There is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” score, since there are many factors apart from your SAT® score that universities consider. Students with an average score might still make it to a good university because ofa stellar academic and extra-curricular profile. We recommend that you aim for a 1400+ score out of 1600 on the New SAT® format, so that your performance in the “SAT® score criteria” in the admission process remains strong.
Simple. The NewSAT® has a set of well defined topics and a set of select question types. A combination of this covers the entire spectrum of questions that can come in the SAT®. Mastering this typically takes 2-3 months of effort. You need to:
Compared to earlier, the New SAT® has become even more predictable. Not only has the College Board published the subject topics, they have even given a percentage-wise breakup of the broad topics in the test. Here is an overview of the topics and their weight in the test:
New SAT® Math
The New SAT® Math section comprises of two tests:
|SAT® Math||# of Questions||Duration|
|Calculator Portion||38 Questions||55 mins|
|No-Calculator Portions||20 Questions||25 mins|
The New SAT® Math Syllabus consists of the following:
|Topics||# of Questions||%age of Questions|
|Heart of Algebra||19 Questions||33%|
|Problem Solving & Data Analysis||17 Questions||29%|
|Passport to Advanced Math||16 Questions||28%|
|Additional Topics in Maths||6 Questions||10%|
New SAT® Evidence Based Reading & Writing
The SAT® Evidence Based Reading & Writing section comprises two tests – SAT® Reading Test and SAT® Writing and Language Test.
|SAT® Evidence Based Reading & Writing||# of Questions||Duration|
|SAT® Reading Test||5 passages: 52 Questions||65 Minutes|
|SAT® Writing & Language Test||4 passages: 44 Questions||35 Mins|
SAT® Reading Test
The test comprises a series of passages and associated multiple-choice questions.To answer the questions, students must refer to what the passages say explicitly and use careful reasoning to draw supportable inferences from the passages.
You will encounter 4 single passages and 1 paired passage: 500–750 words per passage or paired set. Here is a breakup of SAT® Reading Test passages:
|U.S. and World Literature||1 passage; 10 questions||20%|
|History/Social Studies||2 passages, or 1 passage and 1 pair; 10– 11 questions each||40%|
|Science||2 passages, or 1 passage and 1 pair;10 –11 questions each||40%|
SAT® Writing & Language Test
This test evaluates your proficiency in revising and editing passage content, both academic and career related - for development, organization, effective language use and for conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English grammar, usage, and punctuation.
You will encounter 4 passages: 400–450 words per passage. Here is the breakup of SAT® Reading Test passages:
|Careers||1 passage; 11 questions||25%|
|History/Social Studies||2 passage; 11 questions||25%|
|Science||3 passage; 11 questions||25%|
|Humanities||4 passage; 11 questions||25%|
New SAT® Essay
The New SAT® Essay tests your reading, analysis, and writing skills – it contains a passage that you have to analyze. You are supposed to:
The New SAT® no longer has direct vocabulary based questions. Instead, it has shifted to a more application oriented approach – it tests your understanding of the meaning of a word IN CONTEXT of a particular passage.
Therefore, apart from studying SAT® specific word lists, you should also build a habit of reading a lot of articles covering Science, Humanities, American History /Social Studies (e.g. Founding Documents of US).