The SAT Test is a standardized exam that is used by U.S. colleges in their admissions process. The SAT Test serves a similar function to the ACT in that both are used by colleges and universities as a factor in admissions.
The SAT exam was originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test when it was created in 1926, but is now known simply as the SAT. The College Board, a non-profit, creates and administers the SAT.
Different institutions place varying degrees of importance on standardized tests and use them along with other factors such as GPA, class rank, community service, recommendations and extracurricular activities. Other popular standardized tests used for college admissions include the GRE and GMAT.
The SAT Test is meant to measure a high school student’s readiness for college. The SAT Test consists of multiple choice questions in the areas of: English, mathematics, and reading. There is also an optional essay.
Our free SAT practice tests are an ideal way to prepare for the SAT. For more serious preparation, see our review of best SAT prep courses. Many students who take the SAT also choose to take the ACT. Our ACT practice tests can help improve your scores on the ACT.
The structure of the SAT is detailed below:
The SAT math section is divided into 2 sections: Math (no calculator) and Math (calculator). The total SAT math section is 58 questions and students are given 80 minutes.
The SAT reading section presents reading passages and multiple choice questions. The passages come from three main areas: science, history, and social studies. There are 52 questions and students are given 65 minutes.
Students are given 35 minutes to answer 44 questions on the writing and language test. All of the questions are based on reading passages with accompanying charts, tables, and graphs.
Some questions are from the following sources:
Erik Jacobsen at www.erikthered.com/tutor
From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations". Internet. Available from www.nysedregents.org
CK-12 Foundation - www.ck12.org