SAT 2016

CHAPTER 1

ATTACKING THE NEW SAT: TWELVE FAQs

  2 WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY SKILLS ASSESSED BY THE REDESIGNED SAT?

SAT Reading

•  Interpreting, analyzing, and drawing inferences from college-level texts across the liberal arts and sciences such as arguments, narratives, and personal or expository essays

•  Interpreting and drawing inferences from data in the form of graphs, tables, and diagrams that accompany reading passages

SAT Writing and Language

•  Analyzing sentences and paragraphs in terms of their grammatical correctness and semantic coherence

•  Analyzing essays in terms of their overall development, tone, and effectiveness

SAT Math

•  Solving algebraic problems involving equations, inequalities, systems, formulas, and functions

•  Solving data-analysis problems involving concepts such as ratios, proportions, percentages, units, and numerical relationships

•  Solving problems in advanced mathematics involving concepts such as quadratics, polynomials, angles, polygons, areas, volumes, exponentials, complex numbers, and trigonometry

SAT Essay (Optional)

•  Writing an effective essay that analyzes and critiques a given argumentative passage