SAT Study Guide for Students

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Read through the SAT Study Guide so you’ll know what to expect on test day. You'll find practice tips, test-taking strategies, sample questions, and more.

Practice tests are also available online so you can simulate test day and figure out how to focus your SAT study.

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Get tips and strategies to help you do your best on test day.

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Introducing the SAT

Find out how the SAT came to be, and what related services you can use along your path to college.

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Doing Your Best on the SAT

Work hard in school, familiarize yourself with the test’s format, and get some test-day tips to help you prepare.

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Learn all about the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, and the SAT Essay.

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Command of Evidence

Understand the ways in which authors use evidence to support their arguments, and learn how to interpret different kinds of evidence.

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Words in Context

Think about how a word’s meaning changes and how authors’ word choices affect their work.

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About the SAT Reading Test

The Reading Test measures your skills in comprehending texts across a wide range of genres, purposes, and subjects.

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Reading: Information and Ideas

Think carefully about what a passage states and read between the lines to interpret the author’s message.

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Reading: Rhetoric

Analyze word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose, and argument to show how authors convey their messages.

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Reading: Synthesis

Make connections between related passages and draw conclusions about data found in tables and other informational graphics.

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Sample Reading Test Questions

Read through five sample passages and their related questions. Find out which answers are best and why.

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About the SAT Writing and Language Test

The Writing and Language Test measures your ability to revise and edit texts about different subjects and at different levels of complexity.

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Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas

Improve the development, organization, and language of a passage.

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Writing and Language: Standard English Conventions

Edit multiparagraph passages to correct problems with sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.

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Sample Writing and Language Test Questions

Read through five sample passages and their related questions. Find out which answers are best and why.

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About the SAT Essay

The redesigned SAT Essay is aligned to typical college writing assignments. Get tips, read the prompt and sample essays, and get ready to write.

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Explore the Math Test.

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About the SAT Math Test

Get an overview of the Math Test’s structure, its various areas of focus, and the kinds of questions you’ll encounter.

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Heart of Algebra

These questions focus on your mastery of linear equations, systems of linear equations, and linear functions.

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Problem Solving and Data Analysis

These questions test your ability to use statistics, modeling, and other skills to solve problems set in the real world.

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Passport to Advanced Math

These questions cover topics important for students to master before moving on to advanced math.

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Additional Topics in Math

These questions focus on geometry, trigonometry, and the arithmetic of complex numbers.

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Sample Math Questions: Multiple-Choice

Get test-taking strategies for the multiple-choice questions on the Math Test, and start practicing.

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Sample Math Questions: Student-Produced Response

Learn how to grid in your answers, and get tips to help you succeed.

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