

College Board will no longer deduct any points for an incorrect question. This means that you should not leave any questions blank on the test. With the longer sections however, pacing and timing, which your tutor will help you master, are critical.


The new SAT scoring model has become more complex, providing a more detailed analysis and breakdown of students’ scores. Area scores, each scored out of 800, are combined to create a composite score for a maximum possible score of 1600. For a more detailed breakdown of what each score means, please see the table below.

 

Score TypeScore RangeDetails
Composite Score
400-1600
  • This score is the sum of the two area scores
Area Scores

Evidence-based reading & writing
Math

200-800
  • The Evidence-based reading and writing score is the sum
    of the Reading test score and Writing & Language test score
Test Scores

Reading
Writing & Language
Math

10-40
  • These scores tell you how you performed on individual test sections
Essay

(scored separately)

6-24
  • The essay is scored in three categories:
    Reading, Analysis, and Writing
  • Each category is scored from 2-8
Cross-Test Scores

History/Social Studies
Science

10-40
  • These scores reflect your performance, categorized by the context of each question
  • Questions may span different test sections.
Subscores

Relevant words in context (R, W&L)
Command of evidence (R, W&L)
Expression of ideas (W&L)
Standard English convention (W&L)
Heart of algebra (M)
Passport to advanced mathematics (M)
Problem solving & data analysis (M)

1-15
  • These 7 subscores will tell you how you did on specific question types or content.
  • Some subscores pull questions from multiple tests.

    R – Reading test
    W&L – Writing & Language test
    M – Math test

 

Stay-Ahead™ Reading

  • Novice (6th Grade)
  • Intermediate (7th Grade)
  • Proficient (8th Grade)
  • Advanced (9th Grade)
  • Superior (10th Grade)

Stay-Ahead™ Writing

  • Novice (6th Grade)
  • Intermediate (7th Grade)
  • Proficient (8th Grade)
  • Advanced (9th Grade)
  • Superior (10th Grade)

Stay-Ahead™ Mathematics

  • Mathematics Core
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry

Standardized Tests

  • SAT
  • PSAT
  • DukeTIP SAT
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