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About the SAT

The SAT has four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (with calculator). There is also an optional essay that is recommended or required by some colleges.


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Math

80 Minutes

58 Questions

Testing algebra, problem solving, data analysis, and advanced math

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Reading

65 Minutes

52 Questions

Understanding complex passages and identifying words in context

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Writing and Language

35 Minutes

44 Questions

Targeting grammar and argument-building abilities

Essay*

50 Minutes

*Optional

Some schools may require the Essay, so be sure to ask before you take the SAT.

Scoring the test


The SAT is scored on a 1600-point scale, with the Math and the Reading/Writing sections each awarded between 200 and 800 points. The optional essay is evaluated separately and doesn’t factor into the overall score. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it’s always better to guess if you’re not sure. Find out what makes a good SAT score.

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Practice makes perfect


Taking the PSAT is a great way to practice for the SAT, and could make it easier to afford college. Your score on the PSAT can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Awards.

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