SAT Test Structure

SAT Question Types

The SAT includes several different question types, including: a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins).

 

Format and Timing

Total test time: 3 hours and 45 minutes (does not include breaks).

You’ll also get three short breaks during the test, so it is recommended to take some snack along.

 

Every SAT includes a 25-minute section, which doesn't count toward your final score. It may be a critical reading, mathematics, or multiple-choice writing section.

 

SAT Test Structure

 

Old SAT VS NEW SAT 2016

 

Old SAT

New SAT

Scoring

600 - 2400

400 - 1600
Sub score and Cross-test Scores available

Timing

3 Hours 45 Minutes

3 Hours (+50 minute optional essay)

Sections

  •   Critical Reading: 200-800
  •   Writing: 200-800
  •   Math: 200-800
  •   Essay (included in Writing score)
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Guessing Penalty

1/4 guessing penalty

no guessing penalty

Format

Available in print

Available in print or on computer

 

 

New SAT STRUCTURE

 

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Math

Sections

·  65-minute Reading section

·  35-minute Writing and Language section

·  25-minute No Calculator section

·  55-minute Calculator section

Questions

·  52 Questions (Reading)

·  44 Questions (Writing and Language)

·  20 Questions (No Calculator)

·  38 Questions (Calculator)

Score Range

200-800

200-800

 

Test Order

The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay, and the last section is always a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections. Sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections. Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (mathematics, critical reading, and writing).

 

 

Are Calculators allowed?

Yes, they are but not of all type and not in all sections. You can only use a calculator on the Math section. Scientific and Graphing calculators are allowed. Please click here for further clarification on the type of calculators you are allowed to use during SAT.