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SAT Syllabus

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The Scholastic Assessment Test abbreviated as SAT, was before known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAT is a standardized test managed by the College Board and is required to be taken by students looking for admission to undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to get an idea about the verbal, written and mathematical ability of the applicant. The candidate who want to pursue undergraduate courses, especially in Canada and the US, are required to take the SAT Exam. SAT is owned and conducted by the College Board who also specify the SAT syllabus.

SAT Syllabus

SAT syllabus

Students generally start the preparation for the SAT exam when studying in 11th std and sit for the exam in 12th std. SAT syllabus contains the course which is already studied in their school by the applicant over the years. So if you were good at studies in school, you shouldn’t face any problem while preparing for the SAT Syllabus.

Types of SAT syllabus

There are 2 types of SAT Exams as mentioned below: SAT General Test and SAT Subject Test.

SAT General Test

SAT General Test is more common between the two SAT tests and in most of cases, it is used by the undergraduate colleges for enrolment of students. The Scholastic Assessment Test evaluates the written, verbal and mathematical ability of the student.

SAT Subject Test

SAT Subject Tests are more subject centric, and they allow students to take the exam for a specific subject they are confident in. 20 different kinds of tests are there in SAT Subject Tests which are bifurcated into 5 subject areas. These subjects are further categorized into smaller topics. The various SAT Subjects include:

  1. Mathematics
  2. English
  3. Science
  4. History and
  5. Languages

Sections in SAT Syllabus

SAT Syllabus contains courses that students have already covered in their school days over the years. There are 2 sections in the SAT exam, namely : 

1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing(EBRW)  

It comprises of 2 tests,  one concentrates on Reading skill and other one concentrates on Writing skills. 

2. Math. 

The Math section contains a single test with two components - one is the No-calculator portion and the other one is a calculator-allowed portion. 

3. The SAT exam also contains an optional Essay. Some schools may demand the Essay, so make sure to ask before you take the SAT.

Details about the sections are given below:

SAT Syllabus for the Reading section

  • SAT syllabus contains three critical reading sections
  • Reading comprehension - 25 mins
  • Sentence completions - 25 mins
  • Paragraph-length critical reading - 20 mins

SAT Syllabus for the Writing section

  • SAT syllabus writing has three sections
  • Essay section - 25 mins
  • Multiple choice sections - 25 mins and 10 mins

SAT Syllabus for the  Math section

  • SAT syllabus contains three Math sections
  • Algebra and functions - 25 mins
  • Geometry Statistics - 20 mins
  • Probability and Data analysis - 20 mins

You can get more clarity about SAT syllabus from the following table:

SAT Subject

SAT Syllabus



 This section includes questions on Sentence Completion, Tests understanding of passages from the US and World Literature, History/Social Studies and Sciences etc

 1. Reading comprehension

 2. Sentence completions

 3. Paragraph length Critical  Reading

Writing and Language

 This section includes questions on, expression of ideas and standard English conventions through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, and Sciences.

 1. Essay section

 2. Multiple choice sections


 This section includes questions on problem-solving, data analysis, algebra, and advanced math.

 1. Algebra and functions

 2. Geometry Statistics

 3. Probability and Data  analysis

Essay (optional)

One optional essay

 This section requires students to evaluate an argument through the analysis of evidence.