The SAT Reasoning Test is a standard college entrance examination that measures skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The test takes 3 hours and 45 minutes.
- The first section is always a written essay, which takes 25 minutes.
- There are 8 middle sections that can appear in any order:
- 6 sections, taking 25 minutes each (1 of these sections—you won't know which—will not count toward your score; it’s used to try out questions for future SATs).
- 2 sections, taking 20 minutes each.
- The last section is always a multiple-choice writing section, which takes 10 minutes.
Critical Reading Reading comprehension questions about full-length and paragraph-length passages.
Sentence completion questions.
Writing Multiple-choice questions on grammar, usage, word choice, and organization.
Essay section asks you to respond to a prompt by developing a point of view, supported by
clear, well-organized ideas based on your experience and observations.
Math Multiple-choice questions and grid-in questions on the following topics:
Numbers and operations
Algebra and functions
Geometry and measurement
Statistics, probability, and data analysis
Important Dates , Test Location, Registration and Fees
The SAT is administered at Colegio Albania in La Guajira, Colombia or check for current test dates and locations. You can also check with your guidance counselor or visit the College Board site at http://www.collegeboard.com/.
The SAT registration and fees information is as follow:
International students can register for the SAT in any of two ways:
- By mail with a copy of the SAT Registration Booklet, International Edition, which should be available at their school
Students outside the U.S. may also visit an EducationUSA advising center in their city or region to learn more about college admission testing. Many also offer SAT registration materials and computers for students to register online.
Paying for the test
All payment must be paid in United States dollars in one of the following forms:
- Credit card
- American Express
- Bank draft
- Check drawn on a U.S. bank
- United States Postal Service money order
- International money order
- UNESCO coupon
Basic Subject Test Fee (per registration) $20
Language Test with Listening add $20
All other Subject Tests add $9 each
Additional Processing (Add to total testing fees)
Standby Fee $38
International Processing Fee $26
Receiving Your Scores
Scores by Web FREE
Official Score Report FREE
Additional score report request
Four reports are included free with every registration.
The fee applies after the fourth report during registration, or any report made outside of the registration period.
add $9.50 each
Sections Question Type Number of Questions Time Allotted
Critical Reading Sentence Completion 19 two 25-minute sections;
Passage-based reading 48 one 20-minute section
Total: 70 minutes
Writing Identifying sentence errors 18 Two 25-minute sections;
Improving sentences 25 one 10-minute section
Improving paragraphs 6
Essay writing 1 essay Total: 60 minutes
Math Multiple-choice 44 Two 25-minute sections;
Grid-ins 10 one 20-minute section
Total: 70 minutes
Each section (Critical reading, Writing, and Math) is scored on a scale of 200-800. Essays, a sub-section of Writing, are graded on a scale of 1-6.
SAT Subject Tests
Subject Tests are required by some colleges for admission and/or placement in freshman-level courses. Each Subject Test measures the student's knowledge of a specific subject and the ability to apply that knowledge. Students should check with each institution for its specific requirements.
Subject Tests are given in the following areas: Literature, U.S. History, World History, Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese with listening, French, French with listening, German, German with listening, Spanish, Spanish with listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese with listening, Korean with listening.
Test dates vary by subject; contact the College Board or school counselor for specific information. Students may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on one day. They cannot take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Reasoning Test during the same test administration.
Tests are administered at Colegio Albania in La Guajira, Colombia. Check with your school counselor or contact the College Board for more information.
All of the SAT subject tests are one-hour, multiple choice tests.
Biology E/M: There are two biology tests. Each contains 60 multiple-choice general biology questions in cellular and molecular biology, ecology, classical genetics, organismal biology, and evolution and diversity. The E test has an additional 20 questions on ecology, and the M test has 20 additional questions on molecular biology.
Literature: There are about 60 multiple-choice questions on the literature test, covering six to eight passages. Thirty percent of the exam is based on literature of the Renaissance and seventeenth century; thirty percent is based on literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and 40 percent is based on literature written after 1900.
Math Level 1: There are 50 multiple-choice questions on the Math Level 1 exam. The test covers the following material: algebra, geometry (plane Euclidean, three-dimensional, and coordinate), trigonometry, statistics/probability, and miscellaneous topics including logic, elementary number theory, and arithmetic and geometric sequences.
Math Level 2: There are 50 multiple-choice questions on the Math Level 2 exam. The test covers the following material: algebra, geometry (plane Euclidean, three-dimensional and coordinate), trigonometry, functions, statistics (probability, permutations, combinations), and miscellaneous topics (logic and proof, number theory, sequences, and limits).
Physics: This test contains 75 multiple-choice questions. It covers the following areas: mechanics; heat, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics; waves; electricity and magnetism; modern physics; and miscellaneous topics (including measurement, math, laboratory skills and history of physics).
U.S. History: The U.S. history exam contains between 90 and 95 multiple-choice questions. Twenty percent are based on history from pre-Columbian times through 1789, 40 percent are from 1790 to 1898, and 40 percent are from 1899 to the present.
World History: This test contains 95 multiple-choice questions covering world history from ancient times through the present. About 25 percent of the test covers history through 500 C.E.; 20 percent covers 500 through 1500 C.E.; 25 percent covers 1500 through 1900 C.E.; 20 percent is post-1900 C.E.; and 10 percent is cross-chronological.
Chemistry: This test consists of 85 multiple-choice questions. Topics include structure of matter, states of matter, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium and reaction rates, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry, and laboratory.
Chinese with Listening: This test contains 85 multiple-choice questions, which cover listening comprehension, usage, and reading comprehension.
French: This test contains 85 multiple choice questions, which cover vocabulary in context, structure, and reading comprehension.
French with Listening: The test takes about 20 minutes for listening questions, and 40 minutes for reading comprehension. The listening section contains pictures, short dialogues, and long dialogues. The reading comprehension section covers vocabulary, structure, and reading comprehension.
German: This test contains 80-85 multiple-choice questions, which test only reading.
German with Listening: This test contains a 20-minute listening section consisting of short and long dialogues, along with a 40-minute reading section that covers vocabulary in context, structure in context, and reading comprehension.
Modern Hebrew: This test contains 85 multiple-choice questions covering vocabulary in context, structure in context, and reading comprehension.
Italian: This test contains 80 to 85 multiple-choice questions covering vocabulary in context, fill-in-the-blank, and reading comprehension.
Japanese with Listening: This test contains 80 to 85 multiple-choice questions, covering listening comprehension, usage, and reading comprehension.
Korean with Listening: This test contains 80 to 85 multiple choice questions, including a 20 minute usage section and a 40 minute reading comprehension section.
Latin: This test contains 70 to 75 multiple choice questions. About 65 % of the test is translation; about 5% is derivatives and about 30% is grammar and syntax.
Spanish: This test consists of 85 multiple-choice questions, which equally cover vocabulary and structure, paragraph completion, and reading comprehension.
Spanish with Listening: This test consists of 85 multiple-choice questions, and includes a 20-minute minute listening section and a 40-minute reading section.
The subject tests are scored on a scale of 200 to 800. Language tests with Listening contain reading and listening subscores. Chinese, Japanese and Korean tests include a usage subscore.
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