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THE SAT REASONING TEST 


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The SAT Reasoning Test is the nation's most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities.

The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom - including how they think, solve problems, and communicate.

Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice questions and the essay. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories, and six times a year overseas.

Test Order
The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay, and the last section is always a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections. Sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections. Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (mathematics, critical reading, and writing).

SAT Question Types
The SAT includes several different question types, including: a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins).

Critical Reading: The critical reading section, formerly known as the verbal section, includes short as well as long reading passages. Questions can be based on one, or sometimes two, reading passages. Some questions are not based on reading passages, but ask you to complete sentences.

Mathematics: The mathematics section includes topics from up through a third-year college preparatory course, such as exponential growth, absolute value, and functional notation. It also places emphasis on such topics as linear functions, manipulations with exponents, and properties of tangent lines. Important skills such as estimation and number sense are measured through the multiple-choice and student response (grid-in) questions.

The College Board recommends that students use a graphing (or at least a scientific) calculator for the SAT, although it's still possible to solve every question without a calculator.

Writing: The writing section includes both multiple-choice questions and a direct writing measure in the form of an essay.

The short essay measures your ability to organize and express ideas clearly, develop and support the main idea, and use appropriate word choice and sentence structure.

The multiple-choice writing questions measure your ability to improve sentences and paragraphs, and identify errors (such as diction, grammar, sentence construction, subject-verb agreement, proper word usage, and wordiness).

The Unscored Section
In addition to the nine scored sections of the SAT, there is one 25-minute section that is used to ensure that the SAT continues to be a fair and valid test. This section does not count towards your score. It may be a critical reading, mathematics, or writing multiple-choice section.

Source: www.collegeboard.com

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