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An Overview of the SAT

The Redesigned SAT consists of a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, a Math test, and an optional Essay Test. Below you will find an outline of the number of questions and time allotted for each section of the SAT.

Test Components

Reading Test

Test Name

Number of Questions

Time (mins)

Writing & Language Test

Math Test

Essay Test (optional)

  • Four reading passages

  • One pair of reading passages

  • One to two visual components











  • Four reading passages containing grammatical and stylistic errors

  • One to two visual components

  • No-calculator portion

    • Multiple-choice section​

    • Free-response section

  • Calculator portion

    • Multiple-choice section​

    • Free-response section

  • One reading passage with a corresponding writing prompt

How do I register for the SAT?

The SAT is offered year-round in the United States and internationally. The vast majority of students take the SAT during their junior and senior years of high school. Most students take the SAT more than once, and students often receive a better score the second time they take it. 

Most students register for the SAT online. To do so, just go to College Board's "Register" page on its website, select a convenient test date and location, print your "Admission Ticket," and take it with you on the day of the test. 

However, you must register for the SAT by mail if you:

  • choose to pay for the test using a check or money order.

  • are less than 13 years old.

  • are unable to submit a digital photo during the online registration process. 

  • need to register for Sunday testing because of a religious observance.

  • take the test in Nigeria, Ghana, or Cameroon.

  • are requesting that a testing center be opened nearer to your home. 

The Student Registration Guide for the SAT includes an SAT registration form and a return envelope. See your school's counselor for a registration guide and any additional information necessary for SAT mail registration. 

If you are unable to pay the fee for the SAT, there are many resources available that may allow you to take the test at no cost, as well as provide assistance throughout the college application process. More information is available on the College Board's website.

Upcoming Test Dates

Test Date




Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline




11/14/2017 (mail)

11/21/2017 (online)

2/20/2018 (mail)

2/28/2018 (online)

4/17/2018 (mail)

4/25/2018 (online)

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