SAT Test Pattern

Please find below a quick overview of SAT Test Pattern:

Evidence based Reading and Writing Score range 200-800
  Test   Content Question types Number of questions and time allotted
  Reading Genre of passages:
  • Classic or contemporary literature
  • U.S. founding document or a text from the ‘Great Global’ conversation
 
  • Social sciences
 
  • Sciences
  • Multiple-choice questions based on 4 individual passages
 
  • One paired passage with multiple-choice questions addressing either or both passages.
 
  • Questions test ability to interpret detail; identify structure /purpose, understand vocabulary in context and analyze passages
  • Each question has 4 answer choices
 
  • Some questions have tables, charts, graphs or some other info graphic
 
  • 52 questions from 6 passages
 
  • 10-12 questions per passage
  • 65 minutes for entire section
Writing and Language Genre of passages
  • Careers
  • History/Social Studies
 
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Multiple-choice questions based on 4 individual passages.
 
  • Questions test grammar, word choice, punctuation and many ask to improve meaning, style, or flow of ideas.
  • Each question has 4 answer choices.
 
  • Some questions have
tables, charts, graphs or some other info graphic
  • 44 questions from 4 passages
 
  • 11 questions per passage
 
  • 35 minutes for the entire section

 Math Score Range 200-800
  Test   Content Question types Number of questions and time allotted
Math The Math Test focuses on 3 core areas that are described as:
  • Heart of Algebra or mastery of linear equations and systems
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis or  being quantitatively literate
  • Passport to Advanced Math or  manipulation of complex equations
Concepts from:
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
 
Multiple-choice with 4 answer choices per question Grid-In questions in which test takers have to enter answers in the grid provided Of the two sections only 1 allows the use of a calculator 58 questions
  • 45 Multiple choice
 
  • 13 Grid In questions
80 minutes for entire section With calculator section- 55 minutes Without calculatorsection- 25 minutes

ESSAY Score Range 2-8
Essay Analysis of use of evidence reasoning and rhetoric in a source text that is always taken from published works The essay task requires reading  a given text and analyzing how  the author builds the  argument, using specific elements from the text to support reasoning 50 minutes for entire section 01 task Free response   The Essay section is optional