What is the format of the SAT? What is the format of the ACT?


SAT Format

The SAT is 3 hours long with an optional 50-minute essay section. The test format is as follows:



  • Reading Test: 65 minutes to answer 52 multiple-choice questions based on four passages and one passage pair

  • Writing & Language Test: 35 minutes to answer 44 multiple-choice questions based on four passages

  • Math Test: 25 minutes to answer 20 questions without a calculator, 55 minutes to answer 38 questions with a calculator

  • Essay (Optional): 50 minutes to read a passage and write 1 essay on how the passage author supports his or her argument