The SAT is a paper-pencil test, developed by College Board. There are three sections on the redesigned SAT: Evidence – Based Reading and Writing, Math, and Essay. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section has two tests: Reading Test and Writing and Language Test. Math and Essay sections have one test each. The Essay on the redesigned SAT is optional for students.
The number of passages for the Reading Test comprises of 4 individual passages and one pair of passages. Each passage consists of about 500 to 750 words, followed by 10 to 11 questions and the allotted time to complete the SAT test is 65 minutes.
The number of passages for the Writing and Language Test is four. Each passage consists of around 400 to 450 words, followed by 11 questions and the allotted time to complete the SAT test is 35 minutes.
The Math Test has two portions: Calculator Portion and No-Calculator Portion. The number of questions in the Calculator Portion is 38, with an allotted time limit of 55 minutes. On the other hand, the number of questions in No-Calculator Portion is 20, with an allotted time limit of 25 minutes.
The Essay test includes only one prompt or question. The allotted time to complete the SAT essay is 50 minutes. Even though the essay is optional, most schools recommend or require it.