SAT Test Overview

SAT Section Comparisons

Section # Of Questions Time Allowed Details Score Range
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 96 100 minutes Reading (52 questions), Writing & Language (44 questions) 200-800
SAT Math 58 80 minutes Multiple Choice (45 questions), Grid-in (13 questions) 200-800
SAT Optional Essay 1 50 minutes Optional Only 6-24
Totals 3 Hours 400-1600

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

The SAT Reading & Writing section asks you to be an editor and improve passages that were written especially for the test - and that includes deliberate errors. This section will take 100 minutes. The Reading subsection lasts 65 minutes and includes 52 standard multiple-choice questions. It tests understanding of passages from U.S. and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences.The Writing & Language subsection lasts 35 minutes and includes 44 questions. All questions are multiple choice and based on passages. Some passages are accompanied by informational graphics such as tables, charts and graphs (but no math is required). It tests the expression of ideas and Standard English conventions through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities and Science.

SAT II Subject Tests

The SAT II subject tests are content-based exams taken to improve a student's credentials for college admissions. There are currently 20 different subjects offered:

  • Literature
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • French with Listening
  • German with Listening
  • Spanish with Listening
  • Chinese with Listening
  • Japanese with Listening
  • Korean with Listening