CRITICAL READING Section — SENTENCE COMPLETION:
The Critical Reading section of the SAT is broken down into two parts: Sentence Completion and Reading Comprehension. Sentence completion questions make up about 25% of the Critical Reading section on the SAT. Each sentence completion question includes one or two blanks and you are required to find the best answer choice(s) to complete the sentence. On average, you’ll need to complete each question in under one minute. The Reading section of the test is composed of 52 questions that must be completed in 65 minutes.
CRITICAL READING Section — READING COMPREHENSION (Short and Long):
The Critical Reading section of the SAT (also known as the Reading Comprehension section) tests your ability to comprehend what you read. You’ll be given several passages to read and then be required to answer questions based on the messages stated or implied in each passage. Passages will vary in length. Some will take about 3 minutes to read and be followed by just two questions. Others may take up to 15 minutes to read and be followed by up to 13 questions.
WRITING Section — WRITTEN ESSAY:
Being able to write well is a skill critical to success in both college and the workplace. The Writing and Language section of the SAT is designed to test (1) rhetorical skills and (2) usage and mechanics. Rhetorical skills questions test your ability to revise and edit text, specifically your ability to organize sentences, passages, and paragraphs. The following tips and strategies will help you improve your performance on the Written Essay portion of the Writing and Language section.
WRITING SECTION — MULTIPLE CHOICE: Usage, Sentence Correction, and Paragraph Correction
The questions in the multiple-choice Writing section of the SAT are designed to test your skills in sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. Follow the tips and techniques below to improve your performance in this section of the test.
MATH Section — STUDENT PRODUCED RESPONSE (GRID):
The math sections on the SAT are designed to test students’ ability to solve mathematical problems, reason quantitatively, and interpret data that is presented in graphs and tables. Areas of math covered on the SAT include Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis. The math section offers two types of questions: Student-Produced responses (grid-in questions) and Standard Multiple-Choice questions. For the first section of the Math SAT, no calculator is allowed. This section includes 15 multiple choice and 5 grid-ins. In the second section of the MATH, SAT students are allowed to use a calculator. This section includes 30 multiple choice and 8 grid-ins (including an Extended Thinking question). In all, 80 minutes are allotted for the completion of the Math SAT section (25 minutes for the “no calculator” section and 55 minutes for the “calculator” section.)
The following are tips and techniques for improving your performance on the student-produced response questions.
MATH Section – STANDARD MULTIPLE CHOICE:
The following are tips and techniques for improving your performance on the standard multiple-choice questions.