SAT Exam Pattern 2020

Updated By Subhashri Roy on 14 Aug, 2020 19:52

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SAT Exam Pattern 2020

The College Board prescribes the exam pattern for both the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests. The SAT has a total of four tests along with Essay being optional. The three tests include the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test and the Math Test. While the Essay is optional, a number of high schools and college abroad have made it mandatory. It depends on the high school or college of your preference. 

Candidates who appear in the SAT entrance exam can apply for admission in various abroad universities using SAT scorecard. Countries that accept SAT scorecard are USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Singapore. Some of the popular universities are  Yale UniversityUniversity of FloridaAston UniversityBournemouth UniversityMcGill UniversityUniversity of QueenslandJacobs University Bremen, Curtin Singapore. 

If you still have not decided which high school or college to apply to, taking SAT with Essay will be more fitting. It is to be noted that the College Board includes test questions for research purposes from time to time. If so happens, additional time is given to attempt the questions. These questions will not be included to calculate your score. 

COVID 19 Alert

The SAT which was scheduled to be conducted in May and June was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The next test will be held from August at various SAT centres across the country. 

Table of Content 

  SAT 2020 Exam Pattern HighlightsSection-Wise Distribution of Questions in SAT 2020
 SAT Subject Tests Exam Pattern Highlights 2020List of Subjects for SAT Subject Test

SAT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

The SAT 2020 exam pattern highlights will ensure that the candidates have a clear idea of the SAT Reasoning Test 2020 exam pattern:

SAT Exam Duration3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
Total Number of Sections4 (Including Essay)
Total Number of Questions154 (155 with Essay)
Mode of SAT ExamPaper Based
Medium of InstructionEnglish
Negative MarkingNo
Score Range400-1600

Section-Wise Distribution of Questions in SAT 2020

The section-wise distribution of questions or exam pattern of SAT Reasoning Test 2020 has been given in the table below:

Section/ComponentsNumber of Questions/TasksTime Allotted (in minutes)
Writing and Language4435
Essay (Optional)150
Total154 (155 with Essay)180 (230 with Essay)

SAT Subject Tests Exam Pattern Highlights 2020

Find the highlights of SAT Subject Tests in the table mentioned below. SAT Subject Tests are nothing but college admission exams on certain subjects in which you can lay out your potential

  • These are given six times in a school year.

  • One can take one to three subject tests on one test date

  • Candidates can’t take SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same test date.

  • You can bring your special equipment for the Subject Test on the exam day.

SAT Subject Test Exam Duration1 hour
Type of QuestionsMultiple-Choice
Score Range200-800

List of Subjects for SAT Subject Test

Enlisted below are all the subjects one can take up for the SAT Subject Test 2020:

SubjectSection Topics
MathematicsMath Level 1
Math Level 2
ScienceBiology E/M
HistoryU.S. History
World History
Spanish with Listening
French with Listening
Chinese with Listening
German with Listening
Modern Hebrew
Japanese with Listening
Korean with Listening

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