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3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])

Reading Test (52 questions, 65 minutes)

Writing and Language Test (44 questions, 35 minutes)

Mathematics (calculator 38 questions, 25 minutes; no calculator 20 questions, 25 minutes   )

  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)
  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
  • 50 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately
Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors