## SAT Format

The SAT Exam is comprised of

**five parts:****Evidence-Based Reading-**65 minutes, 52 question**s****Writing & Language-**35 minutes, 44 questions**Math (No Calculator)-**25 minutes, 20 questions**Math (Calculator)-**55 minutes, 38 questions**Optional Essay-**50 minutes, 1 essay

## How the SAT is Scored

**The Composite Score**

Your total score for the entire test

- 400 points (lowest) to 1600 points (highest)
- Composite Score includes totals from:
- Area 1: Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing
- 200-800 points
- Combined score from the a) Reading and b) Writing & Language parts of test.

- Area 2: Math
- 200-800 points
- Combined score from the a) Math, no calculator, and b) Math, with calculator, parts of test.

- Area 1: Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing
- The average score is 1000 total points, which is 500 points per area.
- Excellent- Top 25%- 1200 points
- Poor- Lowest 25%- 840 points

- The essay is scored separately and doesn't count toward your Composite Score.
- On the old SAT, you were docked a quarter of a point for every question answered incorrectly.
**The new SAT**is now more like the ACT, where incorrect answers are treated the same as questions left blank- no points added or subtracted. There are also four answer choices for each question, rather than five. What does this mean if you are having trouble with a question? Make an educated guess! You have at least a 25% chance of being correct.

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