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The Test Breakdown
Beginning with the March 2005 administration, the SAT became a little longer, little harder, and a lot different. The test is now 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The former Verbal Section has been renamed Critical Reading. The Analogies questions have been eliminated and replaced with Short Reading Passages. The SAT Writing Section has been added, which contains multiple-choice grammar questions and a 25-minute written essay. Finally, the Math Section has been expanded to include three years of high school math -- in other words, it now includes harder questions in the area of algebra II. Quantitative comparisons, those nasty column A/column B questions, are gone. This book is equipped with everything you need to ace all three sections of the SAT.
Each section of the SAT scored on a 200-800 point scale. The three scores are then added together to get your cumulative score. You can now get a perfect score of 2400. This book is designed for the 2400 test taker.
Format and Time
The SAT topic areas are divided into nine sections. (Actually, there will be ten sections on the test, but one of them is a 25-minute experimental section that won't count. You won't know which section that is, however, so you'll have to work through all sections alike.) Here's how they break down.
The Math Section (70 Minutes)
There are two kinds of questions on the Math section: Regular Math questions, which are straightforward multiple-choice questions; and Grid-Ins, which require you to write your response in a little grid. Both types of question test the same math concepts -- they're just in different formats. There are two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section.
The Critical Reading Section (70 Minutes)
The Critical Reading section contains three types of questions. Sentence Completions test your ability to see how the parts of a sentence relate to each other. They are basic fill-in-the-blank questions -- with either one blank or two. Short Reading Comprehension questions test your ability to understand a very brief passage, and Long Reading Comprehension questions test your know-how with a longer text. For the Reading Comprehension questions, you are asked about such things as the main idea, contextual references, and vocabulary. There are two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section.
The Writing Section (60 Minutes)
The Writing section is broken into two parts: a written essay (that you write), and multiple-choice questions in Identifying Sentence Errors, Improving Sentences, and Improving Paragraphs. Both sections are meant to test your grasp of grammar, identifying sentence errors, and vocabulary.
The essay assignment is the very first section on the test. You'll have 25 minutes to write the essay. You'll have 25 minutes for one multiple-choice section, and one 10-minute section.
There are a few different ways to register for the SAT exam. You will want to check the College Board website at collegeboard.com for complete information about registering for the SAT and for the most up-to-date information concerning changes in dates, fees, etc. You should try to register early to secure the time you want at the test center of your choice and to avoid late registration fees.
Register by Mail, Online, or Telephone
- To register for the SAT by mail, you'll need to get a Registration Bulletin from your high school guidance counselor and follow the instructions within.
- You can also register online at collegeboard.com/sat/html/satform.html. The website contains easy, step-by-step instructions for electronically submitting your registration. Not all students are eligible to register online; read the instructions and requirements carefully.
- You may reregister by telephone if you've previously registered for the SAT or an SAT II Subject Test and you require no special forms (such as a fee waiver). If you have a touch-tone phone and a major credit card, you can reregister by calling (800) SAT-SCORE. If you need assistance, you can reach a customer service representative at (609) 771-7600.
- Students with disabilities can call (609) 771-7137 (TTY: (609) 882-4118) for more information.
- The basic fee is for the NEW SAT is $41.50 in the United States. This price includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges and scholarship programs. There are additional fees for late registration, standby testing, international processing, changing test centers or test dates, rush reporting, and for additional services and products.
- The SAT is administered on select Saturdays during the school year. Sunday testing is available for students who cannot take the Saturday test because of religious observances.
- You will receive an admission ticket at least a week before the test. The ticket confirms your registration at a specified date and at a specified test center. Make sure to bring it, and proper identification, with you to the test center. Some acceptable forms of identification include photo IDs, such as a driver's license, a school identification card, or a valid passport. Unacceptable forms of identification include a social security card, credit card, or birth certificate.
- Check with the College Board for all the latest information on the test. Every effort is made to keep the information in this book up-to-date, but changes may occur after the book is published.
- You might be wondering whether to take the SAT, ACT, or both. For more information on the ACT, go to the ACT website at act.org/aap/.
- SAT scores will be available online approximately three weeks after the test. If you can't wait that long, you can get your scores eight days earlier with Scores by Web or Scores by Phone. Please visit collegeboard.com for more information.
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