The SAT is a standardized test used by colleges to help them evaluate potential students. In three subject areas: Reading, Writing, and Math, it measures a student’s readiness for college courses. Colleges and universities use the SAT as part of their admissions process. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. SATs are not tests of academic excellence, intelligence, or aptitude.

SAT Exam Information:

  • Number of Questions: 154 questions 
  • Question Type: Multiple-choice 
  • Time Limit: 3 hours 

SAT Exam Details:

Here are some test-taking tips:

  • Pay attention to all the testing directions.
  • Read the questions thoroughly, but do not spend too much time on one question.
  • Select the best choice and try to answer as many questions as possible.
  • There is no deduction for incorrect answers in the calculation of students’ scores.
  • Ensure that you are selecting the answer for the right test question on your answer sheet.
  • After you finish the test, review your answers.

How to fill the Bubble sheet on the Test Day:

  1. Mark the circles in the ID section. One circle per row.
  2. Mark the circles in the Name section (First, Middle, and last name)
  3. No points will be earned if the circle is marked half or some line.
  4. No point will be earned if multiple circles are marked in a row.
  5. Mark the circles with a #2HB pencil.

Grid-in Section:

  1. Mark no more than one circle per column.
  2. There are no negative answers (since there is no way to bubble in a negative sign).
  3. You’ll never include pi in your answer; you’ll use a decimal. For example, 3? would be written as 9.425.
  4. You can write answers as fractions or decimals, but you cannot use mixed numbers. For example, 3 ½ would need to grid in as either 3.5 or 7/2, since the grading machine will read 31/2.
  5. Write your answers in the boxes above the grid to avoid errors in the gridding.
  6. Some questions may have more than one correct answer.
  7. Know the gridding rules before taking the test.

You should know the helpful tips for the exam:

  • Study the direction of each SAT section and get familiar with section directions before the test. On the test day-use your time for the test, not for section directions.
  • Get familiar with the time and number of questions in each section.
  • Bring your watch or timer and set the time 5 minutes early before the end time to review all the answers.
  • Read all the questions of each section first and mark the easy questions.
  • Use the answer booklet if you are not sure of the correct answer. Mark the final answers in the bubble sheet.
  • Avoid leaving marks on the bubble sheets as the machine scores them. Usually, machines cannot distinguish between stray marks and correct answers.
  • Fill the grid-in answers correctly and neatly in the Math Grid-in section.
  • Use #2HB pencil to fill the bubble sheet.

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