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

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.