SAT Test Syllabus 2017

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SAT is a globally recognised standardised test that is taken for admission at US colleges. SAT provides a yardstick for colleges to compare students for admission to their various programs. Basically, SAT is of two types. They are- SAT Reasoning Test or SAT and SAT subjects test. Both the SAT test patterns follow different formats to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and hence have different SAT syllabus 2017. The SAT 2017 Test syllabus has been set keeping in mind the requirements of the two formats. Since SAT is attempted by students who are in their high school or equivalent, the SAT syllabus 2017 is also based at that level. Hence, SAT test is based on subjects taught in high school programs. According to the SAT syllabus, the total duration of the test is 3 hours. However, candidates will be given another 50 minutes for the Essay, which is optional.


SAT Reasoning Test: The SAT 2017 reasoning Test consists of three sub-sections which are as follows:


Writing: This section involves an essay and multiple choice questions to test a candidate’s hold over grammar and usage. The candidate needs to focus on improving sentences: structure and approach, have a sound knowledge of subject and verb agreement, noun agreement and parallelism. The grammar section also involves usage of pronouns, incorrect comparisons, conjunctions, misplaced modifiers and punctuation. This section is allotted 35 minutes and will have 44 questions.


Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: The questions asked in this section are based on either short passage reading or long passage reading. It essentially tests a candidate’s vocabulary. According to the SAT syllabus 2017, the time allotted to this section is 65 minutes for attempting 52 questions.


Mathematics: This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. Besides, the syllabus includes mean, median and mode, ratios, direct and indirect variation. The candidate can also expect to be asked questions on probability, combination and permutation and patterns and sequences. As per the SAT test pattern 2017, test takers will be given 80 minutes to solve 57 questions.


New SAT Syllabus 2017:

Comparison of the Major Features: Old SAT vs. Redesigned SAT


 Old SAT

Redesigned SAT

Total Testing Time*

*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research

3 hours and 45 minutes

3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])


Critical Reading




Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Reading Test

Writing and Language Test


Essay (optional)

Important Features

Emphasis on general reasoning skills

Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts

Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success

Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone and impact

Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)


Required and given at the beginning of the SAT

25 minutes to write the essay

Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue

Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission

50 minutes to write the essay

Tests reading, analysis and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text

Score Reporting*


*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research

Scale ranging from 600 to 2400

Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing

Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing

Scale ranging from 400 to 1600

Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay

Essay results reported separately

Subscore Reporting


Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators and counselors

SAT Subjects Test: This test is based on specific subjects. The candidate may choose his subject of interest from the list given below:









U.S. History


German with Listening


World History



Chinese with Listening

Math Level 1


Spanish with Listening

Japanese with Listening

Math Level 2

French with Listening

Modern Hebrew

Korean with Listening

According to the SAT syllabus 2017, the duration of the exam is 1 hour. Candidates can take the subject test for more than one subject or as required by the institute he/she wants admission into.


SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a private, non-profit organisation in the United States. The test assesses how well the test takers analyse and solve problems.


SAT 2017 can be taken seven times in a year in the US and six times internationally. Candidates can sit for the test in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. The SAT registration can be completed both online and by mail. March test is available only in the US. However, the candidate may decide the SAT Test Date as per his/her convenience. You can select your preferred SAT test centre depending on convenience. After the test, candidates are provided with the official score card for the SAT Test about five weeks after the test is over, which can be received either online or by mail. There are no specific SAT eligibility criteria for taking SAT Test. Since it is taken for admission in colleges, students are advised to take the test when they are in junior or senior high school.


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