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The SAT is a three-hour and forty five minute exam that measures three sets of skills - critical reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning. These skills are all knowledge you will need to do college-level work in any academic area.

New SAT scores are intended to supplement your record (and other information, such as your activities and recommendations).

When should I take the SAT?

  • Junior year (Spring)
  • Senior year (Fall)

At least half of all students take the new SAT twice.

What kind of questions must be answered?
The test is divided into timed sections:

Critical Reading (70 minutes, 3 sections):
Tests one's ability to:

  •  Understand and analyze what you read
  •  Recognize relationships between parts of a sentence
  •  Critical reading of short passages

Math (70 minutes, 3 sections):
Solve problems involving:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry

Writing (70 minutes, new): 

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Student written essay

What about the scores?
Each section is worth 800 points, with a perfect score now being 2400. The average score on the New SAT is about 500 on each portion. The New SAT is designed so that a student who answers about half the questions correctly will receive an average score.

For more information on the SAT, visit College Board.

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