As SAT aspirants gear up for their upcoming exam, the stress levels must be high; all-nighters would be a daily phenomenon and sleep may have to wait until the end of the examinations. A good SAT score is the student’s gateway into the top universities in the USA. Having said this, one can gauge the importance of the exam along with knowing what kind of questions to expect.
The Evidence-based Reading section of the SAT consists of 52 questions which need to be attempted in 65 minutes. The student is given five passages in total:
This section of the SAT tests two primary skills:
The Evidence-based Writing section of the SAT consists of 4 passages which have 44 multiple choice questions that need to be attempted in 35 minutes.
The key to succeeding in the SAT is knowing the type of questions that are asked in the exam. Hence, solving past SAT papers and taking mock tests before the exam are the best ways to prepare for the exam.
The Mathematics section of the SAT is divided into two sections which need to be completed in 80 minutes. In the first section, the use of calculators is not permitted and students are given 25 minutes to solve 20 questions. In the second section, students have to solve 38 questions in 55 minutes and are allowed to use a calculator.
Since Mathematics is a concern for many students, being thorough with the course covered and with the type of questions asked is extremely important. Revise your basic Mathematics concepts, know your formulas thoroughly, and practice enough questions in the stipulated time.
In this section, the candidate is given a 650-700 word passage to read and then write an essay analyzing how the author constructed his or her argument as well as how persuasive the argument is. Unlike the essay section in the old SAT format, students are not expected to agree or disagree with the author’s views. This section is graded on three broad parameters: