About the SAT

The SAT is a 3-hour and 45-minute long college admission test that measures skills in three areas:  Math, Writing, and Critical Reading.  It is created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the College Board.  The SAT is designed as a fair measure of a student’s readiness for college.  It tests concepts learned and skills developed in school and gives an accurate assessment of a student’s skills in logic literacy, analysis, and writing.

The essay section will always be first, but after the essay you will have either a math section, a critical reading section, or a writing section.

 

MATH

The Math portion of the SAT is made up of 44 multiple-choice questions and 10 free-response “grid-in” questions.  The questions are divided into two 25-minute math sections and one 20-minute math section.  The math sections can appear anywhere in the test.

To help you achieve your best score on the Math section, the Private Tutor SAT Math Prep Course covers:

·  Numbers and Operations

·  Algebra and Functions

·  Geometry and Measurement

·  Data Analysis

·  Statistics

·  Probability

In essence, that’s just arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and a little bit of algebra II.

 

WRITING

The SAT Writing section is made up of an essay and 49 multiple-choice questions that test your ability to identify grammar errors and improve grammar usage.

The first section of the SAT is always the essay. You have 25 minutes to write an essay on a given assignment.

The first grammar section can fall anywhere between sections 2 and 9 of the SAT (usually it shows up in sections 3 through 8.) You have 25-minutes to complete this multiple-choice section made up of 35 questions: 11 Sentence Correction questions, 18 Error ID questions, and 6 Improving Paragraphs questions.

The last section of the SAT is always a 10-minute grammar section made up of 14 Sentence Correction questions.

To help you achieve your best score on the Writing section, the Private Tutor SAT Reading Prep Course includes:

·  A Parts of Speech refresher

·  The 18 grammar rules ETS tests accompanied by over 80 practice problems

·  An overview of technique for each of the different types of multiple-choice questions

·  An essay section that includes a fool-proof formula and sample essays

The SAT Writing section is the easiest to improve. It’s black and white. Learn the 18 grammar rules and you can get a perfect score on the grammar portion of the SAT. ETS tests the same rules over and over again pretty much the EXACT SAME WAY every time. You only need to know the grammar rules we give you. If you see what you think may be an error on the SAT that wasn’t covered in our course, then chances are, it’s not an error at all.

 

CRITICAL READING

The SAT Critical Reading section is made up of multiple-choice questions that test your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. The 67 multiple-choice questions are divided into 19 Sentence Completion questions and 48 reading comprehension questions.

The first Critical Reading section can fall anywhere between sections 2 and 7 of the SAT (it usually shows up in sections 2 through 4.)

You will be tested on two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section.

To help you achieve your best score on the Critical Reading section, the Private Tutor SAT Reading Prep Course includes:

·  A vocabulary lesson featuring a list of the 1300 most popular SAT vocabulary words along with their definitions

·  An extensive reading comprehension section that covers three different methods of technique to tailor to your specific reading needs

·  Ten reading passages with which to practice and perfect the skills you will develop

 

THE EXPERIMENTAL SECTION

There is always ONE EXTRA 20 or 25-minute Math, Writing, or Critical Reading section.  It does not count towards your score.

This extra section is the experimental section that ETS is using to test out future SAT questions. Although the experimental section does not affect your score in any way, there is no way to know if you’re on an experimental section.  So you must treat every section as if it counts, and don’t let any section rattle you.