SAT exam pattern comprises of two major sections – Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math and an optional essay. Both sections, EBRW and Math, are scored on a range of 200-800. Even though optional, SAT essay score is required by a number of colleges during the application process. The score range for SAT Essay section is 2 to 8.
- Both sections of EBRW questions are multiple-choice questions
- Math is divided into two sets of questions – one to be attempted without using a calculator and one with a calculator
- Most of the Mathematics questions are MCQs; some questions are grid-ins i.e. students must solve and fill in the answer on the bubble sheet
- The exam is 3 hours long. SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes long.
- There is a time limit of 100 minutes to attempt EBRW and 80 minutes for Math.
||Number of Questions
||Time Limit (min.)
|Evidence-based Reading and Writing
|Writing and Language Test
||Math without a Calculator
|Math with Calculator
||2 to 8
||154(155 with Essay)
||180 (230 with essay)