1,001 SAT Practice Questions For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The SAT is a test designed to challenge your ability to remember everything you’ve learned how to do since your freshman year of high school. The test has undergone some recent changes, so understanding and preparing for the types of questions on SAT are key factors to your success.
The Types of Questions on the SAT
Beginning in March 2016, the SAT has a new format. Question types are different; scoring is different. Check out the following table for a side-by-side comparison of th...
The Types of Questions on the SAT
Beginning in March 2016, the SAT has a new format. Question types are different; scoring is different. Check out the following table for a side-by-side comparison of the old and new exams.
|Old SAT versus New SAT|
|Old SAT||New SAT|
|Critical Reading: 67 questions, 70 minutes||Reading: 52 questions, 65 minutes|
|Essay: Mandatory, 25 minutes, respond to a prompt with your own point of view and evidence||Essay: Optional, 50 minutes, analyze writing techniques in a passage|
|Multiple-Choice Writing: 49 questions, 60 minutes||Multiple-Choice Writing and Language: 44 questions, 35 minutes|
|Mathematics: 54 questions, 70 minutes, divided into 3 sections Calculators allowed for all 3 sections.||Mathematics: 58 questions, 80 minutes, divided into 2 sections Calculators allowed for 1 section and not for the other.|
|Multiple-Choice and Grid-In Scoring: 1 point for each correct answer, 1/4-point deduction for each wrong multiple-choice answer. (No penalty for incorrect grid-in answers.)||Multiple-Choice and Grid-In Scoring: 1 point for each correct answer (and one question worth 4 points), no deduction for wrong answers|
|Multiple-Choice Format: 5 possible answers||Multiple-Choice Format: 4 possible answers|
|Score Types: 200–800 points each for Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (total: 600–2400 points)||Score Types: 200–800 points for a combination of the Reading and Writing and Language sections. Another 200–800 points for Mathematics, for a total of 400–1600 for the entire exam, separate essay score, cross-test subscores for analysis in history and science, section subscores for various skills|
How to Quickly Prepare for the SAT
Let’s say you’re the type of person who doesn’t make long-term plans, and the SAT is next month or (gulp!) next week. This situation isn’t ideal, but it’s not hopeless either. Use the following plan to survive the SAT:
- Purchase the latest edition of SAT For Dummies and read the chapters that cover the different sections of the SAT. Familiarize yourself with the types of questions that are on the exam.
- Take one practice SAT exam. Yes, it’s terrible. Nearly four good hours gone forever. But you should do the exam anyway, just so you know what the SAT experience is like from start to finish.
- Read the explanations for all the questions on the practice test you took. The explanations give you not only the correct answer but also some general information that will take your skills up a notch with minimal effort and time.
- Clear the deck of all unnecessary activity in your life so you can study as much as possible. Don’t skip your sister’s wedding (or your physics homework), but if you can put something off, do so. Use the extra time to practice skills emphasized on the SAT.