SAT Test Breakdown

Welcome to this overview of the SAT!

If you need help studying for the SAT or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place.

What’s on the SAT?

Questions: 98
Time limit: 134 minutes

The SAT contains 98 questions total, most of which are multiple-choice. For some questions in the Math section, you’ll need to type in your answer instead of selecting the right answer from a list of options. The time limit is 134 minutes (2 hours and 14 minutes).

Let’s take a closer look at the two sections of the SAT.

54 questions | 64 minutes

The Reading and Writing section of the SAT is split into two modules, each timed at 32 minutes. In each module, you’ll be asked to read a handful of passages and answer some related questions about each one.

These are the four main topics you’ll come across on this section of the test:

  1. Information and Ideas
  2. Craft and Structure
  3. Expression of Ideas
  4. Standard English Conventions

44 questions | 70 minutes

The Math section of the SAT is also split into two modules, each timed at 35 minutes.

The good news is that you can use a calculator throughout the entire Math section! You can bring your own pre-approved calculator, or you can just use the one that’s built into the testing program.

These are the four main topics you’ll come across on this section of the test:

  1. Algebra
  2. Advanced Math
  3. Problem-Solving and Data Analysis
  4. Geometry and Trigonometry

How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to visit the College Board website. Before you finish the registration process, you’ll need to pay the $60 testing fee (unless you have a waiver!).

Usually, students take the test during the second semester of their junior year of high school, but you can take it at any time during your junior or senior year.

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SAT Scores

SAT scores range from 400 to 1600, and the average score hovers around 1050. If you score above that, you’re doing better than average! If you manage a score of 1350, you’re in the top 10% of people who took the test, making your college applications shine a bit brighter.

Usually, you’ll be able to see your SAT scores two to four weeks after you’ve taken the test. If you took the SAT during the summer, you might have to wait a bit longer to see how you did.

Retaking the SAT

If you didn’t get the score you wanted on your first try, that’s okay! You can retake the test during the next available testing period.

Keep in mind that you will have to pay the full testing fee every time you retake the test.

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How long is the SAT?


The test is timed at 134 minutes (2 hours and 14 minutes).


How many times can you take the SAT?


You can take the SAT as many times as you’d like. The College Board recommends taking it at least twice.


What is the average SAT score?


The average SAT score is 1050.


How many questions are on the SAT?


There are 98 questions on the SAT, most of which are multiple-choice.


What is the highest SAT score?


The highest score you can get is 1600.


When do you take the SAT?


The College Board sets aside specific days throughout the year to take the test.