The SAT is the nation's most widely used college admissions test and is accepted by virtually all American colleges and universities.Back to the Top
The test is divided into ten sections, each of which falls into one of three topics: Reading, Math, or Writing. The first section of the test is always the essay, which counts towards the writing score.
After the writing section there will be 6 long sections, comprised of two Reading sections, two Math sections, one multiple-choice writing section, and an experimental, unscored section which will not be identified as experimental and which may be Reading, Math, or Writing. (Note: The experimental section is not included in Choice Tutoring's practice tests.)
Finally, there will be a short Reading, a short Math, and a very short multiple-choice Writing.Back to the Top
The timings for both the standard SAT and the extended-time SAT are shown in the table below.
|Long Sections (1-7)||25 minutes apiece||38 minutes apiece|
|Short Sections (8-9)||20 minutes apiece||30 minutes apiece|
|Very Short Section (10)||10 minutes||15 minutes|
|Total Time||3 hours, 45 minutes||5 hours, 31 minutes|
The SAT test dates and registration dates are found at this website
There are three ways you can register for the SAT:
Registration for the SAT costs $45. If you miss the registration date for the test, you can still register before the Late Registration deadline, but you will be charged an additional late fee.Back to the Top
Obtaining extended time for the SAT is a multi-step process. If you want extended time, you should begin by talking to your school counselor. Additional information can be found on the College Board SAT Accommodations page.Back to the Top
There are three sections on the test: Reading, Math, and Writing. For each section, the student will be given a score from 200 to 800. These section scores will then be combined to give the composite score, which ranges from 600 to 2400. These are known as the scaled scores.
The scaled scores are based on the raw scores for each section. The raw score for a section is calculated by taking the number of correct answers and subtracting one quarter of the number of incorrect answers. This score will then be compared to those of other test takers to obtain the scaled score.
There are a couple of things to take note of. First, the score from the essay portion of the test accounts for approximately one third of the total writing section score. Also, there are Math section questions called "Student-Produced Response Questions" which do not count against the student if answered incorrectly.Back to the Top
The essay is graded by two separate essay graders using this Scoring Guide on a scale of 0 to 6. The two scores are then added together to produce the final score. If, however, there is more than a point difference between the two scores, an additional grader will be brought in to ensure fairness.Back to the Top
Up-to-date information on this year's average SAT scores can be found on here.Back to the Top
Generally, scores are available online 2 weeks after the day of the test. You should receive them in the mail in about 4 to 6 weeks.Back to the Top
There are several things you MUST bring with you to the test:
In addition to these required items, you should also bring:
The following items are not allowed, and should be left in the car or at home: