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Sections that you must attend while taking SAT Test

Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

There are 3 sections Critical Reading, Math and Writing sections (200-800 points/section)

The SAT measures general scholastic aptitude in three areas: critical reading, quantitative reasoning, and writing.

The Critical Reading Section (formerly known as the verbal section) has two question types: sentence completions and reading comprehension questions. Within the reading comprehension section, there are both long reading passages and short (one paragraph) reading passage questions. All questions are multiple choice with five answer choices.

The Quantitative Section has two types of questions: multiple choice and "grid-ins," which have an answer grid that allows you to enter any four-digit number. These questions cover four main topic areas: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and mathematical logic.

The Writing Section of the SAT exam consists of two parts: a student-written essay section, in which you'll be asked to write a short essay (25 minutes), and multiple choice questions (35 minutes) that will measure your ability to identify grammatical errors and improve sentences or paragraphs.


The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is going to be offered on November 2, 2002, and January 25, 2003 at designated test centers, and on April 22, 2003 at participating schools in the U.S., U.S. territories, and Puerto Rico. If you wish to take the ELPT in April, tell your counselor or English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher by February 14, 2003.

Intended Testing Group
Students whose best language is not English; who attend U.S. high schools, or who have studied in an international school where courses are taught in English; have completed two to four years of English language instruction in an English as a Second Language program or in English enrichment courses; and/or students who speak a language other than English at home or work.

To assess both your understanding of spoken and written standard American English and how well you will function in a classroom where English is spoken


  1. 84 multiple-choice questions that concentrate on practical and academic use of English
  2. Test time is one hour (about 30 minutes listening and 30 minutes reading)
  3. Two listening sections: one testing your ability to identify an appropriate continuation of a short conversation, and another requiring you to answer questions based on short dialogues, announcements, and narratives
  4. One reading comprehension section that tests your ability to read prose passages from published materials as well as everyday materials such as advertisements, timetables, signs, and forms

Section of Test Approximate Percentage of Test
Listening   17
Reading    50
Listening   33

Scores Required
Total scores on the 901-to-999 scale; listening and reading sub scores on a 1-to-50 scale as well as reading and listening proficiency ratings.

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