About the SAT

The purpose of the SAT is to set a nation-wide baseline to better compare students’ abilities and readiness for college. Individual colleges weigh the importance of SAT scores differently, with some factoring it in as much as 50% into their admission’s decision. The exam is comprised of a combined Reading and Writing section, a Math section, and an optional Essay section. The first two sections are multiple-choice with a 3-hour testing period and the 50-minute essay section is hand-written.

What do we offer?

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Class Structure

We offer both 1 -on- 1 and group classes


Course Content

Instead of covering material students have already mastered, our tutors can combine the power, precision, and insights of our software to develop a prep roadmap that’s personalized to every student’s unique needs and learning style.


Teachers & Materials

Our experienced tutors combine comprehensive lessons and extensive in-class review to best prepare students for exam day. Our class materials and test-taking strategies are updated frequently to reflect the latest developments on the SAT.

What sets Gallagher Prep apart?

What sets top scorers apart from the rest of the pack? Hours (and hours) of practice. But today’s students are busy. They need a more efficient way to prep that still delivers results. That’s why we’ve paired the power of our trusted test prep solutions and our top-scoring exam experts with a powerful courseware tool that helps students maximize their SAT/ scores.

Total hours of course: 21 hours

  • Broken to 14 classes – 1.5 hours each session

3 Full-Length Practice Test

  • 1st test will be taken on the the day of the diagnostic test
  • 2nd test will be taken in the middle of the course
  • 3rd test will be taken at the end of the course

With every test prep package, our courseware tool helps improve student progress by:

  • Giving instant feedback on assignments and quizzes
  • Giving follow-up questions and tutor feedback
  • Tracking viewings and completions of video tutorials
  • Providing tutors powerful insights to adjust the curriculum to support student growth

Call now to register for a diagnostic test!

For over 30 years, we’ve helped students of all ages reach their full potential. We provide the support, tools, and insights they need to excel on their SAT exams. Please call (408) 376-0752 or fill out our form below to schedule a diagnostic/evaluation test.

HSPT frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How is the SAT format?

The SAT is a 3 hour 50 minute exam (including an optional essay which takes 50 minutes), consisting of five sections: Reading, Writing, Math (with calculator), Math (no calculator), and Essay (optional).

Section and Content Minutes Allotted Number of Questions and Types


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100 minutes


  • Relevant words in context
  • Command of evidence
One 65-minute section 52 standard multiple-choice


  • Relevant words in context
  • Command of evidence
  • Expression of ideas
  • Standard English conventions
One 35-minute section 44 standard multiple-choice


  • The heart of algebra
  • Passport to advanced math
  • Problem solving & data analysis
80 minutes
One 25-minute section (no calculator)
One 55-minute section (calculator allowed)
45 standard multiple-choice
13 student-produced response



  • Analyzing a source
50 minutes
One 50-minute essay
1 evidence-based essay

The SAT is a paper-based test administered at schools and sites around the country on select dates throughout the year. Students are allowed to take the test as many times as they want; most universities will only look at the highest score or the super-score (a combination of the highest sections). However, since the scoring format changed in 2016, schools may tweak their policies accordingly. For more accurate information, please contact individual universities to confirm their score acceptance policy.

How are the SAT scored?

College Board does not deduct any points for an incorrect question. This means that you should not leave any questions blank on the test. With the sections being quite long, pacing and timing are crucial. Your tutor will help you master these skills.

The SAT scoring model has become more complex, providing a more detailed analysis and breakdown of students’ scores. Area scores, each scored out of 800, are combined to create a composite score for a maximum possible score of 1600. For a more detailed breakdown of what each score means, please see the table below.

Score Type Score Range Details


  • This score is the sum of the two area scores


Evidence-based reading & writing

  • The Evidence-based reading and writing score is the sum of the Reading test score and Writing & Language test score


Writing & Language

  • These scores tell you how you performed on individual test sections


(scored separately)

  • The essay is scored in three categories:
    Reading, Analysis, and Writing
  • Each category is scored from 2-8


History/Social Studies

  • These scores reflect your performance, categorized by the context of each question
  • Questions may span different test sections.


Relevant words in context (R, W&L)
Command of evidence (R, W&L)
Expression of ideas (W&L)
Standard English convention (W&L)
Heart of algebra (M)
Passport to advanced mathematics (M)
Problem solving & data analysis (M)

  • These 7 subscores will tell you how you did on specific question types or content.
  • Some subscores pull questions from multiple tests.
    R – Reading test
    W&L – Writing & Language test
    M – Math test

When should I register for the SAT?

It is important to take time to study further and gain confidence before taking the exam, but we recommend our students take the exam no later than two months after completing our course. The SAT exam is offered in January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. It is vital to plan ahead to ensure the student is properly prepared for the exam, and still has the opportunity to retake the exam if desired. You can search for exact dates in your area on the College Board website.

How much does the SAT cost?

The SAT costs $46 plus an additional $14 if opting for the essay section. A $29 late fee will also be applied if you register after the registration deadline.

How many times can I take the SAT?

You can take the SAT as many times as you would like and colleges will only see the scores you choose to submit, but our goal is to help our students achieve high scores on their first attempt after completing our course to minimize the mental and emotional strain from the college application process. A satisfactory first attempt also avoids additional registration fees and continuous studying between exams.