SAT Syllabus 2020

Updated By Neha Kumari on 14 Aug, 2020 15:35

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SAT Syllabus 2020

Students planning to take the upcoming SAT 2020 can begin their preparation after going through the detailed syllabus for SAT Reasoning Test which includes Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, Math Test and an Essay (optional). The syllabi all the sections the exam are prescribed by the College Board which is the authorised administrator of the test. 

To understand the syllabus, students must have a clear idea of the SAT Exam pattern. Under each section or component of SAT 2020, there are certain important topics that one should prepare in order to score high or qualify it. CollegeDekho brings to you all the important topics every SAT aspirant needs to cover to be able to study abroad. Some of the popular study abroad colleges for admissions through SAT are Auburn UniversityBaylor UniversityUniversity of ChicagoFlorida State UniversityAston UniversityUniversity of AberdeenBournemouth UniversityMcGill UniversityAlberta College of Art and DesignCarleton UniversityJacobs University BremenUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Sydney etc.

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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 

Syllabus for the SAT Reading Test Syllabus for the SAT Writing and Language Test
Syllabus for the SAT Math Test Syllabus for the SAT Essay

Syllabus for the SAT Reading Test

This component focuses on the knowledge and skills that a student learns in high school. These will be questions based on passages and informational graphics like graphs. 

Quick Overview

All the basic information regarding syllabus for the SAT Reading Test is given below:

Type of QuestionsMultiple choice
Total Number of Questions52
Time Allotted to the Section65 minutes
Questions Based on One literary passage (fiction) and rest will be informational passages (non-fiction)
What will it Test?Ability to tell a story, make an argument and explain a study or experiment
Complexity Level9th grade level to the first year of college

Detailed Syllabus of SAT Reading Test 

Topics that you will be required to cover to qualify the SAT Reading Test have been listed below:

  • Some passages will be paired with other passages.

  • There will one literary passage and the remaining will be informational passages (non-fiction). Informational graphs will include tables, graphs, and charts. Math is nor required here.

  • No knowledge related to the topic in the given passage is tested.

  • The Reading Test will include passages on classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature, either a U.S. founding document or a text in the Great Global Conversation they inspired, foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics. It will also have a selection about psychology, sociology, economics and any other social science. 

Syllabus for the SAT Writing and Language Test

All the questions on the SAT Writing and Langauge Test will be passage-based. Given below is al about its syllabus.

Quick Overview

All the highlights pertaining to SAT Writing and Langauge Test syllabus have been tabulated below:

Type of QuestionsMultiple choice
Total Number of Questions44; 11 questions per passage
Time Allotted to the Section35 minutes
Passages Based on Career, Science Humanities and History/Social Sciences
Passage Writing ModesOne nonfiction narrative, one to two
informative/explanatory texts, and one to two arguments
Complexity Level9th-10th grade to early postsecondary

Detailed Syllabus of SAT Writing and Language Test

Questions on this test will contribute to various. Learn about it by scrolling through.

  • The passage subjects will consist of one passage on a career-related topic and one

  • passage each in the humanities, history/social studies, and science.

  • Total number of passages will be 4.

  • The length of each passage will be 400 to 450 words, totalling it to 1,700 words.

  • The total time for the section is 35 minutes on average which may be slightly under a minute per

  • question, inclusive of passage reading time.

The questions will contribute to various scores in the following ways:

  • Expression of Ideas: 24 questions, generally six per passage 

  • Standard English Conventions: 20 questions, generally five per passage

  • Command of Evidence: Eight questions, generally two per passage

  • Words in Context: Eight questions, generally two per passage

  • Analysis in History/Social Studies: Six questions (all of the Expression of Ideas questions on the history/social studies passage)

  • Analysis in Science: Six questions (all of the Expression of Ideas questions on the science passage) 

Syllabus for the SAT Math Test

SAT Math Test is divided into Calculator portion and Non-Calculator portion. Check out the syllabus for the same:

Quick Overview

Here is the summary of the SAT Math Test syllabus:

Type of QuestionsMultiple choice and Student-Produced response
Total Number of Questions38+20
Time Allotted to the TestCalculator Portion- 55 minutes
Non-Calculator Portion- 25 minutes
Questions Based on Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, Additional Topics in Math
Passage Writing ModesOne nonfiction narrative, one to two informative/explanatory texts, and one to two arguments
Complexity Level9th-10th grade to early postsecondary

Detailed Syllabus of SAT Math Test

Given below is all about the important topics to cover for SAT Math Test 2020:

Heart of Algebra (19 Questions)

  • Analyzing and fluently solving linear equations and systems of linear equations

  • Creating linear equations and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems

  • Understanding and using the relationship between linear equations and inequalities and their graphs to solve problems

Problem Solving and Data Analysis (17 Questions)

  • Creating and analyzing relationships using ratios, proportional relationships, percentages, and units

  • Representing and analyzing quantitative data

  • Finding and applying probabilities in the context

Passport to Advanced Math (16 Questions)

  • Identifying and creating equivalent algebraic expressions

  • Creating, analyzing, and fluently solving quadratic and other nonlinear equations

  • Creating, using, and graphing exponential, quadratic, and other nonlinear functions

Additional Topics in Math (6 Questions)

  • Solving problems related to area and volume

  • Applying definitions and theorems related to lines, angles, triangles, and circles

  • Working with right triangles, the unit circle, and trigonometric functions

Contribution of Questions to Cross-Test Scores

  • Analysis in Science- 8 questions

  • Analysis in History/Social Studies- 8 questions

Note: Questions in the no-calculator portion are more conceptual in nature and don’t require a calculator to be solved.

Syllabus for the SAT Essay

While SAT Essay is optional, candidates who want to apply to schools that require it must apply for it. Find the syllabus for it below:

Quick Overview

Here is the summary of the SAT Essay syllabus:

Type of QuestionsEssay
Total Number of Questions1
Time Allotted to the Test50 minutes
Questions Based on Evidence used by the Author
What the SAT Essay TestsReading, Analysis and Writing

Detailed Syllabus of SAT Essay Test

Check out the detailed syllabus of SAT Essay 2020:

The passages will be based on :

  • Evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.

  • Reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence.

  • Stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed.

The topic of the essay will have the following in common:

  • Written for a broad audience

  • Argue a point

  • Express subtle views on complex subjects

  • Use logical reasoning and evidence to support claims

  • Examine ideas, debates, or trends in the arts and sciences, or civic, cultural, or political life

  • Always taken from published works

The essay shall be written based on the information given in the passage.

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