The SAT Student Guide 2017-18
The College Board, 2017. — 112 p.
Using This Guide
We’ve created this guide to help you:
Become familiar with the test so that you’re not surprised or confused on test day.
Learn the test directions. The directions for answering the questions in this booklet are the same as those on the actual test.
Review the sample questions. The more familiar you are with the question formats, the more comfortable you’ll feel when you see similar questions on the actual test. In particular, be sure to practice writing answers to the student-produced response questions on the Math Test (see page 26). Find additional sample questions at sat.org.
Understand how the tests are scored. You get one point for each right answer. Hard questions count the same as easier questions. You won’t lose any points if you have to guess, so try to answer every question.
Take the practice test when you're ready. Go to sat.org/scoring to learn how you can get scores just by taking a picture of your answers with your phone.
For personalized practice based on your results, go to satpractice.org, where you can:
Create your own study plan.
Get personalized instruction that targets the skills and knowledge you need to work on.
Using This Guide
What the SAT Measures
Organization of the SAT
How the SAT Is Scored
Practice for the SAT
Protecting Your Privacy
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Reading Test Overview
Sample Reading Test Materials
Reading Test Questions
Writing and Language Test Overview
Sample Writing and Language Test Materials
Writing and Language Test Questions
Math Test Overview
Sample Math Test Materials
Math Test – No Calculator Questions
Math Test – Calculator Questions
The SAT Essay
The SAT Essay Overview
The SAT Essay Scoring Guide
Official SAT Practice Test
About the Practice Test
Approaches to the Practice Test
Marking the Answer Sheet
Calculating Your Scores
Evaluate Your Test Performance
SAT Practice Answer Sheets
Writing and Language Test
Math Test – No Calculator
Math Test – Calculator
SAT Practice Essay