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1. Evidence Based Reading Test - The primary purpose of the section is to assess the candidate’s ability to understand and assimilate written text.It essentially measures a candidate’s strength in English vocabulary. All Reading test questions are multiple choice and strictly based on passages. Informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts, accompany some passages for pictorial representation but no math is required in this section. The Reading section always includes:
One passage from a classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
One passage or a pair of passages from either a U.S. founding document or a text in the Great Global Conversation they inspired. 
A selection of economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science.
Two science passages (or one passage and one passage pair) that examine foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics.

2. Evidence Based Writing and Language Test - The Writing section tests your knowledge of grammar and punctuation and the effective use of language.This section involves questions to test candidates grasp over grammar and usage. Candidates need to focus on improving sentences, structure and approach; have a sound knowledge of the subject and verb agreement, noun agreement and parallelism etc. The grammar section involves usage of pronouns, incorrect comparisons, conjunctions, misplaced modifiers and punctuation as well. The passages range from arguments to non-fiction narratives and mostly is about careers. It also asks questions about style, tone, word choice, transitions between paragraphs, passage structure, and passage coherence.The main focal point revolves around the usage and understanding of grammar.

3. Math - For most of the Math section, you need to know 6th to 10th Grade math covering arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, probability and basic trigonometry. Some advanced math and additional math concepts will involve Quadratic and Exponential functions, Geometric and Trigonometric concepts, and Complex Numbers. The candidate can also expect to be asked questions on probability, combination and permutation and patterns and sequences. The Math section is broadly divided into two segments: Math Test– With Calculator and Math Test– Without Calculator.

4. Essay (optional) - The essay is given at the end of the SAT test. It evaluates reading, analysis, and writing skills of the test takers as the need to produce a written analysis of a provided source text. It is meant to assess your understanding of the given data/case and the quality of your writing. 650-700 is the expected length of the essay, and the candidate should take a stance on the issue at hand. You are not asked to present your own views on the subject. The task is to explain the methods the author uses to build the argument and what effect these have on the audience. You need to support your assertions with evidence from the text.

5. Subject Tests - Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge.The SAT Subject Tests are the only national admissions tests that give you the opportunity to show hold of content in the specific subjects, such as English, history, mathematics, science, foreign languages and various other subjects.Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission and course placement. These tests give you and colleges a very reliable measure of how prepared you are for college-level work in particular subjects.

 

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