SAT* Test Breakdown
Almost all fouryear colleges in the United
States require the SAT Reasoning Test for admission. The SAT Reasoning Test was
formerly known as either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the SAT I, and is now
commonly called the SAT test. The SAT test has been developed by the College
Board to measure the academic skills that will be necessary for success in
college. The SAT test has three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and
Writing. The Critical Reading section lasts for 70 minutes, broken up into two
25minute sections and a 20minute section. Students will be presented with
passages of varying length, followed by multiplechoice questions. These
questions will evaluate the student’s ability to complete sentences and evaluate
a long passage. Analogies are no longer a part of the SAT test. The Mathematics
section lasts for 70 minutes, broken up into two 25minute sections and a
20minute section. Students will be presented with questions in the following
content areas: number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; and
statistics, probability, and data analysis. Some of the questions will be in
multiplechoice format, while others will require the student to complete the
problem on a special grid. Although students will be allowed to use a calculator
in the Mathematics section, the test has been designed so that every problem can
be completed without a calculator. The Writing section is the newest addition to
the SAT test; it lasts for 60 minutes, which are divided into 35 minutes of
multiplechoice questions and a 25minute essay. The multiplechoice questions
will assess the student’s ability to improve sentences and paragraphs, and
identify linguistic errors. The short essay section will assess the student’s
ability to organize and express ideas, develop and support a thesis, and use
language appropriately. Besides the Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
sections, there will also be a 25minute unscored section used to develop future
versions of the exam. The multiplechoice questions in this section may pertain
to any of the three content areas. The short essay is always the first section
of the SAT test, and the Writing multiplechoice questions are always the last;
otherwise, the sections of the exam may be administered in any order. 138 of the
questions on the exam will be scored; the raw score is the number of questions
answered correctly minus a fraction of a point for every wrong answer. this raw
score will then be converted into a scaled score. Students will receive scores
for each of the three sections on a scale of 200 to 800. These scores are
combined to calculate the total score. The SAT test is offered around seven
times every school year at locations around the country.
New version of the SAT test:
SECTION 
Total amount of
time allotted 
Critical Reading 
70 min 
Mathematics 
70 min 
Writing (multiple
choice) 
25 min 
Writing (essay) 
25 min 
