The SAT Reasoning Test

SAT Facts
•  The SAT has a maximum score of 1600 (800 Math, 800 Verbal (split evenly between Reading and Writing and Language)
•  The test is 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay, which is “optional”)
•  There are 3 sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, Writing and Language


Mathematics Section: (80 minutes total)
•  One 25-minute NO CALCULATOR section that has 20 questions            
                                 total (15 multiple-choice and 5 free-response.)
•  One 55-minute section section that has 38 questions                                 
                                 total (30 multiple-choice and 8 free-response.)


Critical Reading Section: (65 minutes total)
 •  One multiple-choice section with 52 questions


Writing and Language Section: (85 minutes total)

•  One 35-minute multiple-choice section with 44 questions

•  One 50-minute "optional" essay


“Optional” Essay Section: (50 minutes total)
•  Read a passage, explain how the author builds an argument  
    to persuade an audience and then support that explanation 
    with evidence from the passage. 
•  This is a big departure from the old essay format where you 
    were asked to agree or disagree with a position on a topic or to 
    write about your own personal experience.