Keep track o time.
Don’t spend too much time on any groupo questions within a section.
Use your test booklet as scratch paper.
In your test booklet, mark the questions that you skippedand to which you want to return. Mark your answers in thecorrect column o your answer sheet.
The answer sheet hasﬁve circles or each question. In certain SAT Subject Tests,some questions have only three or our possible answers.
Check your answer sheet to make sure you are placing youranswers correctly.
Always use a No. 2 pencil.
All answer sheet circles must beﬁlled in darkly and completely with a No. 2 pencil.
The SAT essay must be written with a No. 2 pencil. Essays in pen willreceive a score o 0
Know What to Expect
Use the inormation in this booklet and online to help you:
Know what to expect on test day.
For details, see
Paper registrantsare qualiﬁed to receive paper practice tests; ask yourcounselor or more inormation.
Know what to expect on your test.
Study the descriptions othe tests, directions, and sample questions in this booklet andon collegeboard.com. For oreign language SAT Subject Testswith Listening, ask your counselor or a copy o the practiceaudio CD.
Review the equipment you need or each test.
The SAT andsome SAT Subject Tests recommend or require that you use acalculator. SAT Subject Tests with Listening also require youto bring a CD player. For more inormation on what material isapproved or use on test day, please go to
orask or an
SAT Paper Registration Guide
rom your counselor.
Become amiliar with the test directions.
Some sections, suchas the SAT mathematics section, and some tests, such as theSubject Test in Chemistry, may have specialized directions. Youshould become amiliar with the question ormats beore youtake the test, so you’re not surprised or conused on test day.
The SAT measures the skills you have learned in and outside othe classroom and how well you can apply that knowledge. Ittests how you think, solve problems, and communicate. The testis composed o three sections:
which has sentence completion and passage-based reading questions.
which is based on the math that college-boundstudents typically learn during their ﬁrst three years o highschool.
which has multiple-choice questions and a writtenessay.You have 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the entire test.All multiple-choice questions are scored the same way: one pointor each correct answer, and one-quarter point subtracted or awrong answer. No points are subtracted or answers let blank.The total score or each section is on a 200–800 scale.
The Critical Reading Section
The critical reading section gives you a chance to show how wellyou understand what you read. This section has two types oquestions:
Sentence completions (19 questions)
Passage-based reading (48 questions)
Note: Calculators may not be on your desk or used on thecritical reading section o the SAT.
Approaches to the Critical Reading Section
Work on sentence completion questions ﬁrst. They take lesstime to answer than the passage-based reading questions.
The dif culty o sentence completion questions increases asyou move through the section.
Reading questions do not increase in dif culty rom easy tohard. Instead, they ollow the logic o the passage.
The inormation you need to answer each reading questionis always in the passage(s). Reading careully is the key toﬁnding the correct answer. Don’t be misled by an answer thatlooks correct but is not supported by the actual text o thepassage(s).
Reading questions oten include line numbers to help directyou to the relevant part(s) o the passage. I one word or moreis quoted exactly rom the passage, the line number(s) wherethat quotation can be ound will appear in the test question.You may have to read some o the passage beore or ater thequoted word(s), however, in order to ﬁnd support or the bestanswer to the question.
Do not jump rom passage to passage. Stay with a passageuntil you have answered as many questions as you can beoreyou proceed to the next passage.
In your test booklet, mark each question you don’t answer sothat you can easily go back to it later i you have time.
Remember that all questions are worth the same number opoints regardless o the type or dif culty.
Sentence completion questions measure your
knowledge o the meanings o words;
ability to understand how the dierent parts o a sentence ﬁttogether logically.