Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You'll also get two "subscores" on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.
But how do you get these scores? Two steps happen before you see a final score.
First, we figure out your raw score by:
* Adding points for correct answers.
* Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers.
Keep in mind: Questions that a person skipped don't depend either for or even against your rating, and points aren't removed for wrong answers about the math questions where you required to fill the answers inside a grid.
After that we take your own raw score and transform it into a scaled rating. This is in which the score of 200–800 points originates from, and it is performed through a record process called "equating. " This process assists you to compare your score using the scores of additional students who required alternative versions from the test, and for your own scores upon previous tests.
As the nation's most widely used college admission test, the SAT is the first step toward higher education for students of all backgrounds. It's taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities.
There are a number of reasons to take the SAT, but here are some of the best:
It tests what you already know.
The SAT tests the reading, writing and mathematics skills that you learn in school and that are critical for success in college and beyond.
It's fair to everyone.
The questions are thoroughly researched and tested to make sure students from all backgrounds have an equal chance to succeed.
It's more than just a test.
The SAT also provides the opportunity for you to connect to scholarship opportunities, place out of certain college courses and learn more about your academic strengths.
The SAT is made up of 10 sections:
- A 25-minute essay
- Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
- Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
- A 10-minute multiple-choice writing section
Total test time: 3 hours and 45 minutes
You'll also get three short breaks during the testing, so don't forget to bring a snack!