What is SAT?

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized test that, as many of you know, is used for college admission in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926.

The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, non-profit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service organization. The test is intended to assess students’ college readiness.


The SAT consists of two main sections: Reading and Writing Analysis, and Mathematics. Each section receives a score on a scale of 200-800.

The Reading and Writing section includes academic texts from various natural and social science disciplines. Although sometimes texts from novels are included, which tend to be more complicated to understand. The texts, as well as the vocabulary, will emulate the most common materials in university courses.

The Math section focuses on 3 main areas: algebra (30 percent of the problems), data analysis (30 percent), advanced concepts and others (polynomials, trigonometry, statistics, etc). Calculators are not allowed in all math sections. This section of the math test reflects a little more of the mathematical knowledge acquired in school and rewards reasoning rather than memorization of formulas.


The SAT lasts 3 hours and 15 minutes including breaks. In addition, the student has the option to take the optional essay. In this case, the student will receive an extra 50 minutes to do so.

Time per section and number of questions:

Reading: It lasts 65 minutes and consists of 52 questions.

Writing and Language: It lasts 35 minutes and consists of 44 questions.

Math: Duration of 80 minutes and 58 questions.

Optional Essay: Duration 50 minutes.


The SAT score, along with high school grades, letters of recommendation, and interviews, is a very important piece of information when it comes to being admitted to a university in the United States.

Guidelines you have to follow on the day of the exam:

First of all – Read the ticket! – In it you will find everything, absolutely everything, you need to know, i.e. time, place, what to bring, etc. So we recommend that you read it before you go.

Examination time The doors close at 8:00 am, so the ticket tells us to be there at 7:45 am. Keep in mind that now with the Covid issue there may be temperature measures and others that may delay a little, so we recommend arriving a little earlier.

Place of examination Most of our clients have Castellón or Evangelical in Madrid as their center. You have the exact address on the ticket. Watch it ahead of time so you don’t miss it.

Identification You must bring your ID card or passport.

Examination material The examination is done in pencil. If possible, the typical yellow. That is, an N2 pencil. Do not bring a mechanical pencil or pen. You also know that you can bring a calculator for the math with calculator section. You can bring water and snacks for the break.

Covid Protection For the Covid issue, they ask please that if you are positive, obviously do not go, and that you wear a mask at all times.

You may not bring tablets, cameras or electronic devices, papers, books or notes, phosphorescent, pens or colored pencils….


Arrival 7:40 am

Examination 8:00 am

  • SAT with Essay ends between 12.55pm and 13.25pm
  • SAT without Essay ends between 12:05pm and 12.35pm (this is the one most of you do).

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