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About the SAT®

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.

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Key Features of the Redesigned SAT:

  • No penalty for wrong answers. Unlike the previous version of the SAT, wrong answers will not be deducted from students’ scores, allowing students the freedom to make educated guesses.
  • “Real-World” vocabulary. In place of words such as “arcane” and “alacrity,” the SAT now tests students’ ability to understand words “in context” and derives its vocabulary from real-world English as it is used in college and the workplace.
  • One less distractor. Multiple choice questions include only four answer choices (A, B, C, and D).
  • Revamped optional Essay. The previous version of the SAT asked students to write opinion-style essays. Now students must write evidence-based essays based on the passages they read. Additionally, the Essay is now an optional section that is reported separately from the rest of the test.
  • More Infographics. The SAT has a stronger focus on questions that test students’ ability to interpret and understand charts and graphs.
  • No “Experimental" section. The SAT no longer includes an Experimental section.
  • Emphasis on historical texts. The reading test features passages from the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence as well excerpts from significant authors such as Abraham Lincoln, Charlotte Brontë, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Other passages and infographics come from social science texts as well as scientific papers.

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The SAT has four tests: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and an optional Essay.

Reading Test

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.

Writing and Language Test

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.

Math Test

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.

SAT Essay

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.

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