The New SAT The new SAT Reasoning Test™ was administered for the first time on March 12, 2005.
Changes to the test include the addition of third-year college preparatory math, more critical reading, and a new writing
section. The College Board made these changes to better reflect what students study in high school.
The three-hour-and-forty-five-minute test is divided into nine subsections:
One 25-minute essay,
Two 25-minute critical reading sections,
One 20-minute critical reading section,
Two 25-minute math sections,
One 25-minute writing section,
One 10-minute writing section,
One 25-minute experimental section (which may be math, critical reading or writing).
How Does the Scoring Work? Each SAT section is scored on a scale of 200-800. The average score on the SAT is about 500 on the critical reading
portion, 500 on the math portion, and 500 on the writing portion. Some of the questions are easy, and some are hard, but the
majority are of medium difficulty. Medium-difficulty questions are answered correctly by about one-third to two-thirds of
The SAT is designed so that a student who answers about half the questions correctly
will receive an average score.