“The SAT is and always has been a reasoning test. This means that the College Board is looking to test your ability to puzzle through, reason with, and analyze a problem. They are not testing your knowledge of facts. The big change in 2016 is that the SAT is redefining what they mean by reasoning.”- Up Your SAT Score, Mandell et al 2016-2017 ed.
There are 5 areas in which the SAT tests:
- Critical Reading (English) 52 questions in 65 minutes
- Writing and Language – 44 questions in 35 minutes
- Math without a calculator– 20 questions in 25 minutes
- Math with a calculator– 38 questions in 55 minutes
- Essay (which is now optional) – 50 minutes