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?
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:
Math (70 minutes, 3 sections):
Solve problems involving:
Writing (70 minutes, new):
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.