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Like the PSAT/NMSQT, the latest iteration of the SAT has captured the attention of students, parents, and colleges alike. While the drastic structural overhaul in 2016 left a significant number of high school Juniors racing towards the ACT, the newest version of the SAT has been closely aligned with Common Core Standards. It should be noted that the current version of the SAT and ACT are now more similar than in previous iterations.
SAT: WHO SHOULD TEST
Although students are eligible to take the SAT test their Freshman year of high school, we suggest that students test during their Junior year of high school.
SAT: WHEN TO TEST
We recommend that high school Juniors take the SAT in February or March of their Junior year; however, it’s important to take into consideration the student course load. There are scenarios where it may be more beneficial to take the SAT during the Summer months.
SAT: THE STRUCTURE
The SAT is made up of three tests: Reading Test, Writing & Language Test, Math Test (The math test has two sections with the latter section allowing the use of a calculator.) and the optional essay.
The first part of the SAT begins with a reading test that contains five unique passages:
Two passages cover science related topics
One passage covers US and/or World Literature
One passage covers one of the social sciences
One passage covers early US politics
The reading test is sixty-five minutes in duration and contains 52 multiple choice questions. A 10-minute break given in between the reading section and the upcoming Writing & Language Test.
The Writing & Language Test is composed of four unique passages with 44 multiple choice questions. The general breakdown of the question types focus on grammar and the ability to critically analyze the passages. Students have 35 minutes to complete this section.
The math test is split into two sections. The first section is 25 minutes long with 15 multiple choice questions and 5 grid-in questions. A 5 minute break separates the two math sections. For the second section of the math test, students may use a calculator to answer 30 questions in 55 minutes.
The optional essay is 50 minutes long. The optional essay will provide students with a reading passage and a prompt. Students will be asked to analyze the structure of the author's persuasive argument. We advise students to look at the list of colleges they want to submit applications to. Some colleges review the optional essay while others do not.
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