General Information about the SAT
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes. It is made up three different subjects: math, critical reading, and writing. Each subject is graded equally on a 200 to 800 point scale for a maximum maximum possible score of 2400. Here is a break down of the sections on the SAT.
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The math section of the SAT is made up of fill-in and multiple choice questions. The math included on the exam includes basic math fundamentals, algebra, geometry, and an assortment of other topics. However, to do well on this section, students are not required to know complex math topics such as trigonometry or calculus. Basic knowledge of algebra and geometry is all you need. Also, all of the complicated formulas you will need are all provided for you.
You are allowed to use a calculator on the exam. This makes the test far easier and should help you avoid careless errors. When it doubt, use your trusty calculator. We recommend a graphing or scientific calculator, but any calculator will do.
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Critical Reading Section
The critical reading section is made up of multiple choice questions. This section includes sentence completion, short passage, and long passage questions. The better your vocabulary, reading comprehension skills, and critical thinking skills, the better you will do on this section. You don't have to have any outside knowledge for this section, just bring your reading glasses and be ready to think.
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The writing section consists of multiple choice questions and a short essay. These sections test basic grammar and writing. To do well on the multiple choice portion, study basic grammar rules like noun agreement and verb tense. You will need to be able to identify sentence errors and improve sentence and paragraph structure. No need to know what a dangling modifier is or know every grammar rule in the book, but a good ear for grammar with basic knowldge of grammar rules will definitely help.
If you would like more information about the Writing Section including short video lessons on specific techniques and other discussions, visit our SAT Reading & Writing Video page.
In the essay, you will be tested more broadly on your writing profficiency. Your essay is scored on a scale of 1 to 6 and is graded by two examiners who are looking for your ability to organize, express an idea, and support your idea while using proper sentence and paragraph structure. This is where you bring it all together: vocabulary, grammar, critical thinking skills, etc.
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