The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is administered by the College Board. in the United States and is developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
After SAT's introduction in 1901, the name and scoring changed several times. In March 2005, the test was renamed as "SAT Reasoning Test" with changes to the test structure and the range of possible scores. This is then the “New SAT”. (By the way, do take note that some materials on the Internet may still refer to the old SAT).
One explicitly stated purpose of the SAT is to predict how students will perform academically as college freshmen. But, the more practical purpose of the SAT is to help college admissions officers make acceptance decisions, because it provides a single, standardized means of comparison. Other factors considered by the college are your academic record, your involvement in school activities, your application essay, and your letters of recommendation.
The New SAT has 10 test sections; with 3 math sections, 3 critical reading sections, 3 writing sections and a "variable" section of either math, crtical reading or writing. Even though the variable section doesn't count toward your score, you have no way to know which is the variable section, so you must do your best on all the ten sections.
Each test section is timed to take either 10, 20 or 25 minutes. The whole test will take you 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete. The following table gives you an idea of what to expect.
Type of Questions
Number of Questions
Two 25-minute test sections and one 20-minute test section.