What the SAT is Like
How long is it?
It is long. In fact, it is almost 4 hours in length when you include the “optional” essay. It consists of 3 hours of multiple choice (and a tad bit of grid-in) testing, split into five sections, plus one 50-minute essay.
Section 1: Reading Test - 65 Minutes, 52 Questions
Section 2: Writing and Language Test - 35 Minutes, 44 Questions
Section 3: Math Test (No Calculator) - 25 Minutes, 20 Questions
Section 4: Math Test (Calculator) - 55 Minutes, 38 Questions
Section 5: Essay - 50 Minutes
What’s in each section?
- Five long passages (one of those 5 will be a ‘double passage’)
- 13-minutes per passage
- Reading comprehension
- Some chart and table analysis
Writing and Language
- Four passages
- 8-minutes, 45-seconds per passage
- Editing and rhetoric
- Logical flow
- Some chart and table analysis
- Arithmetic, including freehand calculations!
- Algebra I and Algebra II
- 25-minute no calculator section: 1-minute, 15-seconds per question
- 55-minute calculator section: almost 1-minute, 30-seconds per question
- Always the same prompt—analyzing a text—but every test will have a different passage to analyze.
- In your analysis, you have to explain how the author builds her/his argument with respect to: (1) the evidence the author draws on; (2) the development of the author’s ideas and the author’s evidentiary support of claims; (3) the stylistic or persuasive elements the author deploys in order to strengthen her/his ideas.
- Total (composite) score: 1600
- The Reading and Writing & Language tests are combined into one section called “Evidence- Based Reading and Writing.” The two Math tests are combined into one section called, “Math.” Each of these two sections—(1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and (2) Math— has a raw score that is converted to a scaled score from 200-800. Put together, the Total Score one could get on the New SAT will be between 400-1600.
- There is no penalty for guessing! Yep, wrong answers don’t hurt you. So don’t leave any questions blank!
- The essay score is separate from the composite score for the test. In other words, the essay has no effect on your overall score. Should you write the essay then? Yes!!! Colleges will still want to see how you do on this essay (though it's technically optional. Here’s how it’s scored:
- You will receive scores ranging from 2-8 in three areas: reading, analysis, and writing. Two different graders will read your essay and each grader will provide a score from 1-4 for each of those three categories. Those scores are then added up to give you your final score for each category.
- You will receive a fairly detailed score analysis from the CollegeBoard. That report will show you your scores at many levels.
- You arrange where scores are sent through the CollegeBoard website by using the Score Choice service.
- You arrange where scores are sent through the CollegeBoard website by using the Score As part of the cost for registering to take the test, the CollegeBoard will allow you to send your scores to a few schools. But additional schools will come with additional costs.
- You do have a lot of control over your success on this test. While each student’s ingoing academic skill level may vary, every student can strive to make sure that the remaining 70% of performance factors in this pie chart are hitting optimal levels.
- You have to own your test prep program. We’re here to help in every way possible, but ultimately, you have to commit yourself to this process, invest your energy, and make time to study.
- Psychological aspects are just as important as mastering test content and strategies. While we will spend ample time working on content and strategies for the test, we must never forget to continually check in on our mental status.
How’s it scored?
Do not forget to register for the test! We cannot sign you up for the SAT. You must take
care of this.
Do you have to write the essay? No, but you should do it at least once.
Can colleges read your essay? Yes.
What’s a good score?
It all depends on what your goals are. What are some schools you would like to go to? What sort of scores do those schools take?
|School||Ivy League||Just below Ivy League||Duke||UNC - Chapel Hill||NC State||Appalachian State||UNC - Greensboro||UNC - Pembroke|
Look up online the score ranges for each school you are considering and use that information to establish your target score.
A good score is meeting the goal that you set for yourself!
What determines performance on the SAT?
What percentage of test performance is determined by intelligence?
That’s right, 0%!
What does this pie chart tell us?
SAT BATCH PLAN
|Course||Start Data||End Date||Duration||Days||Timing|
|SAT||29th Jan-17||09th April–17||10 weeks||Tues,Thurs,Sat, Sun||7 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
5 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
|19th Feb–17||30th April–17||10 weeks||Mon,Wed,Fri, Sat||7 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.|
|05th March–17||14th May–17||10 weeks||Tues,Thurs,Sat, Sun||7 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
5 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
|04th June–17||30th July–17||08 weeks||Mon,Tues,Wed, Thurs,Fri,Sat||7 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
5 p.m. to 7.30 p.m