The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. It is intended to help the graduate schools (of all fields other than business) assess the potential of applicants for advanced study. The Board is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college and opportunity, with a commitment to excellence and equity. The Board is composed of more than 4,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves more than three million students and their parents, 22,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. A board of trustees composed of 31 members, seven of whom are ex officio, governs the College Board. The SAT is given seven times a year at thousands of testing centers throughout the world.

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school. About half the students who take the SAT do so twice in the spring of their junior year and fall of their senior year. Today, nearly 80 percent of four-year colleges and universities use test scores in admissions decisions. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the best way to predict freshman year grade point average is to use a combination of SAT scores and the high school grade point average.


Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

There are 3 sections Critical Reading, Math and Writing sections (200-800 points/section)

The SAT measures general scholastic aptitude in three areas: critical reading, quantitative reasoning, and writing.

The Critical Reading Section (formerly known as the verbal section) has two question types: sentence completions and reading comprehension questions. Within the reading comprehension section, there are both long reading passages and short (one paragraph) reading passage questions. All questions are multiple choice with five answer choices.

The Quantitative Section has two types of questions: multiple choice and “grid-ins,” which have an answer grid that allows you to enter any four-digit number. These questions cover four main topic areas: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and mathematical logic.

The Writing Section of the SAT exam consists of two parts: a student-written essay section, in which you’ll be asked to write a short essay (25 minutes), and multiple choice questions (35 minutes) that will measure your ability to identify grammatical errors and improve sentences or paragraphs.