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The SAT is the world’s most globally recognised university admission test. Most American universities use the SAT as a tool to determine a student’s academic calibre.

Effective March 2016, the SAT will be in a revised format. The new format includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test and a Math Test.

The new SAT has an optional essay component which some universities require.

In the revised format SAT, students will no longer be penalised for wrong answers.


SAT Reading Test

All the SAT Reading Test questions are multiple choice and based on passages. There will be graphics such as tables and graphs accompanying some passages. To do well, you have to understand the context of the passage and interpret what the author implies.

The SAT Reading Test will include:

  • One passage from a classic or contemporary work of United States or world literature
  • Passages from a US founding document (eg Constitution) or a text in the great conversation they inspired.
  • A selection about economics, psychology, sociology or some other social sciences
  • Two science passages that examine concepts & developments in Earth Science, biology, chemistry or physics


SAT Writing and Language Test

All the questions are multiple choice and based on passages. No prior topic knowledge is required and no math is required. The Writing and Language Test requires you to do three things:

  1. Read
  2. Find mistakes and weaknesses
  3. Fix them

The passages you improve will cover topics from humanities to science.


SAT Math Test

Questions on the Math test are designed to simulate the problem-solving and modelling you do in university math and science courses. To derive the right answers, you are likely to use several steps to get there. Most of the Math questions are multiple choice but some will ask you to give an answer. About 20% of the questions require a student-produced response.

The Math Test has 2 portions:

  • Math Test – Calculator
  • Math Test – No Calculator


To do well, you need to demonstrate a good grasp of math concepts, operations and relations that a university student should know. So algebra, geometry and statistics must be part of your comfort zone.


For detailed information about SAT, visit: www.collegeboard.org