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The SAT is one of two standardized college admissions tests in the US (the other is the ACT). It's run by the College Board, a non-profit that also administers the PSAT and the AP (Advanced Placement) program.

The SAT has four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math with no calculator, and Math with a calculator. There is an optional essay that is recommended or required by some colleges.

SectionMinutes to completeNumber of questionsSubjects
Math80 Minutes58 QuestionsTesting algegra, probem solving, data analysis, and advanced math
Reading65 Minutes52 QuestionsUnderstanding comples passages and identifying words in context
Writing and Language35 Minutes44 QuestionsTargeting grammar and argument-building abilities
Essay*50 Minutes*OptionalSome schools may require the Essay, so be sure to ask before you take the SAT


The SAT is scored on a 1600-point scale. Students can score between 200 and 800 points on each main section (Math, Reading, Writing). The optional essay is evaluated separately and doesn’t factor into the overall score. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it’s always better to guess if you’re not sure.


No matter what stage of SAT prep you’re in, Averroes High School can help raise your score.


Taking the PSAT is a great way to practice for the SAT, and could make it easier to afford college. Your score on the PSAT can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Awards. Learn more about the PSAT.