SAT – question and section formats

SAT Section and Question Formats

SAT Question and Section Formats

Most SAT questions are in multiple choice format. An approximate description of the questions and format of the test is as follows:

SAT Test Format – Approximately Four Hours

The SAT is a paper based, standardized (everybody gets the same questions) test.

It is composed of:

– seven twenty-five minute sections
– two twenty minute sections
– one ten minute section

The test will last almost four hours.

SAT Question Formats By Topic

Math – 70 Minutes – Two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section
Score 200 – 800

– Multiple choice – Problem Solving
– Non-multiple choice – student produced responses

You may want to check out this SAT Math Refresher.

Reading – 70 Minutes – Two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section
Score 200 – 800

– Multiple choice – Passage-based Reading
– Multiple choice – Passage-based Comparative Reading
– Multiple choice – Passage Completion

Writing – 60 Minutes – One 25 minute writing, one 25 minute and one 10 minute
Score – 200 – 800

– Multiple choice – Identifying sentence errors
– Multiple choice – Improving sentences
– Multiple choice – Improving paragraphs
– Non-multiple choice – Written essay

Calculators are allowed.

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