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What is SAT?

The SAT is a standardized test for most college admissions in the United States. It was first called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test. The SAT Reasoning Test is used by colleges and universities in the USA as a sort of entrance exam. About 2 million college-bound students take it every year, American and international. The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States and six times at international sites. The exam, known formerly as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, focuses on three areas: “Critical Reading”, “Mathematics”, and “Writing”. Each section is scored out of 800 possible points, and the maximal score is 2,400. The exam consists of nine sections: seven sections of 25 minutes, one section of 20 minutes, and one section of 10 minutes. These sections are largely multiple-choice: your aim is to select the correct answer choice from the five options given. In total, the SAT lasts just under three and a half hours, with 160 multiple-choice questions and 10 “Student Produced Response” questions. The exam features 67 Critical Reading questions, 54 Math questions, and 49 Writing questions, plus an essay.

Critical Reading

The Critical Reading section includes questioning on:
  • Sentence Completion questions
  • Passage-based Reading Comprehension questions

Click here to see sample Critical Reading problems from the SAT exam.


The Math section includes questioning on:
  • Algebra & Functions
  • Geometry & Measurement
  • Numbers & Operations
  • Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability

Click here to see Math problems from the SAT exam.


The Writing section includes questioning on:
  • Improving Sentences questions
  • Identifying Errors questions
  • Improving Paragraphs questions

Click here to see Writing problems from the SAT exam.