Updated on - November 13th 2019 by Rachit Agrawal

Syllabus

SAT Exam Syllabus 2019

SAT is an offline exam that is held at test centers across the world. The paper has four divisions namely reading, writing, language and mathematics. Every section is different and has its own type of questions. The reading section contains questions based on comprehension, sentence completion. The math section contains questions based of Algebra, geometry, and probability.

Reading Section

  • Has MCQs based on paragraphs and graphics in the question paper.
  • The one of the paragraphs chosen has a part of the world literature, or a classic work of the U.S.
  • The other passage is either the U.S founding document or a paragraph from the Great Global Conversation.
  • The third paragraph has questions related to topics like economics, sociology, and psychology.
  • The last two paragraphs are science-based to test student’s fundamental and scientific concepts.

Writing Section

  • In the writing and language test, the paper has MCQs based on paragraphs.
  • Some of the content may contain informational graphics, charts, etc.
  • You will find questions based on sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.
  • The students will find questions where they will have to change the sentences and keeping its meaning same to fix the wrong sentences.
  • There will question related to topics such as verb, tense, subject-verb agreement, etc.

Maths Section

  • The maths section has 2 parts- calculator and test-no-calculator.
  • There is a combination of MCQs and grid in questions.
  • The grid-in questions should be filled in the space given.
  • The topics covered are Algebra, polynomials, linear and exponential growth, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and probability.
  • There are 30 multiple choice questions and 8 grids – in questions.

 

Essay (optional)

  • Essay is an optional section and rounds about 50 minutes.
  • It is important by most of the colleges to get a deeper understanding of the student and their personality.
  • There is an additional charge taken by the College Board for this section.
  • The scores are given in the range of 2 – 8 separately.
  • The essay helps to assess the students reading, writing and analysis skills.

SAT Syllabus: Facts

Facts

Number of Sections

Duration of Exam

180

Total number of questions

154

Negative Marking

None

Language of Paper

English

Score Range

400-1600

 

SAT Subject Test List

There are over 19 subjects included in the SAT subject list

  • Math Level 1
  • Math Level 2
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • U.S history
  • World history
  • Spanish
  • Spanish with listening
  • French
  • French with listening
  • Chinese with listening
  • Italian
  • German
  • German with listening
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Japanese with listening
  • Korean with listening

Types of Questions (Section-Wise)

In the case of maths section question is based on three different fields of maths, here are a few examples of all the 4 sections.

Reading Test

  • Questions based on information and ideas wherein the questions are mainly focused on the idea of the passage.
  • Rhetoric questions asking about the tone, style delivered by the author.
  • Graphical analysis – the students are asked questions to know about their ability to draw Effective conclusions etc.

Writing and Language test

  • In the case of writing the questions are based on how the student puts the idea and articulates it.
  • Standard English Conventions – the questions test the student’s vocabulary skills along with grammar.

SAT Mathematics

  • Questions based on algebra solving linear and quadratic equations.
  • Problem-solving and data analysis – solving questions on graphs, tables, real-world situations, etc.
  • Questions based on complex maths questions and functions.

Essay

  • The essay should be for a wider audience
  • Expression of the student should have a spread out focus
  • Use facts and logical reasoning and evidence to support the idea behind.
  • Students can refer to previously published work in their essay. It enhances the essay.
  • Various topics are given for writing the essay to the students.

FAQs

 

1. How many times can I attempt the SAT exam in a year?

You can take the SAT as many times as you wish to.

 

2. How many times the SAT exam conducts in a year?

SAT is available for 7 times annually in the U.S and 5 times a year in other countries.

 

3. How do I register for the SAT exam?

You can register in the College Board website or offline through mail under special cases.

 

4. What are the eligibility criteria for the SATs?

There is no such criterion for the SATs. You should have a valid ID to present at the Test Center.

 

5. What to do if I lose my admission ticket?

Get another print out of your admission ticket from the College Board website.

 

7. What to do if I forget my admission ticket at the test center?

Students without an admission ticket are not allowed to enter the test center so make it a point to always have the admission ticket with you on all test days.

 

8. Is it important to take the SAT Subject test?

It is a way to portray your interests through these subjects and let the college of your choice know about it.

 

9. Is essay writing necessary in SAT?

It is optional in the paper, though there are many colleges in the U.S who ask for an essay to get an idea of student thought the process.

 

10. What are the main subjects covered in the SAT exam?

The main subjects included in the SAT are English, History, Mathematics, and other subjects.

 

11. Is the use of calculator permitted for the maths paper?

The use of calculators is permitted in one section of mathematics, but on the other section of maths, it is prohibited.

 

12. How do I send my SAT scores to the colleges?

College Board provides a choice through which one can send four scores for free, during registration.

 

13. Is there an option to cancel the SAT scores?

Yes, you cancel the SAT scores if you feel you haven’t performed well in the exams.

 

14. How to cancel the SAT score?

You can ask for the score cancellation form at the center and submit to the coordinator or you can download and fill the form and send it with a written request to the College Board.

 

15. Can I cancel my scheduled SAT?

You can cancel your scheduled SAT if you have a genuine reason.

 

16. How can I check the SAT result?

Login to your College Board profile to check your SAT scores.

 


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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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