The SAT is still used as one of the primary tests that colleges and universities use in admissions and scholarship decisions. The redesigned SAT, which began use in March 2016, has a stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. It contains a greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact.Reserve Assessment
The SAT has four tests: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and an optional Essay.
The Reading test is the first part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, and is 65 minutes long. All Reading test questions are multiple choice and are based on passages and infographics from historical literature, social science texts, and scientific papers. No prior topic-specific knowledge is required.
The Writing and Language test is the second part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, and is 35 minutes long. Like the Reading test, questions are multiple choice and based mostly on non-fictional passages. Again, no prior topic-specific knowledge is required.
The Math test includes a 55 minute section "with calculator" and a 25 minute section "without calculator". Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some will be student-produced responses (grid-ins). The test covers all math practices, with an emphasis on problem solving, modeling, using appropriate tools strategically, and recognizing and using algebraic structure.
The Essay test is optional and students are allotted 50 minutes. The Essay will determine whether students can demonstrate college and career readiness proficiency in reading, writing, and analysis. Students will be asked to read a passage, explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience, and support their explanation with evidence from the passage.