SAT Pattern/Format 2022: Check Subject Wise SAT Paper Pattern & Duration here


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Piyush Kohli

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Updated on Mar 28, 2022 20:03 IST

The College Board has laid down distinguished exam/ paper patterns for SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests. Students wanting to pursue undergraduate studies in colleges/universities abroad are required to appear for the SAT exam to qualify for the same. Aspirants wanting to appear for their SAT Reasoning Test or their SAT Subject Test need to carefully keep in mind the latest SAT paper pattern to be able to score well in the examinations.

The conducting body of the SAT exam, the College Board has set distinct SAT 2022 exam patterns for both the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test. Both the tests evaluate the candidate's knowledge and varied skill set. The SAT exam does not have any negative marking and while the SAT Reasoning Test is scored on a total of 1600 points the SAT Subject Test is scored on a total of 800 points.

SAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the SAT exam includes two sets of exams. The first is the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Test. The SAT Reasoning Test is the exam that is opted for students looking to pursue higher education in countries abroad. This is one of the most sought-after competitive exams, the scores of which are vastly recognized in the universities/ colleges abroad. The second SAT test is the SAT Subject Test, which is opted by students who are looking to study a particular subject in great detail. Candidates wanting to appear for SAT can opt for either of the SAT exams. The SAT exam pattern/ syllabus is different for both exams.

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SAT Reasoning Test Exam Pattern

The SAT Reasoning Test is mostly objective in nature and for a total of 3hrs and 50mins including the optional essay section. The essay in SAT is optional in nature and if candidates decide against sitting for it, the entire SAT Test duration is of 3 hrs. Candidates would have to attempt a total of 155 questions including the essay.  The following is the latest SAT Exam/Test Pattern for students looking to appear for their next SAT Reasoning Test for higher education to universities/ colleges abroad.

Subjects for SAT Reasoning Test

Number of Questions

Total Duration (mins)




Writing & Language






Essay (optional)






SAT Subject Test Exam Pattern

The SAT Subject Test evaluates the knowledge of candidates in specific subjects. The exam pattern for SAT Subject Test is for a total of 60 mins and candidates can opt from the 20 subjects available for candidates to choose from. Candidates are graded on a scale of 800 points. The subjects available are as follows.






Modern Hebrew

Korean with Listening

French with Listening

Chinese with Listening

Spanish with Listening

Japanese with Listening

German with Listening

World History



US History



Math I

Math II

Candidates looking to excel in their SAT exam need to be updated with the latest SAT syllabus to be able to score well. Candidates are always advised to start SAT preparations months in advance to be able to put in their best during their examination. Students wanting to prepare for the SAT can either opt for the Self-Study method or take the assistance of coaching institutes or both. Both methods have their unique benefits and are equally good with quantifiable benefits. There are a lot of times that many students could find appearing for their SAT exam challenging. Hence, it is always important for candidates to have appeared for as many SAT Mock Tests / SAT Practice Papers as possible to be able to self-evaluate their preparations and appear for their SAT Exam.

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SAT Exam Pattern FAQs

Still need clarity on SAT? Read SAT and SAT Exam Pattern frequently asked questions and learn more about the test.

What is the pattern of SAT exam?

The SAT exam includes 4 sections. Read the SAT exam pattern in detail in the above article.

What kind of questions are asked in the SAT?

The SAT test includes 154 multiple-choice (MCQs) questions and 1 options essay. Different types of SAT questions are
Sections Type of questions
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis (17 questions)
  • Passport to Advanced Math (16 questions)
  • Additional Topics in Math (6 questions)
  • Heart of Algebra (19 questions)
  • Command of Evidence (10 questions)
  • Words in Context (10 questions)
  • Analysis (32 questions)
  • Expression of Ideas (24 questions)
  • Standard English Conventions (20 questions)

Is SAT exam hard?

SAT includes a various set of questions from very easy to very difficult. Easy questions are usually answered correctly by 90% of the students while hard questions are answered correctly by less than 30 % of students. To know whether SAT is difficult or not one must learn the SAT exam pattern. So, if you like reading and more into words then the Reading section will be smooth for you. Similarly, you need to understand the complete pattern and see whether it is difficult for you or not.

What is the SAT score required to get into Harvard?

As such there is no specific SAT score requirement for getting into Harvard, however, test takers should have scored at least 1460 to be considered by Harvard for admission.

Is negative marking there in the SAT?

In the earlier version candidates lose marks for every wrong answer, whereas, in today's SAT test there is no negative marking. So, you should try to answer as many questions as you can.

Can I pass the SAT without studying?

SAT is hard! However, if you are good in Math, Reading and Writing then you may not require coaching to get a good score on SAT. It is better to take a practice test and decide whether you require tutoring or you prepare for it on your own.

Can you pass the SAT in one day?

It is not possible to prepare for the SAT test in one day. If you are a brilliant student and have been outstanding in Math, Reading, Writing and have good vocabulary then also you need time to understand the SA exam pattern.

How to improve SAT score?

Identify your weak areas and if possible also find the reason then you will be able to work on them better. Starting working on your weak areas and also give practice tests timely, so, you won't lose hold on other areas. Also, keep a time-bound approach to get your targeted score. Also, see if you need to change your strategy or study pattern then do it.

What is the highest SAT score?

A perfect SAT score or the highest SAT score is 1600. Very few test takers are able to achieve this score.

Do I need to bring a pencil for SAT test?

You should bring at least two pencils and an eraser for SAT. Test takers are not allowed to bring pens at the test center.

Are calculators allowed in the SAT exam?

Candidates are allowed to bring a basic calculator for the Math calculator section. You can check the  SAT Calculator policy and learn which types of calculators are allowed at the test center.



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Hi Kadam, please refer to the below URL and learn more about the SAT dates:

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Hi Spoorthi, after available SAT date is in August. Please refer to the below URL and check out the SAT exam dates:

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