SAT
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mystery out of the new SAT. While the SAT is changing, we’re still
helping students crack the code and achieve maximum results.
The SAT is
given seven times per year (October, November, December, January, March,
March, May, June). The test contains four required sections (Reading,
Writing, Math: no calculator, Math: with calculator) and an optional
Essay.
Scoring: The
raw scores from the Reading and Writing sections are combined to get a
scaled Reading/Writing score ranging from 200 to 800. The raw scores
from the no calculator and calculator Math sections are combined to get
a scaled Math score ranging from 200 to 800. There is no penalty for
wrong answers.
Here’s how the sections
breakdown:
Reading: 52
questions in 65 minutes. There are five passages total from the
categories of science, literature, history/social studies, and social
science. While the revised SAT no longer contains obscure vocabulary,
it now tests second and third definitions of more common words with
multiple meanings in context. The readings also feature charts and
graphs.
Writing: 44
questions in 35 minutes. There are four passages with 11 questions
each. There will be one passage each from the categories of careers,
history/social science, humanities and science. The questions address
issues of writing style, grammar usage and mechanics. The writing
passages will also feature charts and graphs.
Math (No
Calc): 20 questions in 25 minutes. This section requires basic
algebraic skills normally handled by calculators. In addition, this
section places a high emphasis on word problems, real world
applications, functions, statistics/data analysis, systems of equations,
rate, sequences, and trigonometry. While some 2D and 3D geometric
formulas are provided at the beginning of the section, knowledge of
additional formulas is required.
Math (with
Calc): 38 questions in 55 minutes. This section requires functional
knowledge of a graphing calculator. In addition, this section places a
high emphasis on word problems, real world applications, functions,
statistics, systems of equations, rate, sequences, and trigonometry.
While some 2D and 3D geometric formulas are provided at the beginning
of the section, knowledge of additional formulas is required.
Essay
(Optional): 50 minutes. The student is presented with a passage and
asked to provide a rhetorical analysis, explaining how the author builds
an argument to persuade an audience. The student must support his or
her explanation with evidence from the passage. It is recommended that
students take the optional essay.
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