Test Content and Testing Times

 In addition to the testing times listed below, you should expect to spend between 30 and 50 minutes on administrative tasks (distributing/collecting materials and filling in personal information on the answer sheets).

Actual testing time for the SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes, plus 17 minutes for breaks.

Note:  The Math test has two portions:  Math Test - No Calculator, and Math Test - Calculator.   


Test Content

Test Makeup

Test Time


52 questions/tasks

65 minutes

Writing and Language

44 questions/tasks

35 minutes

Math Test - No Calculator

20 questions/tasks

25 minutes

Math Test - Calculator

38 questions/tasks

55 minutes

SAT Essay

1 question/task

50 minutes