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Getting to Know the SAT

Question types, test directions, and approaches

The SAT is composed of three sections:

  • Critical reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Each section is scored on a scale of 200 to 800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice sections and the essay.

Visit the student site to learn about the question types on the SAT. For each of the three sections, you'll find a list of question types, test directions, sample questions, and approaches. Much of this content also appears in the free Getting Ready for the SAT delivered to high schools. A math review is available for download and printing for students who have limited Internet access: SAT Program Mathematics Review.

Learn more by following these links to the student area of the site:

Customized Entry Pages

Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • Getting Ready for the SAT
  • SAT Program Mathematics Review
  • SAT Skills Insight for Educators
  • SAT Practice Tools Brochure
  • SAT Resources for International Educators Brochure

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