Free Maine SAT Test Overview

The state of Maine assesses students at least once in high school in the content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. In addition, Maine also requires all public third-year high school students to take SAT tests in critical reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as a separate science assessment. Students are rated at one of four assessment levels: exceeds the standard, meets the standard, partially meets the standard, or does not meet the standard. The state goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on all sections of the exam.

The SAT Critical Reading tests is broken down into three separate sections. A total of 67 multiple-choice questions are asked and students are given 70 minutes of actual testing time not including time required for instructions). The items in the three separate sections range in difficulty, starting with fairly simple, straightforward questions progressing to moderately difficult questions and then to some very demanding items. It is important for students to understand this format so that they do not get particularly discouraged if they are unable to answer the most difficult questions, as other students are likely having difficulty with similar questions as well. To attain the proficiency level set by the state of 460, students must attain a raw score of 23 points out of the 67 questions asked.

The SAT Writing test consists of three separate sections. The first is a 25-minute essay worth 30 percent of the overall writing score. The writing essay is scored on a scale from 0 to 6. Each essay is scored by two separate independent scores, meaning the range of possible scores is 0 to 12. Sections two and three each offer 49 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 45 minutes of testing time. Sections two and three are each worth 35 percent of the overall writing score. The proficiency level set by the state is 450. Because the writing section contains the essay, the overall writing score is created using a formula combining the essay with the multiple-choice raw score.

The SAT Mathematics tests contain three separate sections. There are 54 questions to be answered in a total of 65 minutes. All but 10 of the 54 questions are multiple choice; the other 10 are gridded-response items. The mathematics exam is the only one in which the three sections become progressively more difficult. To attain the proficiency level set by the state of 460, students must attain a raw score of 21 points out of the 54 questions asked.

For all SAT questions, one point is given for each correct answer, zero points are given for each answer left blank, and a negative one-fourth of a point is deducted for each incorrect multiple-choice answer. There is no deduction for incorrect gridded-response answers from the mathematics exam. Students should attempt to answer all questions. For all questions in which students can eliminate the possibility of at least one or two choices but still are unsure of a single correct answer, an educated guess should be provided. For questions in which students are unable to eliminate any answer choices, it may be best to not answer that question at all. Since each multiple-choice question has five answer choices, random guessing will only provide the correct response approximately 20 percent of the time. Students give themselves the best opportunity to score well when they can eliminate at least two answer choices.

The state of Maine offers a variety of free SAT resources for those preparing to take the exam. This includes an Official SAT Online Course, SAT Skills Insight, and what's called The Official SAT Question of the Day. The online course is available to all high school students at any time. The SAT Skills Insight is available to anyone who is interested and shows exactly what is tested on the SAT. No registration or access code is necessary to view the SAT Skills Insight. The same is true for the SAT Question of the Day.

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Last Updated: 03/01/2017


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