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Time Allotted (minutes)

Number of Questions

Reading

65

52

Writing and Language

35

44

Math

80

57

TOTAL

180

153

Essay (optional)

50

1

SECTIONS:

2 sections

  • Math
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

SCORING:

Total score (400–1600)

  • 2 section scores (200–800)
  • 3 test scores (10–40)
  • 7 sub-scores (1–15)
  • 2 cross-test scores

LENGTH OF TEST (WITHOUT BREAKS):

3 hours (without essay)

3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

ANSWER CHOICES:

 4 answer choices per question

INCORRECT ANSWER PENALTY:

No penalty for incorrect answers

FORMAT OF TEST:

Paper and pencil AND a computer-based option

READING AND WRITING:

  •  Two tests:
    •    Reading Test
    •    Writing and Language Test
  •  No more sentence completions; focus on multiple-meaning
    words
  •  Passages will draw from significant historical or
    scientific documents – may include informational graphics, such as charts
  • The reading passages will include complex structure and
    vocabulary
  •  Passage-based grammar – including punctuation

MATH:

Focuses on:

  • Application-based, multi-step questions
  • Higher-level math, including trigonometry
  • One “extended-thinking” grid-in question (worth 4
    points);
  • Core math competencies (translating math into English
    and English into math)
  • A deep understanding of the theories behind
    mathematical principles, such as building equations

CALCULATORS:

Calculators only allowed in the longer of the two math sections

THE ESSAY:

The essay is optional (50 minutes, timed)

Students will be provided a substantial passage (600–700 words) and will then be
asked to analyze how the author built their argument; students will need to
understand the techniques authors used to write persuasively

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