The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The test is supposed to measure a students’ preparedness for colleges and universities by testing skills in three core areas: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.
The SAT is a significant determinant in college admission and scholarship decisions. Whether your child struggles with the fundamentals, the “tricks” and testing strategy, the most advanced topics, or simply a lack of testing confidence, our instructors will identify and amend any areas of weakness and enhance areas of strength. Instead of a soft spot in a student’s academic resume, we will help ensure that these scores amplify your child’s potential.
The new 2016 SAT is composed of 4 sections (with an optional essay)— a 65 minute Reading section, a 35 minute Writing and Language section, and two math sections, a 25 minute no calculator and a 55 minute pro calculator section. The essay, if you choose to take it, takes 50 minutes. Total testing time is 3 hours without the essay, and 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay. The breakdown of each section, along with the amount of questions and suggested times per question, are below.
Old vs New SAT Breakdown
As a reminder, the new SAT is radically different from the previous one – please note the changes in scoring, sections and penalties in the below graphic to help you understand the new structure.
Few Tips on test day and for the test
- Be organized and remember to bring a #2 pencil, calculator, identification, admission ticket, fresh batteries, a watch and a high energy snack on test day.
- Get a good night rest, and double check before for everything before leaving the house and arrive early.
- On the test, remember the order of difficulty within the sections. Each section is arranged from easiest to most difficult so answer the easy questions first.
- Do not forget – the new SAT does not penalize for incorrect answers, so give it your best shot to get the right answer if you are stuck.
- Take your time and read the questions carefully.