The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions offering undergraduate programs in the United States.The SAT has been redesigned for the first time in eleven years. The SAT test was redesigned in March 2016.

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.

The highest composite score for the redesigned SAT is 800+800, or 1600. The average score is 1000. Your section scores are the individual scores for the two main sections of the SAT: reading/writing and math. Each of these sections is scored out of 800, and they are added together to get your overall score.

The new scoring model will provide enriched score reports to help you understand your individual strengths and areas for improvement.

In recent years, the act surpassed the SAT as the most widely used college admissions entrance exam. In response to both its loss of market share and criticisms about the very substance of the exam, the SAT is launching an entirely redesigned exam in the spring of 2016.

  • The SAT is now scored out of 1600.
  • The Reading and Writing sections on the current SAT have been combined into a single section in the new SAT, with a maximum score of 800. Writing is now known as "Writing and Language."
  • The Math section is still scored out of 800.
  • The Essay is optional and has changed dramatically.
  • Instead of 5 answer choices for each question, there will be only 4.
Order Section Time in Minutes No. of Questions Time per question
1 Reading 65 52 75 seconds
2 Writing and LAnguage 35 44 48 seconds
3 Math No Calculator 25 20 75 seconds
4 Math Calculator 55 38 77 seconds
5 Essay (optional) 50 1
Total: 3 hours, 50 minutes (3 hours without essay) 154 (+ essay prompt)

The only exception is Math, which is divided for the first time into a “calculator permitted” and a “calculator prohibited” section. The Essay section now comes at the end of the SAT, and the decision to take it is left up to the student.

The Reading Section:

The Reading section measures your ability to understand and analyze written material. The reading section always has five passages, each accompanied by 10-11 corresponding questions.

The passages vary in genre, purpose, subject, and complexity. Some passages will include informational graphs, such as tables, graphs, and charts. You will be expected to understand both the graphics and any connections/relationships between the information in graphics and the information found in the passage.

The Writing and Language Section:

The ability to write well is a critical skill, both in college and in the workforce. The Writing and Language section is designed to test two components of the writing process:

  • Rhetorical skills: these questions test how well you can revise and edit text to improve the expression of ideas. Specifically, these
  • Questions examine your ability to organize passages, paragraphs, and sentences; extract the main ideas and purposes of passages.
  • Coordinate supporting details in passages; and conform sentences to the overall tone of a passage.
  • Usage and mechanics: these questions test how well you can correct errors in sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.

The Math Sections:

The math sections measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. The math required for these sections is typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis.

  • No Calculator section: 25 minutes, 20 questions (15 multiple choice questions; 5 grid-in questions)
  • Calculator section: 55 minutes, 38 questions (30 multiple choice questions; 8 grid-in questions)