SAT Syllabus

Pragya Sharma ✅

Pragya Sharma ✅

Co-Founder @ Ace My Prep & Study Abroad Expert


SAT Exam Syllabus and Pattern

The SAT exam syllabus contains several courses studied by aspirants throughout the years. This includes the following components-:
Writing- (44 questions)
  1. Essay Section- 25 minutes
  2. Multiple Choice Sections- 25 minutes and 10 minutes
Critical Reading- (52 questions)
  1. Reading Comprehension- 25 minutes
  2. Sentence Completion- 25 minutes
  3. Critical Reading (Paragraph-Length)- 20 minutes
Mathematics- (58 questions)
  1. Algebra and Functions- 25 minutes
  2. Geometry and Statistics- 20 minutes
  3. Probability and Data Analysis- 20 minutes
There are 154 questions in all and the total score for them is 1600.
Calculation of SAT Exam Scores
Every section of SAT will be evaluated on a scale of 200-800 points. The total score will be the sum of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (cumulative score of SAT Writing and Reading) and Math section.

Both the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) sections make for 800 points each. Initial scoring (i.e. the raw score) is done on a scale of 10-40 points. This is changed into a 200–800 points scale and this makes up the end score for the EBRW section. Math is divided into No-Calculator and Calculator sections that contain 20 and 38 questions respectively. This is initially scored on a scale of 10-40 points and is converted thereafter into 200-800 section scores.

The minimum score is 400 (combined total) for the Math and EBRW sections. The lowest score is 200 for individual SAT sections. The College Board offers benchmarks, depending on the grade in which a student is appearing for SAT. Students meeting the score benchmark will have a 75% chance of getting a ‘C’ in the first college semester as per the College Board.

A green sign signifies that you have matched or surpassed the minimum required score. A yellow sign indicates a score that falls just a year short of the academic growth for the next benchmark. A red sign denotes a score that is way lower than the earlier threshold. The below table will help you understand this:

Specific Grade/Time of Taking TestMath Benchmark ThresholdEBRW Benchmark ThresholdCumulative Benchmark
Ready for College5304801010

Cross-test scores, an element of the SAT exam result that measures a candidate’s problem-solving skills, is marked between the range of 10 to 40. Scores of this component are calculated on the basis of two predominant criteria, namely Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies. 

Sub score is another part of the SAT assessment and the score in this segment ranges between 1 to 15. The sub-scores for EBRW are evaluated on the following:

  • Standard English Conventions
  • Expression of Ideas
  • Words in Context
  • Command of Evidence
The sub-score for Math is evaluated on the following:
  • Passport to Advanced Math
  • Heart of Algebra
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis

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