SAT PREP COURSE

About the SAT Test


Formerly known as the SAT: Reasoning Test or the SAT I

Over time there has always been a certain amount of criticism about the SAT. This is not surprising, for the SAT has been revised numerous times in its several decade-old history. As a result of significant pressure from some of the test maker’s top customers and competitors, a new version of the SAT was adopted in 2016.

Formatting & Scoring

The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections and the two Mathematics sections are scored from 200 to 800, with a combined “perfect score” of 1600. Also, the overall time of the test has been reduced from 4 hours to a 3-hour format. This does not include the 50 minute optional essay.

The SAT has 5 sections:

  • This entirely multiple choice section has 4 individual passages and 1 pair of passages. There will be 10-11 questions per passage for a total of 52 questions over 65 minutes.
  • Sentence Completion sections have not been retained, so vocabulary memorization has been deemphasized. However, vocabulary will continue to be tested with Vocab-In-Context questions.
  • The new Writing section is 35 minutes long and contains 44 questions spread evenly over 4 passages (11 questions per passage).
  • This multiple choice section has questions covering spotting grammatical errors in sentences, improving sentence construction and grammar as well as looking for punctuation errors.
  • The Math section has been broken into 2 sections. There is a 25 minute no calculator section with 20 questions and a 55 minute, 38 question section that allows calculators.
  • The questions incorporate more advanced concepts normally learned in the third year of US high school math class (Algebra II).
  • Added concepts include exponential growth, absolute value and properties of tangent lines.
  • The Math section has been broken into 2 sections. There is a 25 minute no calculator section with 20 questions and a 55 minute, 38 question section that allows calculators.
  • The questions incorporate more advanced concepts normally learned in the third year of US high school math class (Algebra II).
  • Added concepts include exponential growth, absolute value and properties of tangent lines.
  • One of the biggest changes to the redesigned SAT is the essay, and specifically that the essay will now be optional and not included in your final numerical score.
  • The new SAT essay is evaluated based on three specific criteria: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. Each of these criteria will be scored on a scale of 2-8 yielding a total score range of 6-24