SAT Test Structure - SAT Math and SAT Writing





The SAT test works up to three hours and forty-five minutes. Only three hours and twenty minutes of the SAT test count toward scoring. The experimental section in SAT test is not scored. The SAT test is divided in to ten sections of

  • Three Writing sections
  • Three Critical Reading sections
  • Three Math sections
  • One Experimental section

The SAT test has three sections of

  • SAT Math
  • SAT Critical Reading
  • SAT Writing

It is administered by the College Board and scored, published and developed by the ETS(Educational testing Service).

SAT Math

The Math section in the SAT test has two types of questions

The first question type is multiple choices. He first few questions are easy one and as the questions increase they become harder to the student.

The second type of question type is the Grid-in questions where the answers have to be added to a special grid. Similar to the previous type the easy ones come fast followed by harder grid-ins. So for each SAT question the student spends different time.

44 multiple-choice and 10 grid-in questions are asked. 70 minute are provided to complete this section. SAT Math Questions are based on

  • Basic Arithmetic
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry

Though a calculator is allowed it is not necessary.

The Writing section

The SAT Writing section has four types of questions. The questions are based on

  • Essay
  • Identifying Sentence Error
  • Improving sentences
  • Improving Paragraphs

Essay question- A few statements have to be given based on an assignment.

Identifying sentence error- The student has to identifying the error in an underlined section of sentence.

Improving sentences- Five different versions of the same sentence will be given. A multiple choice of five choices will be provided. The student has to pick up the most favorable sentence.

Improving paragraphs- An imperfect student essay followed by six questions will be given. The student must decide which answer is the best that rewrites and combines portions of two separate sentences and also decide where in the essay a sentence best fits, or choose what sort of additional information would most strengthen the writer's argument.

49 multiple-choice questions and an essay are asked. Time allotted is one hour. Questions are based on

  • Grammar
  • Usage
  • Word choice

Like the math section there are two types of questions in the critical reading section also.

Question type 1:

The student has to fill in the blanks with suitable words or phrases and thus completing the sentence.

Question type 2:

A passage is given and a few questions based on the passage are provided. The questions are based on the information provided in the passage.

67 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 70 minutes is given. The questions asked are of type

  • Sentence completion
  • Reading comprehension



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