High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in order to gain admission to a college or university. The actual testing part of the SAT takes three hours and forty-five minutes to complete. However, with orientation, distribution of materials, and breaks, the test can take as long as four and a half hours. The test costs $45, not counting late fees, and $57 including the essay.
- The SAT consists of two sections: evidence-based reading & writing and mathematics.
- The evidence-based reading & writing section has one 65-minute section and one 35-minute section.
- It includes completion questions that test vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure.
- The mathematics section has one 25-minute section and one 55-minute section.
- The 25-minute section features multiple choice questions and a calculator is not allowed.
- The other presents 8 multiple choice and 10 grid-in questions.
- Several new topics in this part of the test include information such as Algebra II and scatter plots.
The writing section includes multiple-choice questions and a brief essay. For the essay section, students are given twenty-five minutes to expound on a given prompt with their own opinions and ideas. No particular essay structure or paragraph sequence is required for the essay portion of the test.
Each of the two SAT score sections are scored on a scale of 200-800. An SAT score ranging from 400-1600 results from combining scores from each of the two sections. As a result, a perfect SAT score, nearly impossible to achieve, is a 1600. SAT scores always are rounded to the nearest ten. Any score less than 950 would be considered low, an average score would be 1083, and 1450 or above would be considered high and would qualify the test-taker for entrance into most Ivy League schools. You should receive your SAT scores by mail a few weeks after you take the test. Along with your numerical SAT scores, you also will receive a percentile for each section. This percentile will tell you your rank compared to all the other students who took the test.