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How Difficult is the SAT?
How to Approach the SAT?
The SAT is developed to reflect accepted educational standards. The data show that the material on the SAT and the time allocated to each section are appropriate for the intended test-taking population:
- On average, students answer 50 to 60 percent of questions correctly.
- 80 percent finish nearly the entire test.
- Almost all students complete at least 75 percent of the questions.
The sentence completion, multiple-choice writing questions, and math questions are always arranged in order of difficulty, from easier questions at the beginning to tougher questions (that often look like easy questions in disguise) at the end. More importantly, easy questions More questions? are worth the exact same number of points as the toughies. So, by working slowly and getting all of the easier questions right, you can pick up the points that the test writers want you to get.
For example, let's look at the math portion of the test:
Let's look at it another way:
27 correct questions ÷ 54 total questions = 50%.
Hey, isn't a 50% on a test like an F in school?
If you got a 66% on the SAT (36 right answers out of 54 questions, with 18 left blank), a failing grade in most high school classes, you'd be sitting pretty at a score well above average – about 600. Chill. Even if you have your heart set on going to a selective college, you don't have to ace this test. If you score 85% of the questions right – a solid B in your average class – you'll get a shiny score up in the 700s.