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New SAT Pattern and Tips

January 2016

The SAT measures your thinking ability to efficiently solve problems and communicate, while at the same time looks into your basic classroom skills such as Reading, Writing and Mathematics and how well you apply that knowledge. The SAT is taken by more than two million students every year at thousands of testing centers. There is no negative marking for the revised version of the SAT

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How is the test organized?

Reading Comprehension has a total of 52 questions with 65 minutes alloted for this section

Writing and Language Test has a total of 44 questions with 35 minutes alloted for this section

Mathematics (No Calculator allowed) has a total of 20 questions with a time frame of 25 minutes for this section

Mathematics (Calculator allowed) has a total of 38 questions with 55 minutes alloted for this section

Essay (optional) consists of one topic and time alloted is 50 minutes


The Reading and Writing section is a combined score within the range of 200-800

The Mathematics section is scored within the range of 200-800

Three sub scores of which each is scored within the range of 10 to 40


Writing and Language


Essays are scored on the basis of the following criteria with a minimum score of 2 to a maximum score of 8





Each question will have four options

The Reading section consists of reading passages only, there will NO sentence completion

This section consists of 5 passages, each passage has 10 -11 questions

Writing and Language Test

This section consists of passages with underlined words or sentences. This underlined part needs to be better phrased grammatically

This section consists of 4 passages, with each passage consisting of 10-11 questions

The prime focus in this section is grammar


The Mathematics section in the New SAT consists of the previous chapters, in addition to extra ones.

Trignomentry includes radian measures, definition of all ratios (e.g.- sine) Relationships between all the ratios as well as conversion from radians to degrees and vice versa

Basic arithmetic on complex numbers which includes multiplication, addition, division and subtraction


The topic consists of a case study

No personal opinion is required for this task

The essay should demonstrate your analysis of the given data

The essay is out of a total of 24

You are alloted 50 minutes for this task with a word count of 650-700 words

SAT without essay costs 92.5$ and with essay about 103.5$

Giving the SAT with essay depends on the university requirements. If the university requires the essay, students have to opt for it. However, giving the SAT with essay is recommended as you have a lot of options easily available

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