If you’re in high school, you know all about how important the SAT is for getting into the college of your choice. But do you know the important details that play a part in your success? If you’ve ever wondered how many questions are on the SAT, you’ve come to the right place!

First, let’s clarify that until spring of 2024, everyone had to take the traditional pencil and paper SAT, but once the change to the digital SAT occurred, some aspects, like the number of questions on the SAT, changed. Let’s start with what to expect from the traditional SAT format.

## How Many Questions Are on the Digital SAT?

If you plan to take the SAT in the spring of 2024 or after, you will take the new digital SAT. While the content and skills will remain the same, the digital SAT is shorter at a little over 2 hours, plus a 10-minute break.

For the new digital SAT, there are only two sections, Reading & Writing and Math. The Reading & Writing section contains two modules and the Math section also contains two modules. The first module in each subject contains questions meant to determine your level of mastery in that subject. The second module adapts the level of questions based on the number of correct answers in the first module. This adaptive format means that each exam is individualized, making it harder to predict and calculate scores.

One consistent factor is that each of the two sections is about one hour long. You will answer 98 questions in about 2 hours.

## How Much Time Will I Have to Answer Each Question on the Digital SAT?

Beginning with the new digital SAT, you will see a countdown clock on your screen. This will give you the ability to check your time throughout the exam. But be careful not to let it distract you! Stay focused on the questions in front of you, and if you’ve practiced, you’ll be fine.

Let’s take a look at the amount of time you will have on each question of the digital SAT. Reading and Writing contains two modules of 32 minutes each (remember, the second module contains the adapted questions), so 64 minutes total. At 27 questions per module, or 54 questions total, that gives you just a little over a minute per question in the Reading & Writing section.

Math also contains two modules. Each module is 35 minutes and contains 22 questions. The entire Math module, then, is 44 questions, and you have 70 minutes to answer them. That gives you about 1 ½ minutes per question in the Math section.

You’ve probably figured out by now that regardless of which SAT you take, preparation is the key component to success. The more familiar you become with the timing and format of the test, the better chance you’ll have of putting thought into your answers and increasing your score.

## How Many SAT Questions Do I Have to Get Right to Get a Good Score?

First, let’s define a good score. A good score really means a score that gets you into the college of your choice, so this will vary from person to person. One student’s good is another student’s average, and that’s okay! What matters is that you use all your tools and resources to accomplish what you need to pursue your dreams.

What does that look like? First, it’s never a bad idea to review how the SAT is scored. Once you have a handle on that, this next example will help you understand how many questions you need to get right in order to earn a certain score.

If we consider that 1000 is an average SAT score, then 1200, mathematically speaking, would be considered a good score. Let’s start there. We will break down how many questions you’d need to get right in order to earn that 1200.

On average and in its simplest form, you’d need a 600 in Math and a 600 in Reading & Writing to earn a 1200 on the SAT. What that means for each section is that you could get 11/44 wrong in Math to earn a 600 and 14/54 in Reading & Writing to earn a 600. So in total, you could miss 25 questions and still earn a “good” score of 1200.

Taking this a step further, what if you wanted to earn a 1400? How many questions would you have to get right? Using the simplest breakdown, you’d need to earn a 700 in Math and a 700 in Reading & Writing. Broken down by section, you can get 7 wrong in Math for a 700 and 8 wrong in Reading & Writing for a 700. To earn a 1400 overall, you can still get 15 answers wrong and be just 200 points shy of a perfect 1600!

## Tips For Answering Every SAT Question

Since there is no penalty for wrong answers, you have nothing to lose by answering every single question – and you should! You’ll have a better chance of choosing the correct answer to each question if you follow these tips.

### #1: Take Timed Practice Tests

The absolute best way to deal with the timing of this test is to become so familiar with it that you’re comfortable with the amount of time you have. Rather than worrying about how much time is left or trying to figure out if you have enough time to complete the test, you can concentrate fully on the questions before you. The more practice tests you take, the more comfortable you’ll become.

### #2: Skip Hard Questions

You already know that every question is worth one point, right? So it doesn’t make sense to labor over the tough ones and risk running out of time before you get to easy questions that would have taken you seconds to answer.

A better strategy is to quickly identify any time-consuming questions, such as a Reading & Writing question that requires you to check every answer choice against the passage. Once you realize a question is going to take you a long time to answer, mark it in your test booklet, skip it, and go back to it after you’ve answered all the other questions. That way, you ensure you finish the test, and you now have time to complete the remaining questions (or at least guess at them, if you only have a few minutes.)

### #3: Use Process of Elimination

If you are able to eliminate even one or two of the choices, your odds of guessing correctly increase. The more possibilities you eliminate, the greater your chance of selecting the right answer. And remember that the answer must be entirely correct – not just partially. Identify any answers that are only partly correct, and eliminate them.

### #4: Pay Attention to the Clock—But Don’t Obsess Over It

Don’t let worry about the time consume your thoughts. Especially if you’ve practiced, timing should come naturally. You’ll have a sense of how much time you have left and if you’re far enough along in that section.

Stay focused on working your way through the test, and check the time occasionally to either allow yourself to slow down or to remind yourself to stay focused. And it may help to take your own watch, just in case you are seated where you can’t see the clock.

### #5: Debrief After Each Practice Test

Take note of the amount of time it takes you to complete each module. Is it getting shorter the more practice tests you take? Now ask yourself what section is taking the most time. Can you practice that section more to allow yourself more time for review? You can also look for patterns – what types of questions are taking you the longest? When you see that type, do you do better if you skip them and go back at the end? Give extra practice to those areas.

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