SAT Test Structure In A Nutshell
How is the SAT put together? To get your head around what you’ll need to prepare for, here’s the SAT test structure at a glance.
Besides knowing how it’s structured, it’s good to have some tips to pull from your back pocket that’ll help both on your first SAT attempt, and any retakes you pursue.
SAT Test Structure Basics
The SAT is broken down into two major areas: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math.
The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing focus breaks down into two specific sections:
- Writing & Language
Each one has its own timing constraints, number of questions, etc.
The second major area to consider is Math. Just like the first area, Math is broken down into two specific subsections:
- No Calculator
- Calculator Allowed
Unlike the ACT, where you can use a calculator the entire time, the SAT has a specific set of calculator-prohibited questions. The good news is the questions and calculations are designed to be done by hand without serious problems. However, for those 20 questions, you can’t touch a calculator.
The final section to consider is the optional Essay. Again, this is entirely optional. However, at Prep Expert, we normally advise to do it because it:
- Looks impressive to college admissions officers,
- Provides real-world practice for college-level writing
For easier viewing, look below for a simple section breakdown:
|Writing & Language||
|Math (No Calculator)||
|Math (Calculator Allowed)||
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