SAT Preparation

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What should I expect on the Redesigned SAT?

First, if you are looking to ask the question, how is the new SAT different than what everyone else took before, the ACT that question can be answered by clicking here. 

The first big item is the SAT has 4 testing areas as listed below with time on each area

  • Math Test
    • 80 minutes
      • 25 non-calculator
      • 55 calculator available
    • 58 questions
  • Essay
    • 50 minutes to compose
  • Reading Test
    • 65 minutes
    • 52 questions
  • Writing and Language Test
    • 35 minutes
    • 44 questions

What will the Redesigned SAT Focus on?

  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)

What is the Best Way to Prepare for the SAT?

  • CollegeBoard, who owns the SAT, has partnered with Khan Academy to offer FREE prep materials.  Click the button below for a direct link to Khan Academy SAT prep. 
    • Be sure to enter a username/password or sign up for an account so you can track your progress and find weak areas
    • Did you take the PSAT? Connect your CollegeBoard account with Khan Academy to individualized prep. If you have questions be sure to contact our staff for How To's.

What Will the Reading Test Focus On?

  • All Reading Test questions are multiple choice and based on passages.
  • Some passages are paired with other passages.
  • Informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts, accompany some passages— but no math is required.
  • Prior topic-specific knowledge is never tested.
  • The Reading Test is part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section

When you take the Reading Test, you’ll read passages and interpret informational graphics. Then you’ll use what you’ve read to answer questions.

Some questions ask you to locate a piece of information or an idea stated directly. But you’ll also need to understand what the author’s words imply. In other words, you have to read between the lines.

What will the Writing and Language Test focus on?

  • All questions are multiple choice and based on passages.
  • Some passages are accompanied by informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts — but no math is required.
  • Prior topic knowledge is never tested.
  • The Writing and Language Test is part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.

To answer some questions, you’ll need to look closely at a single sentence. Others require reading the entire piece and interpreting a graphic. For instance, you might be asked to choose a sentence that corrects a misinterpretation of a scientific chart or that better explains the importance of the data.

The passages you improve will range from arguments to nonfiction narratives and will be about careers, history, social studies, the humanities, and science.

What will the Math Test focus on?

  • Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some — called grid-ins — ask you to come up with the answer rather than select the answer.
  • The Math Test is divided into two portions: Math Test – Calculator and Math Test – No Calculator.
  • Some parts of the test include several questions about a single scenario.

The Math Test will focus in depth on the three areas of math that play the biggest role in a wide range of college majors and careers: (Click on topic for more information on each area)

The Math Test also draws on Additional Topics in Math, including the geometry and trigonometry most relevant to college and career readiness.