A breakdown of SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions in USA. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.  

The following chart breaks down the format of the test :

OrderSectionTime in Minutes# of QuestionsTime per question
1Reading655275 seconds
2Writing and Language354448 seconds
3Math No Calculator252075 seconds
4Math Calculator553877 seconds
5Essay (optional)501
Total:3 hours, 50 minutes (3 hours without essay)154 (+1 essay prompt)

 SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.

The Basics

  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas:






  • languages, mathematics and science. 
  • Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
  • Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.

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