About The SAT Test

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test), the nation’s most widely used college admission test, is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities. While the SAT is just one criterion among many in the college admissions process, most schools do place significant weight on an applicant’s scores.

The SAT measures a student’s skills in three core areas: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Students typically take the SAT in the spring of their junior year and, if necessary, again in the fall of their senior year.

SAT Format

The test is given at set time periods during the year and must be scheduled in advance. The SAT is composed of ten sections, with students allotted approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the exam. The following is a breakdown of sections:

  • One 25-minute essay
  • Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • One 10-minute multiple-choice writing section


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