About the SAT

What is the SAT?

The SAT is a university admission test that is recognized globally. It measures your reading, writing and math abilities. Your SAT score helps determine which American universities you can attend in the US and internationally.

Scoring

  • Score is based out of 1600 points - 800 for Math; 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Optional essay will receive a separate score
  • Subscores and insight scores available.
  • No wrong answer penalty

Anatomy

  • 1 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test; 65-minute Reading section, 35-minute Language and Writing section
  • 1 Math test; 55-minute section with calculator, 25-minute section without calculator
  • 4 answer choices for multiple choice questions
  • 1 essay test (optional but most universities will require it; 50 minutes in length)

Timing

3 hours; 3 hours 50 minutes with optional essay

Pricing

$46 USD + Non U.S Regional Fee (without essay) / $60 USD + Non U.S Regional Fee (with optional essay)

Scoring

  • Score is based out of 1600 points - 800 for Math; 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Optional essay will receive a separate score
  • Subscores and insight scores available.
  • No wrong answer penalty

Administration

  • Available digitally and in print
  • Questions focus on in-depth analysis of content

Essay

  • Students have 50 minutes to analyze a 650-750 word document and draft an essay
  • Tests reading, analysis and writing skills; requires students to analyze a source document and explain how the author builds an arguement
  • Optional, however most universities will require the essay. Please check with the university you want to attend.

Math

  • Concentrated focus on problem-solving and data analysis, "The Heart of Algebra,” “Passport to Advanced Math"
  • Real-world problem-solving accompanied by informational graphics
  • Calculator permitted for 37 questions, not permitted for 20 questions
  • Multiple choice and grid-in questions, 1 enhanced grid-in question

Reading and Writing

  • Reading and Writing combined into "Evidence-Based Reading and Writing"
  • Reading section does not contain Sentence Completions
  • Tests understanding on passages from U.S. and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-850 words)
  • Writing and language: tests "Expression of Ideas" and "Standard English Conventions" through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science
  • Questions pull from extended prose (400-450 words)
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