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Need a clear definition of SAT test attributes

Hello, everyone. I'm a bit swamped getting my head around the SAT structure. Would anyone mind giving a brief definition or summarization of what the test involves?

18 days ago

Hey! Absolutely, I'd be happy to clear things up for you.

As of Spring 2024, the SAT has transitioned to a fully digital format, so let me break that down for you. The digital SAT comprises two main sections: Reading/Writing and Math.

1. Reading/Writing: This section is divided into two 32-minute modules, totaling 64 minutes. In these modules, you will be expected to answer 54 questions. The type of questions you'll encounter here will be focusing on comprehension of reading passages and command of written English conventions.

2. Math: Similar to the Reading/Writing section, this section is composed of two modules. However, each module for the Math section is 35 minutes long, so you're looking at a total time of 70 minutes. In this time, you’ll need to answer 44 questions that assess your understanding of high school math concepts and your problem-solving skills.

With this format, you essentially have 134 minutes to answer 98 questions. Also, unlike the previous SAT, where there was a no-calculator section on the Math part, the digital SAT lets you use a calculator on both Math modules, so that's a change to note.

One key thing to keep in mind is that the SAT doesn't assess your knowledge of a specific curriculum. Instead, it evaluates your readiness for college, focusing on the skills and knowledge that matter most for success in postsecondary education.

Preparation can be done through various methods. The CollegeBoard provides some official practice materials that you can use to familiarize yourself with the test format and types of questions. The Bluebook™ app also allows you to preview the digital SAT and take a full-length practice test. I hope this helps!

Knowing more about the SAT structure will equip you with a good road map to your test preparation, helping you to focus on mastering the necessary skills and ensuring a smooth experience on test day.

18 days ago

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