Learn about the SAT

Learn the basics about the SAT–including what to expect on Test Day.

Studying for the SAT

The SAT is scored on a 1600 point scale. The Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections are each scored out of 800 and combined to get the overall score. The SAT also features an optional essay portion that some schools may require.

  • SAT One Month Study Plan

    Ace the SAT with expert help from Kaplan’s instructors. Learn what your strengths and weaknesses are on the SAT. Then, learn to target your weaknesses while also building on your strengths.

  • How is vocabulary tested on the SAT?

    Vocabulary makes up a substantial portion of the SAT reading and writing section. While the fill-in the blank questions are in the past, word in context questions still require you to have a strong grasp on vocabulary. Learn more >

  • What’s on the SAT: Math

    Between the two the SAT Math sections you will tackle a total 58 questions in 80 minutes. These questions test your knowledge of 4 math content areas with multiple choice and grid-in questions. Learn more >

SAT Prep Courses

The amount of time you should dedicate to prepping for the SAT largely depends on what your score is and how many points you want to raise it. Kaplan prep courses give you 18+ hours of instruction and additional resources and study plans so you can practice, prepare, and build confidence for Test Day.

  • SAT Prep PLUS

    All the benefits of the classic SAT prep course plus three hours of private coaching, a math foundations course, and ACT prep and practice. Learn more >

  • SAT Prep – Self-Paced Online

    Want test prep on your terms? Prefer working on your own from home? With Kaplan’s self-paced online courses, you can work at your own place, at your own pace—wherever you are, at whatever time suits you. Learn more >