GENERAL ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
If you’re interested in the SAT, ACT, GRE, or another standardized test, don’t just pick a date out of thin air and head off to the testing center. Strategy is involved in preparing for college and university exams.
The SAT: What’s What?
The SAT is a standard college entrance exam that measures skills in math, reading, and writing. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections are 65 minutes of Reading with 52 questions, 35 minutes of Writing and Language with 44 questions. The Math section consists of a 25 minute no calculator section of 20 questions, and a 55 minute calculator section with 38 questions. The total test time is 3 hours and 45 minutes.
The SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections present you with reading comprehension questions about full-length and paragraph-length passages.
The new SAT Math Test will test certain topics in math as well as your ability to use reasoning and critical thinking to solve real-world problems. Topics include Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math.
Each section is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. The Optional Essay is graded separately by two people on three dimensions: reading, analysis, and writing. Overall SAT scores can range from 400 to 1600.