SAT I (Grades 11, 12)

Test Length and Timing
Component Time Allocated (min.) Number of Questions/Tasks
 Reading 65 52
 Writing and Language 35 44
 Essay (Optional) 50 1
 Math 80 58
 Total 180 (230 w/ Essay) 154 (155 w/ Essay)


Test Details
Category Information
Total Testing Time  3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
  3. Essay (optional)
Important Features
  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)
  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
  • 50 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
Score Reporting
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately


SAT II: Subject Test
The SAT II tests measure students’ knowledge or skills in a particular subject and their ability to apply that knowledge.

Literature SAT II  (Grades 11, 12)

This test measures the ability to express ideas effectively in standard written English.

Topics covered: identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, improving paragraphs, and providing sample essays.


Mathematics Level IC / IIC  (Grades 11, 12)

Level IC is intended for students who have taken three years of college-preparatory mathematics (two years of algebra and a year of geometry).  Use of scientific / graphing calculators are permitted.

Level IIC is intended for students who have taken college-preparatory mathematics for more than three years (two years of algebra, a year of geometry, and pre-calculus).  Use of scientific / graphing calculators are permitted and often required.

Topics covered: algebra, geometry, basic trigonometry, algebraic functions, elementary statistics, data interpretation, measures of central tendency and other miscellaneous topics.


Biology SAT II  (Grades 9, 10)

Topics covered: cellular and molecular biology, ecology, classical genetics, organismal biology, evolution and diversity.


Chemistry SAT II  (Grades 10, 11)

Topics covered: atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium and reaction, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry, laboratory , balancing equations and predicting products of chemical reactions.


Physics SAT II  (Grades 11, 12)

Topics covered: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, modern physics, measurement, math skills, and history of physics.

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