SAT Practice Test 2022: Download Section-wise Previous Year SAT Question Papers PDF


Piyush Kohli

Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

SAT is the standardized test required for admissions in undergraduate courses in the US and Canada. The full form of SAT is Scholastic Assessment Test. The exam is designed to assess a candidate’s potential through written, verbal, and mathematical skills. This is further designed to get admission in a particular course as it helps in evaluating the candidate’s knowledge in a particular subject. It can be taken in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences, and Foreign Languages. In this article, we will provide you with various SAT Sample Papers, so, you can prepare for the SAT 2020 Exam first hand. Read: Essential SAT Tips and Strategies

SAT Test Pattern

The SAT Exam includes Math, Critical Reading, and Writing section. The SAT Exam Pattern  is further explained in the table:

SAT Subject

SAT Syllabus

SAT Test Pattern


57 questions

This section includes questions on problem-solving, data analysis, algebra, and advanced math.

Duration: 80 minutes

Score: 200-800


52 questions

This section includes questions on Sentence Completion, Tests understanding of passages from the US and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences.

Duration: 65 minutes

Score Range: 200-800

(combined with Writing Section)

Writing and Language

44 questions

This section includes questions on, expression of ideas and standard English conventions through passages related to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, and Sciences.

Duration: 35 minutes

Score Range: 200-800

(combined with Reading Section)

Essay (optional)

One optional essay

This section requires students to evaluate an argument through the analysis of evidence.

Duration: 50 minutes

not scored


154 questions


Duration: 3 hours (with optional 50 minutes)

Score: 1600

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Study Material - Books

It is said that the New SAT could be more difficult for international students: The Princeton Review AVP. With these changes, your preparation for the old SAT would not prove to be of any help in the new SAT. The existing sample papers or practice tests available in the random websites throughout the internet may not be authentic and latest. It is recommended to refer the official SAT practice tests from the official website:

Subjects in SAT Subject test

SAT Subject Test is divided into 5 subjects. These subjects are further categorized into smaller topics. The various SAT Subjects include:



Italian language

German language

U.S. History



German with Listening

World History


Chinese with Listening

Spanish language

Math Level 1

French language

Japanese with Listening

Spanish with Listening

Math Level 2

French with Listening

Korean with Listening

Modern Hebrew

SAT Syllabus

You have understood the SAT Exam Pattern, now learn about the SAT Syllabus. Once this is done, you may go through the books and create a preparation plan with the prep tips shared below. After this, you may test your potential using the official sample tests for preparation.

Divided into three parts (Critical Reading, Maths, and Writing), this exam is 3 hours long with an optional 50-minute essay. The syllabus covered in this exam is very basic, which is covered in your school curriculum. This test hence becomes a really easy and interesting one.

The Critical Reading section has further three categories, viz. reading comprehension, sentence completion, and paragraph-length critical reading. Similarly, the Math section contains three more categories: algebra and functions, geometry statistics, and probability and data analysis. The Writing section is divided into two parts including essay and multiple-choice sections.

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Having gone through each and every step recommended for preparation, you are ready to test your potential. For a better understanding of using the SAT Score for studying abroad, it is always recommended to take expert opinion.

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FAQs for SAT Sample Paper

Still have more queries related to SAT, check out the frequently asked questions about SAT and SAT Sample Papers.

Q. Is SAT a hard test?

A. The main purpose of the SAT exam is to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates. The exam is a standard test for candidates wanting to study in the USA and Canada and is not a tough exam if the candidate is willing to put in a commendable effort.

Q. Is the SAT test multiple choice?

A. Most of the questions asked in the SAT exam is multiple-choice questions except for the optional Essay section.

Q. What is a good SAT score?

A. According to the College Board, the average SAT score for 2017 – 2018 is 1068. So, anything above 1200 can be considered a good SAT score. The maximum anyone can score on the SAT is the perfect score of 1600. Read more about a good score on the SAT exam here.

Q. What is a good score in the SAT Essay?

A. After the SAT revision in March 2016, candidates should note that their SAT Essay Score does not affect the candidate's composite score on the 1600 point scale. However, an SAT Essay score of 20 is considered a good score for admission to Tier 1 colleges.

Q. Are SAT practice tests harder than the real test?

A. SAT practice tests are not harder than the real test as the environment and the anxiety at that time is completely different while one is performing the real test. Although the practice tests are designed as per the level of difficulty of the real test.

Q. Are SAT practice tests accurate?

A. Although the difficulty level of the practice tests is almost the same as the real SAT test, however, it depends on how seriously you are attempting it. If you take it in the real settings with the same serious level as the real test then you will get almost accurate results.

Q. Tips to prepare for SAT?

A. Tips for SATprep

  • First, understand the SAT test pattern
  • Decide what study plan you will follow
  • Calculate how many hours you need to study
  • Learn about the prep material and gather it
  • Strictly follow the study plan
  • Give practice papers

Q. Is calculus is there on SAT?

A. There is no advanced math, calculus, or pre-calculus on the SAT. Also, there are no quadratic formula, matrices, trigonometry, or radians on the SAT.

Q. What is the breakdown of the math section?

A. Check the math section below:

  • Algebra and Functions (35% -- 40%): Function Graphs, Solving Expressions
  • Geometry (25% -- 30%): Rectangles, Triangles, Solids, Lines, Slopes, and Circles
  • Numbers and Operations (20% -- 25%): Ratios, Percents, Integers, and Fractions
  • Data, Stats, and Probability (10% -- 15%): Charts, Tables, Averages, and Medians

Q. Can students need to be in high school to take the SAT?

A. No, as per the College Board anyone can take the SAT irrespective of their age or class they are studying, however, usually, candidates in eleventh and twelfth appear for the test.

Q. Which is the best SAT study material?

A. Some of the best SAT prep books:

  • College Board's Official SAT Study Guide 2021-22 Edition
  • Kaplan's SAT Prep Plus 2021
  • The Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT 2020 Edition
  • McGraw-Hill Education SAT Elite 2022
  • Barron's SAT, 29th Edition

More FAQs for SAT Exam






is only sat enough for adimission in usa universities ?
or any other exams should we write?

Reply to chanikya

Please, Can I apply for the SAT Exam from countries like Nigeria? And Please what are the application processes and requirement?



Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Franklin, please check the official College Board website and learn whether one can take the SAT from Nigeria. Also, refer to the below URL and check out the eligibility and registration process.

Which SAT exam whether SAT with essay or without essay is required for admission in IPM at IIM Indore



Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Shreyasi. You can check out the admission requirements for IIM Indore here:


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Shreyasi, please go through the below URL and check out the entry requirements for IPM at IIM Indore:


Asif Ali


Hello sir, i have problem with SAT date. June 4th SAT exam date is for indian student or it's only for U.S student, beacuse in SAT website it's given that June 4th SAT exam date is for only U.S .

Reply to Asif Ali


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Asif, currently, 4th-June is for students planning to take the exam in US. Please check the test dates for SAT in India:


bharti negi


Can a student who is not registered with any school in india give sat? And after scoring a good sat score will he get a university without ever entering a indian school?

Reply to bharti negi

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