Business schools » GMAT » SAT & GMAT Preparation » Taking the SAT

Taking the SAT

Taking the SAT

About the SAT
If you plan on attending college in the U.S., you need to take the SAT. The SAT is designed to measure a student's math reasoning and skills.

SAT Questions
Some questions on the test are multiple choice and some are not.

The math portion consists of three sections and covers estimations and probabilities, along with all aspects of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. One section has thirty-five questions, each with five answers to choose from. Another section has fifteen questions, each with four answers to choose from. There is also a math section that contains ten questions and no multiple choice answers.

SAT Time Limit
The SAT is a timed test. You only have three hours to complete all seven sections. The following list will tell you how long you have to complete each portion:

Math: 75 minutes
Verbal: 75 minutes
Equating: 30 minutes

SAT Scoring
SAT scores range from 200 to 800 points in each section of the SAT. A perfect score is 1600 points. Approximately 1,000,000 students take the SAT each year. On average, only 20 of them get a perfect score.

SAT Test Dates
Test dates are offered in October, November, December, January, April, May, and June. You must be registered to take the SAT.