What is the SAT?

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. SAT was developed and is administered by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. SAT was originally introduced as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, but the name was later changed to the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT. The current test that is used today was introduced in 2005, when there was a written portion that was added to the exam. The added writing now makes the test a 3 hour and a 45 minute to finish.

Most students take the test more than once in hope of improving their skills, because the average student will get a higher score the second time because he or she will now know what to expect.

What does the SAT consist of?

The new SAT test pattern 2016 has, essentially, four sections- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Reading Test, Writing and Language Test and Math while the Essay is optional. As per the SAT 2016 test pattern, a total of 154 questions is asked in the SAT test 2016 including 1 essay question.. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200-800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of all the sections. Each of the three major sections are divided into three parts, with 10 sub-sections. There is also an additional experimental section that is an additional 25 minutes; this section can be in any one of the three different sections. This experimental section is not counted toward your own score. It is simply to help normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT. Here is some more in-depth information about each of the separate major sections:


It is widely known as the Quantitative Section or Calculation Section. It consists of three different scored sections. It is broken down, time wise, into two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section.

One of the 25-minute sections is entirely multiple choice with 20 questions.

The other 25 minute section has 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. For grid-in questions, test takers write the answers inside a grid on the answer sheet.

The 20 minute section consists of 16 questions with all multiple choice.

Critical Reading

The Critical Reading section is also made up of two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section.

The Critical Reading section has varying types of questions, including sentence completion and questions on short and long reading passages.

The majority of the critical reading section is made up of passages followed by questions. The number of questions about each passage is proportional to the length of the passage.

Generally, during the Critical Reading section, questions at the beginning are easier and questions at the end are harder.


Many people think that it is simply an essay, but the Writing section of the SAT also includes a few multiple choice questions. This section was implemented in March 2005.

The multiple choice questions include sentence improvement questions, error identification questions and paragraph improvement questions.

The essay section, which is administered as the first section of the test, is 25 minutes long. All essay portions are responses to prompts that are given to the students.

SAT Test Preparation Tips and Strategies

Take it more than once! This is, by far, what will improve your score the most. Many students go into the test “cold turkey,” without having studied at all. It is easiest to get a feel for the exam when you have taken it before. After having taken it once, take practice tests and study with other people that need to take the test. There are many SAT practice manuals that have tests that are very similar to the actual exam.

Also, be sure you familiarize yourself with all of the materials that you are allowed to use in the exam. For instance, many sections in the Mathematics section allow you to use a calculator. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the calculator that you plan to use in the exam so that you can do problems quickly. The more you practice, the quicker you will be able to do the problems. Because SAT is a timed test, it is very important to be able to think quickly.

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