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About the SAT

The SAT has four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (with calculator). There is also an optional essay that is recommended or required by some colleges.

Math

80 Minutes/58 Questions

Testing algebra, problem solving, data analysis, and advanced math

Reading

65 Minutes/52 Questions

Understanding complex passages and identifying words in context

Writing and Language

35 Minutes/44 Questions

Targeting grammar and argument-building abilities

Essay*

50 Minutes/*Optional

Some schools may require the Essay, so be sure to ask before you take the SAT.

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