SAT Exam Syllabus

The SAT is divided into two segments.

  • English: Reading & Writing
  • Maths

English - Reading & Writing

The Reading and Writing section is designed to measure students’ attainment of critical college and career readiness in literacy. In this section, students answer multiple-choice questions requiring them to read, comprehend, and use information and ideas in texts; analyze the craft and structure of texts; revise texts to improve the rhetorical expression of ideas; and edit texts to conform to core conventions of Standard English.

Questions on the Reading and Writing Section represent one of four content domains:
  • Craft and Structure: Measures the comprehension, vocabulary, analysis, synthesis, and reasoning skills and knowledge needed to understand and use high-utility words and phrases in context, evaluate texts rhetorically, and make connections between topically related texts. (13 – 15 questions)
  • Information and Ideas: Measures comprehension, analysis, and reasoning skills and knowledge and the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and integrate information and ideas from texts and informational graphics (tables, bar graphs, and line graphs). (12 – 14 questions)
  • Standard English Conventions: Measures the ability to edit texts to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. (11 – 15 questions)
  • Expression of Ideas: Measures the ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of written expression and to meet specific rhetorical goals. (8 – 12 questions)
To prepare for the English section you must have strong command of English grammar. In addition, you should develop habit of reading novels, articles and journals in different fields like history, politics, economics, culture, science, literature, etc.

Maths Section:

The Math section is designed to measure students’ attainment of critical college and career readiness knowledge and skills in math. The Math section focuses on key elements of algebra, advanced math, problem solving and data analysis, and geometry and trigonometry. Over the course of the Math section, students answer multiple-choice and student-produced response (SPR) questions that measure their fluency with, understanding of, and ability to apply the math concepts, skills, and practices that are most essential for post high school academics.

Topics Tested on SAT Maths:

Miscellaneous Topics:

  1. Number Properties and Rounding Off.

Concepts learned under miscellaneous topics are applied in solving questions from other topics.

Geometry and Trigonometry (5 – 7 Questions)

  • Line and Angle
  • Polygons - Triangle
  • Other Polygons
  • Circle
  • Solid Geometry
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Algebra (13 – 15 Questions):

  • Linear Equation in one variable
  • Linear Equation in two variables – Properties and Graphical Interpretation
  • System of Linear Equations
  • Linear Inequality – Properties and Graphical Interpretation
  • Absolute Value

Advanced Math (13 – 15 Questions):

  • Laws of Indices, Radicals, Rationals, Conjugate Fractions, Long Division
  • Functions – Properties and Graphical Interpretation
  • Polynomials – Properties and Graphical Interpretation
  • Quadratic Function – Properties and Graphical Interpretation
  • Exponential Function – Properties and Graphical Interpretation
  • Sequence and Pattern Identification

Problem Solving and Data Analysis (5 – 7 Questions):

  • Set – Venn Diagram
  • Problems related to Percent
  • Variation, Ratio, Time and Work, Rate and Distance
  • Problems related to Fraction
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Population Sampling
  • Scatter Plots
  • Data Analysis – Graph, Chart, Table
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