The New SAT is 3 hours and 50 minutes long, excluding breaks. Test takers are allowed two breaks — one 10-minute and one five-minute break — during the test. The exam consists of two sections and one optional essay. The two sections are (1) Evidence Based Reading and Writing and (2) Math.
The Evidence Based Reading and Writing section comprises two tests – a Reading Test and a Writing and Language Test. The Math Test comprises two sections – a “calculator not allowed” section and another “calculator allowed” section.
The sequence of the tests/ sections may vary; tests/sections have to be answered in the order they appear and in the time allotted. You cannot go back to a test/section after the time allotted for that particular test/section is over, and you cannot move ahead to the next test/section before time is called, even if you have completed all questions in the previous test/section.
The 65-minute Reading Test has 52 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs); the 35-minute Writing and Language Test 44 MCQs. The 25 minute Math Section on which use of calculator is not allowed contains 15 MCQs and 5 Grid-In questions that do not have any answer options. The 55 minute Math Section on which use of calculator is allowed contains 30 MCQs and 8 Grid-In questions.
The final section is the optional essay. The duration of the essay section is 50 minutes.
Every correct answer is worth one raw point. Skipped questions are not scored, and neither are wrong answers. There is no longer any penalty for wrong answers.
The number of correct answers in each test is the raw score for the test. You will get a raw score for the Reading test, for the Writing and Language test, and for the Math test. The raw scores are converted into the scores you see. Select questions contribute to the Subscores and the Cross-Test scores.