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Getting to Know the SAT

This information refers to the current SAT and is in effect through the January 2016 test date. Get information about the redesigned SAT, which starts March 2016.

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. This booklet includes a review of math concepts tested.

Please note that the current Getting Ready for the SAT can be used up until the launch of the redesigned SAT. For more information, visit

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

Visit for additional online practice, including video expalnations and tutorials.

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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