SAT exam - all you have to know about it...

What is SAT?

-The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays.

How many times a year is SAT offered?

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What about the structure of the exam?

The SAT contains 4 sections:

  • Reading

  • Writing & Language

  • Math (No Calculator & Calculator Sections)

  • Essay (Optional)

The SAT format includes 154 multiple-choice questions and 1 optional essay. Each section:


  • 52 multiple–choice questions

  • 65 minutes

  • Passages or pairs of passages (literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences)

Writing & Language

  • 44 multiple–choice questions

  • 35 minutes

  • Grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills


  • 58 multiple–choice questions (broken up into a 20-question No-Calculator section and a 38-question Calculator-allowed section)

  • 80 minutes (25 minutes for the No-Calculator section; 55 minutes for the Calculator-allowed section)

  • Algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry

Essay (Optional*)

  • 1 essay

  • 50 minutes

  • Read a passage and explain how the author builds a persuasive argument

What are the best ways to prepare for the SAT exam?

The answer for this question varies for each student, but some things are common for all students:

Reading books and memorizing hard words are two very effective ways to study for the SAT English section. Reading section of SAT requires students to read and understand passages, then solve the questions related to what they read. Therefore reading books helps students develop their reading, analysis and understanding skills a lot. This makes it much easier for students to succeed in SAT's reading section. SAT's reading section contains many complicated words that you may not know, this is why memorizing English vocabs is also very important.

Writing section of SAT is directly related to your knowledge of English language grammar. My best advice for students that would like to get a good score from this section is to solve practice problems and learn punctuations and vocabulary.


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