The SAT exam lasts for 3 hours and 50 minutes if you choose to write the essay. The score ranges from 400-1600. Take a look at the latest SAT syllabus 2018-19 and make sure that you are headed in the right direction with your SAT prep.
The reading section has questions related to reading passages, and each passage consists of 10 – 11 questions. There are 5 of them in total, and the length of the passages varies. This test is conducted to test the vocabulary knowledge of the students. According to the SAT syllabus, there will be 52 marks asked in the question paper.
Reading and understanding passages: As the section concentrates on your comprehension skills, it is important that you learn to read the short and long passages strategically focusing on the facts.
Improving on SAT vocabulary: A good vocabulary becomes an asset when taking the SAT. However, there can be no limit to the words that you can learn. That said, there are certain words that appear on the test. Most vocabulary lists include the SAT words in their list. It is important that you learn the SAT words but do not limit yourself to just them. Learn new words by reading newspapers, journals, etc, and improve your vocabulary.
SAT does not expect you to have prior knowledge of the passage topics as the questions that are asked are always based on the passage. However, familiarity with these topics is recommended because one, it helps you develop a reading habit, and two, it is a definitive confidence-building measure.
2. Writing and Language
The writing section has 4 passages, with each passage associated with 10-11 questions. A candidate is expected to spot errors, rephrase marked/highlighted sentences with better alternatives, etc. The main focal point revolves around the usage and understanding of grammar.
Essay Writing: The essay required to be written cannot be defined by the SAT curriculum. It is also not graded by a computer or a machine but by two examiners who each give a score between 0-6. However, there is limited time, of only 25 minutes, to put across your point of view. Thus, it is advisable that you do not pen down whatever comes to your mind. Instead, you should try to put across your arguments in a clear and concise manner.
Grammar Practice: The writing section also tests your knowledge and understanding of words and their usage. The main questions that you may encounter in the writing section are – Finding errors in sentences, Improving or correcting sentences, and Improving or correcting paragraphs