• SAT



    The Math Section

    The math sections measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. These sections focus on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra. To test these skills, the SAT employs two different question types:

    • Multiple-Choice
    • Grid-Ins


    The multiple-choice questions carry a .25-point penalty for incorrect answers. The grid-in questions carry no penalty for wrong answers, because the likelihood of guessing the correct answer is negligible.

    The format of the three sections is:

    • 25 minutes: 20 Multiple-Choice questions
    • 25 minutes: 8 Multiple-Choice questions followed by 10 Grid-ins.
    • 20 minutes: 16 Multiple-Choice questions


    The Writing Section

    The writing section measures a student’s ability to recognize and conform to the conventions of standard written English. This section consists of one student-written essay and multiple-choice questions. The multiple-choice questions carry a .25-point penalty for incorrect answers. The writing section contains three types of multiple-choice questions:

    • Identifying Sentence Errors
    • Improving Sentences
    • Improving Paragraphs


    The format of the two multiple-choice sections is :

    • 25 minutes: 11 Improving Sentence questions, 18 Identifying Sentence Error questions, and 6 Improving Paragraphs questions
    • 10 minutes: 14 Improving Sentence questions








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    The experimental section of the SAT is an additional 25-minute section. It can be a math, critical reading, or grammar section. It does not count towards the examinee’s score. The inclusion of this section within the SAT ensures a more fair and balanced scoring method, and allows the College Board to compile data on previously unreleased questions