The SAT is the most commonly used college admission test. The test is used by students to demonstrate their knowledge of core skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Having over 2 million test takers every year, the SATs are standardized to ensure questions are solvable by students regardless of intended college major. The SATs are more than just an entrance exam, as scores can be used to attain scholarships, placement in college courses, and for identifying personal academic strengths.

Structure of the SAT Test

The SAT Test is made up of 3 main sections as follows:

Critical Reading

This portion of the test has questions on reading passages and sentence completions.


This portion of the test requires the students to write an essay, and to answer some multiple-choice questions on identifying errors, and improving grammar and usage.


This portion of the test covers a variety of mathematical concepts including arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.

Format of the SAT Test

1. Critical Reading

  • ➪ 48 Passage-Reading
  • ➪ 19 Sentence Completions
  • ➪ 70 minutes

2. Writing

  • ➪ 48 Passage-Reading
  • ➪ 19 Sentence Completions
  • ➪ 70 minutes

3. Mathematics

  • ➪ 48 Passage-Reading
  • ➪ 19 Sentence Completions
  • ➪ 70 minutes

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Your SAT Test Score

Since the SAT test is a college admissions test, the SAT scores can be sent to the various colleges that a student is applying to. Each section of the SAT, critical reading, writing, and math, are all graded on a scale of 200-800, thus getting a total score from 600-2400. The score can then be chosen to be given to colleges or not.

What is a Good SAT Score

The average SAT score is 1500, with a “good” SAT score to strive for being above 2000. Always remember, however, there is more to an application than just your SAT score. A good score, however, demonstrates to colleges that students have truly understood the content they learned in high school.