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Overview of skills and skill levels

An overview of skills and skill levels on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy

What are "SAT Skills"?

In Official SAT Practice, "skills" are specific areas that you can practice. For example, “Solving linear equations and linear inequalities” is one of the skills in the math section, and “Reading: Science” or “Writing: Argument” are skills in the Reading & Writing section. As part of your prep, Official SAT Practice will recommend "skills" for you to practice.
There are 41 skills in SAT Math and 28 skills in Reading & Writing. These can be viewed or accessed under your practice recommendations in the Practice tab, in the section that starts with “Or choose from the full list”.
In Math or Grammar and Effective Language use, skills tie directly back to a particular type of question. For example, if you practice the “Effective Language Use: Syntax” skill, you’ll be given only questions that relate to syntax. In passage-based Reading & Writing practice, however, you'll find multiple question types within a single skill.
The types of questions found in these Reading & Writing skills include:
Check out the links above for more information on these question types!

What are "Skill levels"?

You have a specific skill level for each of the many skills you will practice for the SAT.
When you reach a higher level in a skill, you will be asked harder questions or given more complex passages when you practice that skill.
Your overall levels for Math and Reading & Writing are averages that add up your individual skill levels and divide them by how frequently each skill appears on the exam.
Image of Math and Reading and Writing skill level icons, from "Level not set" up to "level 4". Math levels are various shades of blue squares with a white semicircle in the center that fills in as you increase levels. Reading is the same set of icons but with a purple background instead of blue.

How do practice recommendations work?

On your Practice tab, we recommend skills for you to practice based on how you’ve performed on that skill and how frequently it shows up on the SAT.
Let’s say there are two skills at two different levels:
  • Skill A, Level 3
  • Skill B, Level 2
You might think it would be more important to improve Skill B. However, our system may recommend that you practice Skill A because it shows up more frequently on the test and improving it to Level 4 would do more to raise your score.

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  • piceratops tree style avatar for user Rinchen Lama
    Is getting a 4 overall skill level in both Maths and English good?
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    • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user eden
      Getting a 4 in both score levels usually indicates that you will get above a 1200 on the SAT. I have a score level of 4 in both math and english, and got a 1380 on one of my more recent practice test, so yes, good job!
      (146 votes)
  • piceratops seedling style avatar for user cefarr159
    I made 100 points lower on the practice SAT than the real one I took over a year ago and so I'm wondering if that's normal
    (45 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Cyrine Bettaieb
    I'm taking my first SAT this december that means in 7 weeks and i've only started studying this weeks i want to know if it enough time or not?
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    • aqualine sapling style avatar for user RogerTheShrub
      Yes, I believe that is plenty of time as long as you are consistent. I have mine the 3rd of November, I only started the 1st. Not sure if that is great, but I have a good understanding of math, so I am focusing on English while reviewing the math. Don't stress at all. You are going to do great! :)
      (131 votes)
  • blobby green style avatar for user Jada Hargrove
    Is there any tips for me as I am getting ready to take my SAT on may 4th this will be my VERY first time taking a SAT, and I am nervous because I am not a good test taker. I been practicing on here daily. Also is there a section that re teaches you the skills you are weak on from the sat practice test questions I gotten wrong?
    (25 votes)
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  • duskpin seedling style avatar for user shruti roy
    What if I'm a freshman in highschool and I only am learning Algebra I currently, how would I go on about doing SAT practices? Should I just wait till I learn Algebra I, 2, and Geometry fully?
    (17 votes)
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    • winston default style avatar for user Udbhav
      You should probably accelerate yourself on Khan Academy. I have taken 2 practice tests so far and the majority of questions are algebra. Another option is also to practice the specific skills that Khan Academy offers in the math section. Hope this helps.
      (45 votes)
  • leafers seedling style avatar for user Olivia Hicks
    What score would I get if I have a 3 in math and a 4 in reading/writing?
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Emily
      There isn't exactly a good way to determine that unless you take a full-length practice SAT test on Khan and see how you are doing. My best guess is 1100+. I would definitely try to boost the math though. And don't neglect to practice what you are doing well at also, or you might get rusty on some important stuff. Keep up the good work!
      (27 votes)
  • blobby green style avatar for user ROSEBUYS
    Is there a list of the 41 skills in math?
    Is there a list of the 28 skills in reading & grammar
    (18 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user clee
    If I am a level 4 on something, should I still consider it done or should I still practice it?
    (5 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user donesha.avery
    How can I see my skill levels
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  • aqualine seed style avatar for user Temi Haastrup
    how meany question are there in math , English , and , Writing in the sat exam
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    • female robot grace style avatar for user Nilla
      The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections are 65 minutes of Reading with 52 questions, 35 minutes of Writing and Language with 44 questions. The Math section consists of a 25 minute no calculator section of 20 questions, and a 55 minute calculator section with 38 questions. (The total test time is 3 hours and 45 minutes.)
      (2 votes)