Last Updated: February 09, 2021

The exam pattern and syllabus pertaining to the test have been explained in detail on this page to help you understand what you need to know before taking the test.

The general SAT test has 2 sections. The Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Language section along with a Mathematics section. Each section is scored on a scale between 200 and 800 where 800 is the maximum mark achievable in one section. The scores that are achieved are called

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- U.S Literature or World Literature
- U.S Founding Document or a text from the Great Global Conversation they inspired
- Passage from Economics, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, etc.
- Passage based in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics

- Find mistakes/ errors and Fix them
- Interpreting a graphic
- Sharpen an argument
- Improve word choice
- Make editorial decisions

They test your knowledge in Standard English Conventions through questions based in-

- Sentence structure and usage
- Punctuation
- Words and Clauses
- Parallel construction
- Subject-verb agreement
- Verb tense

- Linear equation
- Single variable equations
- Absolute value
- Polynomials and dividing polynomials
- Quadratic equations
- Exponential functions and equations
- Non-linear equations

- Ratios and Proportions
- Probability
- Median, mode and standard deviation
- Coordinate geometry-lines, shapes, non-linear functions
- Geometry-circles, line and angles, solid geometry, triangles, and polygons
- Trigonometry
- Complex numbers

The Writing and Language section has a total of 44 questions and is given only 35 minutes. This section also contains passage-based questions that require reading and keen perusal and hence can be tough to complete with only 35 minutes.

The Mathematics section contains 58 questions but is given 80 minutes in all. Out of this, the section that has to be attended without a calculator is given 25 minutes for a total of 20 questions, and the section where the calculator is allowed is given 55 minutes for 38 questions.

The SAT Subject tests have also been removed from the equation with immediate effect from 2021. The registrations that have already been made have been canceled and students are asked to request a refund after which they will receive the full amount in return. The tests will be available for International students until June 2021 due to the importance of the exam internationally and because admissions are at stake but after this, there will be no Subject tests available through SAT.

- Words in Context- Questions in SAT focus a lot on frequently used words and phrases found in various texts. They mostly ask you to place words in their context and the words provided are generally chosen based on the assumption that these words will be used in an academic space or workspace eventually.
- Command of Evidence- The first section of the SAT exam includes informational graphics and multi-paragraph passages from which you will be asked to interpret and synthesize the evidence found. The topics provided may be related to literature, humanities, social sciences, and science. Both the Reading and Writing sections have questions testing this skill.
- Problem-Solving Skills- They try to identify this skill through problems about ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning.
- Algebra- Here they try to understand if the student knows the key concepts in algebra like linear equations which help them develop powers of abstraction.
- Problems based on Real-World Contexts- Both the sections of the exam focus on subjects pertaining to real-world contexts by using relevant passages or by providing multistep applications to solve problems in real-life situations.