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Words in Context
Many questions on the SAT focus on widely used words and phrases found in texts in many different subjects, including science and social studies. Some questions ask you to figure out a word’s meaning based on context. The words are ones that you will probably encounter in college or in the workplace long after test day.
Command of Evidence
- We focus on the evidence-based reading and writing section on the SAT. We teach you how to strategically attack the part of the test by being aware of evidence within the text to support claims.
Essay Analyzing a Source
- The SAT Essay asks you to read a passage and explain how an author builds an argument to persuade an audience. This task closely mirrors college writing assignments because it is asking you to analyze how the author used evidence, reasoning, and stylistic and persuasive elements.
- The new Essay is designed to support high school students and teachers as they cultivate close reading, careful analysis, and clear writing. It will promote the practice of reading a wide variety of arguments and analyzing how authors do their work as writers.
- The essay prompt will be the same every time the new SAT is offered, but the source material students are asked to write about will be different each time.
- Not all students will take the SAT with Essay, but some school districts and colleges require it. The SAT is the only assessment in the SAT Suite that includes the Essay. Learn more about the Essay.
Math that Matters Most
- We focus on in-depth analysis of the three essential areas of the SAT math: Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Heart of Algebra, and Passport to Advanced Math.
- Problem Solving and Data Analysis is about being quantitatively literate. It includes using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning to solve problems in science, social science, and career contexts.
- The Heart of Algebra focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems, which helps students develop key powers of abstraction.
- Passport to Advanced Math focuses on more complex equations and the manipulation they require.
Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts
- Throughout the SAT, you’ll be asked questions grounded in the real world, directly related to work performed in college and career.
- The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section includes questions on literature and literary nonfiction, but also features charts, graphs, and passages like the ones students are likely to encounter in science, social science, and other majors and careers.
- Questions on the Writing and Language Test ask you to do more than correct errors; they ask you to edit, revise, and improve texts from the humanities, history, social science, science, and career contexts.
- The Math section features multistep applications to solve problems in science, social science, career scenarios, and other real-life situations. The test sets up a scenario and asks several questions that give you the opportunity to dig in and model it mathematically.
Analysis in Science and in History/Social Studies
- The redesigned SAT asks you to apply your reading, writing, language, and math knowledge and skills to answer questions in science, history, and social studies contexts. In this way, the assessments call on the same sorts of knowledge and skills that you’ll use in college, at work, and throughout your life to make sense of recent discoveries, political developments, global events, and health and environmental issues.
- The SAT includes a range of challenging texts and informational graphics that address these sorts of issues and topics in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section. Questions will require you to read and understand texts, revise texts to be consistent with data presented in graphics, synthesize information presented through texts and graphics, and solve problems that are grounded in science and social science.
U.S. Founding Documents and the Great Global Conversation
- When you take the SAT, you’ll be asked to read a passage from U.S. founding documents or the global conversation they inspired.
- The U.S. founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers, have been inspired by and have helped to inspire a conversation that continues to this day about the nature of civic life.
- W#e focus on strategies to maximize success when reading these complex documents.