About SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) administered by College Board, New York is required for the admission into any bachelor’s degree program. Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That’s why more than two million students take the SAT every year.

SAT Includes:

  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • SAT Subject Tests

Each edition of the SAT Reasoning Test include a Critical Reading, Math and Writing section as follows:
The Critical Reading section includes:

  • Content: Critical reading and sentence-level reading
  • Item Types: Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading
  • Time:70 min. (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section)
  • Score: 200-800

Mathematics Section includes:

  • Content: Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis
  • Item Types: Five-choice multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses
  • Time: 70 min. (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section)
  • Score: 200-800

Writing Section includes:

  • Content: Grammar, usage, and word choice
  • Item Types: Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written essay (25 min.)
  • Time: 60 min.
  • Score: 200-800

SAT Pattern

SAT exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Math, Reading, and Writing. There is an optional section which is called the Essay, which has one 50 minutes long substantial passage from which the student needs to build their argument. Students are not scored on this section. Here we cover the general SAT test pattern.

Here is the SAT paper pattern –





Score Range


80 minutes

Calculator allowed for 37 questions

Calculator not allowed for 20 questions

  • Problem-solving and data analysis
  • ‘The Heart of Algebra’
  • ‘Passport to Advanced Math’



65 minutes

Total 52 questions

  • No Sentence Completion
  • Tests understanding of passages from the US and world Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences (500-750 words)

200-800 (combined with Writing section)

Writing and Language

35 minutes

Total 44 questions

  • Tests ‘Expression of Ideas’ and ‘Standard English Conventions’ through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science
  • All questions from extended prose (400-450 words)

200-800 (combined with Reading section)

Essay (optional)

50 minutes

One 50 minutes optional essay

This section requires students to evaluate an argument through analysis of evidence

not scored


3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)

154 questions



  • Commencement of SAT 
    SAT is held 6 times in a year: May, June, October, November, December, and January

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