The SAT is a college entrance exam  that most colleges and universities use to make admissions decisions.  The SAT contains an  Evidence based reading & writing, Math, and an optional essay compnent. According to the College Board website the SAT: 

  • Focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Has a greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Only correct answers are scored; wrong answers do not count against you and there is no penalty for guessing.  
  • The highest possible score on the SAT is 1600.
  • The essay is optional (You should check to see if your post-secondary institution requires the essay).
  • Essay results are reported separtely
  • The total time to take the SAT is 3 hours without the essay and 3 hours 50 minutes with the essay.


Component Time Allotted # of Questions Scoring
Evidence based reading & writing (reading) 65 minutes 52 200-800
Evidence based reading & writing (writing & language) 35 minutes 44
Math 80 minutes 58 200-800
Essay (optional) 50 minutes 1 2-8 on each demension

SAT Practice Resources

College Board

Crack the SAT

Kahn Academy

PowerScore Test Prep


Students will not be given the SAT at school. Those interested in taking the SAT will need to register and pay all necessary fees on the College Board website