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SAT Prep & Practice Tests
The SAT is a college admission test (mostly used in North America). It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math.
Each section receives a score on the scale of 200-800. All scores are multiples of 10.
The order of the format is not fixed: the sections can occur in any order.
Exam duration is three hours and forty-five minutes
You will get -1/4 points for selecting wrong answer (negative marking).
The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do.
Critical Reading (score 200-800) , 70 mins
Critical Reading has two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section. Questions include sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages (which is major part of the test). Questions become tougher as you proceed towards end of the section.
Mathematics (score 200-800), 70 mins
Math section has two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section.
- One of the 25-minute section is entirely multiple choice, with 20 questions.
- The other 25-minute section contains 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. The 10 grid-in questions have no penalty for incorrect answers because the student guessing isn't limited. (-1/4 point subtracted for incorrect multiple-choice,0 points subtracted for incorrect student-produced response (math section))
- Last 20 min section is also multiple choice with 16 questions.
Writing (score 200-800), 60 mins
The SAT Writing Section is 60 minutes and is composed of one 25 minute essay and 49 multiple-choice questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice.
The SAT score for each section can range from 200 to 800, so maximum total score is 2400.
The average score for each section is around 500, so the average total score is about 1500.
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Sample questions for Writing
The underlined and lettered sections of each sentence below may contain an error in grammar, usage, word choice (diction), or expression (idiom), you need to identify that.
Q1. A guide at the national park informed the group of students that a large percentage (A) of wildlife (B) rely (C) on insects as (D) a source of food. No Error (E)
Q2. Some (A) advanced mathematical concepts are challenging (B) for students to grasp because they (C) require students to think (D) abstractly. No error (E)
Sample questions for Critical Reading
Q1. Finishing the complex assignment in such a short time seemed ____ until my colleague agreed to ____ me.
Q2. While Chad's interests lean toward cars and machinery, Jill has more ____ tastes, favoring ballet and opera.
- SAT scores are valid for 5 years
- Most students take SAT test once or twice. Collegeboard doesn't recommend to take more than twice.