|Section||No of Questions||Allotted Time||Scores|
|Evidence based Reading and writing||Reading test||65||52|
|Evidence based Reading and writing||Writing and Language test||35||44|
The reading section in SAT assesses the skills that require the student to comprehend multiple texts and interpret these texts to find the answers to the questions of the concerned passage/s.
The Reading section consists of 5 passages: 4 single passages and one paired passage. Each passage has 10-11 questions. The total number of questions in the Reading test is 52. A range of reading skills are measured through different Passages from previously published resources.
This test includes passages from diverse fields: one Passage from US and word literature, two science-based passages that deal with basic concepts and developments in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one passage or a pair of passages from History / Social studies – passages focusing on U.S Founding document or work inspired by those documents.
The Questions on the reading test of SAT are multiple-choice questions followed by four answer choices. The questions fall under three categories: Information and ideas; Rhetoric; and Synthesis.
The questions in this category focus on the test taker’s ability to read the passage to determine the central ideas and theme of the passage, understand the relationship between the sentences and also between the paragraphs, and also interpreting words and phrases in the context.
The questions on this test focus on understanding the choices that authors make in analyzing the word choices, text structure, purpose, and point of view.
The questions on this category test your skills in analyzing multiple texts and Identifying the relation between informational graphics and the passage.
Writing and Language section of SAT assesses the student’s command of grammar and usage in the given underlined part/s of the passages. The questions in this section can either deal with a small part of the passage or a passage as a whole. Few questions will also require the test taker to make necessary changes to the parts of the passage to maintain the focus of the passage.
This section consists of 4 passages. Each passage is followed by 11 questions. So, to answer all the 44 questions in this section, the test taker is given a time of 35 min. Generally, a few parts of the passage are underlined. Few questions will not be having question stems. The options are directly linked to the underlined part of the passage. On the other hand, a few questions need the test taker to consider the passage as a whole. Out of the four passages, one of the passages includes informational graphics.
This test includes passages from diverse fields: Career-related topics, Humanities, Science, and History / Social studies.
The Questions on the writing and language test of SAT are multiple-choice questions followed by four answer choices, and these questions fall under two categories: Standard English Conventions and Expression of Ideas.
This question type requires the test taker to display his/her ability to correct the incorrect parts of the passage according to the standard conventions of writing. The examinee must keep a close eye on the sentence boundaries, sentence structure, shifts in tenses, agreement, comparison, and parallelism and pick the choice that best meets the standard construction. A total of 20 questions on SAT – writing and language test deals with standard English convention-related questions.
These questions will ask the student to improve the effectiveness of communication in writing. The SAT includes 24 questions from this category.
The Math test consists of 58 questions, and the examinee will be given a time period of 80 min. This section has two portions: 55 min long calculator portion that consists of 38 questions and 25 min long non-calculator portion. Out of the total 58 questions, 45 questions deal with multiple choices, while 13 questions need student-produced response. In multiple choices based questions, each question is followed by four choices. The examinee is allowed to take only Scientific calculators. For more updated information kindly check collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy
The Questions on the Math test deal with Heart of Algebra, Passport to Advanced Math, and Problem solving and Data Analysis.
It emphasizes mastery of linear equations and systems of linear equations and relationships between them.
It is about being quantitatively literate. It emphasizes on percentages, ratios, and proportional resolving.
The questions focus on the manipulation of complex equations and functions required to STEM-based- science and technology, engineering, and math career.
The test taker will receive three sectional scores after the test if the student takes the test with an essay. Evidence-based Reading and Writing is graded on a scale of 200 to 800, and the Math section is also graded at a scale of 200 to 800. These two sections make up the total score that is given on a scale of 400 to 1600.
Sat reports 3 test scores that will fall on the scale of 10-40: Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and Math test. Each question of these three tests you answer correctly will contribute to the score, which is on the scale of 10 – 40.
The test taker will be receiving two Cross test scores: Analysis in social science and Analysis in social studies. Each of these scores is reported at a scale of 10 to 40. A total of 35 questions across the three tests will contribute to the science cross-test score, and another set of 35 questions from social-based passages /questions across the tests will contribute to the social cross test score.
These scores will represent your ability to apply analytical thinking to problems and texts related to Science and Social in Reading; Writing and Language; and Math.
A more detailed understanding of your skills will be done through the evaluation of subscores. Your answers to different questions contribute seven subscores. Each subscore is reported at a scale of 1 to 15.
Evidence-based Reading section contributes two sub scores to the SAT test: Command of Evidence and Words in context. A total of 18 questions from the reading test and writing test together contribute to the Command of Evidence Subscore on a (1 -15) point scale. Also, A total of 18 questions from reading test and writing test together contribute to the Words in context Subscore on a (1 -15) point scale.
The Writing and Language section contributes two sub scores: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. AS 24 questions from Expression of Ideas contribute to one subscore on a (1 – 15) point scale, 20 questions from Standard English Conventions contribute another subscore (1 – 15).
Math section contributes three subscores: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving &Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math. The scores are reported on a scale of (1 – 15)