The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admission in the United States and many other countries. It is owned and published by the College Board, a private, non-profit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Education Testing Service. This test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college. The total time for SAT exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish and possible scores on the SAT range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three sections of each 800 points: Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing.
SAT consists of three major sections.
The critical reading section of the SAT consist of three scored section: two 25-minutes sections and one 20-minutes section with variety of question, including sentence completions and question about short and long reading passages. Overall, question sets near the beginning of the section are easier, and question sets near the end of the section are harder
The mathematics section of the SAT is also known as the quantitative section or calculation section. It consists of three scored section: two 25-minute section and one 20-minute section. One of the 25-minute sections is entirely multiple choices, with 20 questions and the other 25-minute section contains 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. Note that grid-in question do not contain multiple choice and test-taker will write the answer inside a grids on the answer sheet and there is no negative marking for their wrong answer.
The writing portion of the SAT, include multiple choice questions and a brief essay. The multiple choice questions include error-identification questions, sentence-improvement questions, and paragraph-improvement questions. In the error identification section, the student must locate the word producing the source of the error or indicate that the sentence has no error, while the sentence improvement section requires the student to selects on acceptable to fix the awkward sentence. The paragraph improvement questions test the student’s understanding of logical organization of ideas, presenting a poorly written student essay and asking a series of questions as to what changes might be best to improve it. The essay section which is of 25 minutes long must be in response to a given prompt. The prompts are broad and often philosophical and designed to be accessible to students regardless of their educational and social background.