“The New SAT Essay Test is Now Optional” and Other Things You Need to Know About the New SAT

Formerly referred to as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a standardized exam used for admissions at colleges and universities in U.S. and other countries.


The College Board created, owned, and published the SAT, and they have been administering this exam for more than 90 years now. Headquartered in New York City, the College Board is a not-for-profit organization, which is developing and administering standardized exams and curricula used by K–12 and post-secondary educational institutions. These exams are used in promoting college-readiness.


The New SAT, initially delivered in March of 2016, is specifically designed to measure test takers’ mathematical aptitude, reading comprehension, essay writing skills, and knowledge of basic high school-level grammar concepts. Below are the things you need to know about the sections of the New SAT:


  • New SAT Math Sections – there are two sections that cover math on the New SAT. These two sections measure the test takers’ knowledge in the concepts of (1) numbers and operations, (2) algebra and functions, (3) geometry and measurements, and (4) data analysis, statistics, and probability. Test takers have answer 44 multiple choice questions and 10 student-produced response questions.


  • New SAT Reading Section – in this section, test takers have 65 minutes to finish 52 questions over the course of five passages: one passage covering US and world literature, two passages covering history and social studies, and the remaining two passages covering science. There are four possible answers to each of the 52 questions in the New SAT Reading Section.


  • New SAT Writing and Language Section – test takers have 35 minutes to answer a total of 44 questions over the course of four passages. This section generally measures test takers’ knowledge in basic grammar concepts. For a test taker to attain a perfect score in the New SAT Writing and Language Section, he/she should be knowledgeable in high school-level grammar and writing concepts.


  • New SAT Essay Test – the last section of the New SAT is now optional. It is a 50-minute essay test designed to measure the test takers’ ability in analyzing and deconstructing an argument. There is a separate score for this section.


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