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Learn About SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning Test assesses students in their critical thinking skills. Typically the test is taken by high school students in their junior and senior years as a part of their college application process. The test includes several question types including multiple-choice, written essay and student-produced responses (grid-ins). SAT test assesses students in areas of critical reading, math and writing. SAT does not involve questions relating to science subjects. The tests are composed of 10 sections broken down by question type and have to be completed within a set amount of time.
Test Sections
Test Details
Test Order
Scoring
Unscored Section
Test Sections
Math?Main focus is on testing for Basic Arithmetic, Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry. Knowledge of Trigonometry or Precalculus is not required. Use of calculators is allowed but not necessary.
Critical Reading?Main focus is on testing for Reading Comprehension skills and vocabulary.
Writing?Writing section focuses on grammer, word choice, sentence errors, improving sentences and paragraphs and a written essay response.
Test Details
  # of Sections Time

Total Number of Questions

Score Range

Math

1

20

Multiple choice – 44

Free response - 10

200-800

2

25

3

25

Critical Reading

1

20

Passage based reading – 48

Sentence completion - 19

200-800

2

25

3

25

Writing

1

25

Essay

200-800

(Essay – 30% of overall score)

2

25

Improving sentences and identifying errors – 43

Improving paragraphs - 6

3

10

Unscored

1

25

Multiple choice on either math or critical reading or writing

Not graded

Test Order
First section which is 25 minutes long is always on essay writing. It is one of the segments of the writing section of the test. Sections two through seven, which are also 25 minutes long can be either on math, critical reading or writing and include the unscored section. Sections eight and nine are 20 minutes long and related to math and critical reading sections. Section ten is a 10 minutes long section based on multiple-choice writing questions. Content order for sections two through nine may be entirely different from student to student.
SAT Scoring Information
Following is a brief information on how SAT is scored.
  • All three sections of SAT have score range from 200-800 points, with the average score being 500.
  • 1 point is given for every correct answer.
  • Negative 0.25 is given for every wrong answer.
  • 0 point is given for every blank and incorrect grid in answer.
  • Essay scoring ?Two readers grade the essay. Each reader will assign a score with a high to low range from 6 to 1. Scores from both readers are added to get a high to low range of 12 to 2. Essay scores constitute 30% of overall writing score.
  • Sum of all the points of a section is the raw score for the section. The raw score is converted to a scaled score which results in a score range from 200 to 800. The sum of the scaled scores of all three sections is the total score for the test.
    The Unscored Section
    One of the 25 minutes long section is an unscored section. This section is not counted towards the score and is a multiple choice section either on math, critical reading or writing. Unscored section is primarily given to test new questions for future tests.