Our instructors are experienced guides at helping students prepare for the SAT®, which forms a key part of your college application to most schools in the US.

Students can choose between taking the SAT and the ACT — learn more about the ACT here, and how our diagnostic process helps students choose between the two tests here.



What is the SAT?

The SAT doesn’t feel like most high school tests. Rather than the content of your specific high school courses, the test makers are interested in the general skills you’ve developed across your entire schooling: reading comprehension, command of language, reasoning, and problem solving. It helps colleges put your high school grades in context and predict what kind of student you’ll be when you get to campus.

The SAT, along with the PSAT given in many high schools, was redesigned in 2016 to better assess the skills identified as crucial for college and career success in the Common Core State Standards, so it might look a little different than what you’ve heard.

WHAT IS LogicPrep’s strategY for the sat?

Our team works with you to get comfortable with the particular ways the SAT assesses these skills, helping you build the habits, strategies and confidence to be successful on test day. You’ll work with official practice tests as well as our own materials until you’ve gotten real scores you’re proud of. But no matter what kind of student you are, this can be a demanding process, so we focus on pairing our students individually with instructors that fit their personality as well as their learning style.

What content is covered on the sat?

The SAT is composed of four sections: two Verbal and two Math. The two Math sections consist of a brief test that students must attempt without a calculator, and a longer test where a calculator is allowed. While the tests include some questions about common high school topics like geometry and trigonometry, the test is most concerned with algebra and data analysis. Most of the math questions are multiple choice, but at the end of each section there are a few open-ended “grid-in” questions, where you find the answer and then bubble it into a number grid.

On the Verbal side, there’s a Reading test with five long passages (a couple of which will include data or graphs) and a set of multiple choice questions after each. Then, there’s a Writing and Language test, which has four long passages and asks students to improve the grammar and style of each passage with multiple choice questions throughout.

There is also an optional SAT essay at the end of the test, which asks you to evaluate an excerpt from a published piece of argumentative writing. Some colleges require this essay, so we encourage all of our students to take it.

Who takes THE SAT?

Students generally take the SAT for the first time during the fall or spring of their junior year, depending on when they start preparing, and most students take the test 2-3 times in order to present colleges with scores that best reflect their abilities and work.

What is the format of the sat?

Test Section Questions Time Allotted
Reading 52 65 minutes
Writing & Language 44 35 minutes
Math (Non-Calculator) 20 (including 5 “grid-ins”) 25 minutes
Math (Calculator) 38 (including 8 “grid-ins”) 55 minutes
Essay (optional) 1 essay prompt 50 minutes
Total: 3 hours and 50 minutes
(including the essay)

How is the sat scored?

The two verbal sections — both Reading and Writing & Language — are equally weighted in a scaled score out of 800. The two math sections are combined in a scaled score out of 800. Combining the Math and Verbal scores, many students refer to their “combined” score out of 1600. There is no guessing penalty.

The essay is scored by two different people. Each scorer awards 1–4 points for each dimension: reading, analysis, and writing. The two scores for each dimension are then added together. You’ll receive three scores for the SAT essay— one for reading, one for analysis, and one for writing; there is no composite essay score, meaning the scores are not added together. Each score will range from 2-8 points.

When is the sat offered?

The SAT is offered seven times throughout the year at test centers (usually high schools) in various countries. Click here to find testing centers local to you.