Updated on - April 7th 2020 by Rachit Agrawal

Syllabus

SAT Syllabus- 2020

The syllabus for SAT examination changes every year with the changes made in the history politically or philosophically. There are a total of 20 subjects which are included in the exam which are Mathematics, Politics, Environment, Science, Languages, History, Literature and many more.  Every year the pattern and the syllabus are changed and students need to prepare for the exam accordingly. The new pattern and syllabus are declared at the beginning of a new session for the preparations over a period of almost a year.

SAT Exam Syllabus

The exam syllabus is from 20 subjects and is among Mathematics, Science, Literature, Politics, Government, Environment etc. SAT exam is difficult as most of the foreign Universities and Colleges need SAT scores in their admission procedure as they want best for their institute. Thus, they want a student who has knowledge about as many things as possible. The exam syllabus is as follows:

Literature

Biology/EM

German

Italian

Political

US History

Chemistry

German with Listening

Latin

Environmental Studies

World History

Physics

Spanish

Chinese with Listening

Social Studies

Math Level 1

French

Spanish with Listening

Japanese with Listening

Governmental Studies

Math Level 2

French with Listening

Modern Hebrew

Korean with Listening

Essay Writing (Optional)

 SAT Math Syllabus

Many students have a fear of Mathematics and when the section carries 200 to 800 marks it is very important to be very fair and clear with this section as it contains a lot of weight of marks. The overall duration for attending this section is about 2 hours. Some of the major points from the syllabus are as follows:

  1. There are 2 sections under the Math level wherein the 1st section students are allowed to use the calculator and in the 2nd section, students are not allowed to use the calculator.
  2. The 1st section is for 55 minutes where students are allowed to use the calculator and the 2nd section is for 25 minutes where students are not allowed to use the calculator.
  3. The 1st section consists of 38 questions and the 2nd section consists of 20 questions.
  4. There are 3 cores inside the Math level.
  5. The 1st core is Algebra.
  6. The 2nd core is Data Analysis and Problem Solving.
  7. The 3rd core is Advanced Mathematics.
  8. Under Algebra there are 4 main points.
  9. Under Data Analysis and Problem Solving there are 9 points.
  10. Under Advanced Mathematics there are 7 points.

SAT Math Level 1 Syllabus

SAT Math Level 1 is mainly for those students who want to make a career in Engineering or Science related subjects. This level shows the preparation done by a 3-year graduate student which consists of questions related to Geometry and Algebra. It is a 60 Minute examination which has approximately 50 questions.

  1. Graphical representation
  2. Linear equations
  3. Linear inequalities
  4. Two variables and their systems
  5. Rational Coefficients
  6. System of Linear equations
  7. Quadratic equations
  8. Functional Notations
  9. Non-Linear relationships and their variables
  10. Polynomial questions

SAT Math Level 2 Syllabus

In the 1st level, there are 2 main topics which are covered which are mainly Geometry and Algebra. Thus, level 2 is an extended version of the syllabus as it consists of the addition of trigonometry and elementary functions or Precalculus. The minimum time is 60 minutes and it is an MCQ based question. 

  1. Right Triangles and Identities
  2. Radian measures
  3. Law of Cosines
  4. Law of Sines
  5. Equations and Double angular formulas
  6. Mean, Median, Mode
  7. Least square regression
  8. Surface, area and volume
  9. Hyperbolas
  10. Circles

SAT English Syllabus

The English Syllabus of SAT mainly consists of the Writing and Reading sections. In these sections, students are needed to either answer the given question by reading a specific paragraph or are either asked to write an article or summary about any specific topic given. 50 Minutes are given for this section each at the most.

  1. 1 passage from American Literature novel.
  2. 1 passage from US Founding Documents from Global Conversations.
  3. Selection of passages.
  4. 2 passage from Science.
  5. Passages from Sociology, Psychology etc.
  6. Selection of Passage from Economics.
  7. Storytelling.
  8. Explaining a study or research.
  9. Explaining an experiment.
  10. Making an argument or conversation.

SAT Biology Syllabus

It is an exam of about 80 questions which are a set of  Multiple Choice Questions. It helps the students to gain the knowledge and ability to understand the major concerns and concepts of Biology, its functions and its importance.

  1. Laboratory experience is needed.
  2. Metric system measurements are recorded.
  3. Ecological Biology
  4. Molecular Biology.
  5. Biological Communities.
  6. Population and Energy Flow.
  7. Biochemistry.
  8. Cellular Structure.
  9. Respiration.
  10. Photosynthesis.

SAT Chemistry Syllabus

It is a 60-minute examination where there are approximately 85 questions which are Multiple Choice Questions. This section is mainly to access the knowledge and ability of students related to chemistry with all considerable equations and rules.

  1. Structure of Matter
  2. States of Matter
  3. Reaction Types
  4. Stoichiometry
  5. Equilibrium
  6. Reaction Rates
  7. Thermochemistry
  8. Descriptive Chemistry
  9. Laboratory
  10. Mole Concept

SAT Physics Syllabus

It is a 60-minute examination where there are approximately 85 questions which are Multiple Choice Questions. This section is mainly to access the knowledge and ability of students related to physics with all considerable laws and rules.

  1. Mechanics
  2. Electricity
  3. Magnetism
  4. Waves
  5. Optics
  6. Heat
  7. Thermodynamics
  8. Modern Physics
  9. Laws of Physics
  10. Miscellaneous

SAT Exam Pattern

There are a total of 4 main sections which are 52,44,20,38,1 in individual sections. The time limit for each section is 65,35,25,55,50. The score range is 200-800. There is an optional essay which is given to the students and it is their choice if they want to write or not.

  1. 52 Multiple Choice Questions
  2. 5 Passages should be written.
  3. 4 sub-sections.
  4. 1st subsection: Reading test.
  5. 2nd subsection: Writing test.
  6. 3rd subsection: Math Level 1.
  7. 4th subsection: Math Level 2.
  8. In Math level 1 calculator can be used.
  9. In Math level, 2 calculators should not be used.
  10. The total score range is from 400 to 1600.

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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