The Reading Section takes written material and evaluates your capability to understand it. This section has five passages. The amount of questions per passage varies but is usually 10 to 11 questions.
These passages in the Reading Section include varying diagrams, informational graphs, or tables. The passages differ in subject and may be more complex than others. You will see different genres within each passage as well as different purposes. You will need to be able to connect relevance between the graphics and the contents of the passage. The association with the passage to the graphics/graphs will be crucial to the understanding of the questions/answers.
The Writing and Language Section:
Writing well is a fundamental skill in both colleges and the workplace. The writing and Language section incorporates 2 key components of the writing process:
- Usage and mechanics: This component will challenge your ability to correct errors in sentence structure, punctuation, and utilization.
- Rhetorical skills: This component will challenge your ability to structure passages, conform sentences to the overall theme of the passage, and coordinate supporting details in stories.
The Math Sections
The Math portion determines a student’s capability to solve mathematical problems, reason quantitatively, and interpret data presented in graph format. These skills are typically acquired in the first three years of your education in high school. These subjects are Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, and Data Analysis.
- The SAT no calculator portion of the Math Test consists of 20 Questions, to be completed in 25 min, (15 multiple choice questions; 5 Student-Produced Response questions)
- The SAT calculator portion of the Math Test consists of 38 Questions, to be completed in 55 min, (30 multiple choice questions; 8 Student-Produced Response questions)
The Essay Section
The essay section of the SAT challenges students to analyze a passage and explain the author’s persuasive argument. This portion of the test is graded by two examiners that score based on the reading, analysis, and writing structure of the essay. Each examiner will score between 1-4 points per criteria. Each of the two examiners combine their score for an overall 2-8 point awarding range. The SAT essay is optional, but highly recommended because many colleges require an essay to be scored with all SAT submissions.