The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States: in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. For international students SAT is offered four times a year out of USA: in October, December, March and May.Test has following structure.

  • 60 minutes long
  • 85 multiple-choice questions
  • Scores range from 200 to 800.

Test includes following topics.

Content Approximate % of Test
Structure of Matter

Atomic Structure, including experimental evidence of atomic structure, quantum numbers and energy levels (orbitals), electron configurations, periodic trends

Molecular Structure, including Lewis structures, three-dimensional molecular shapes, polarity

Bonding, including ionic, covalent, and metallic bonds, relationships of bonding to properties and structures; intermolecular forces such as hydrogen bonding, dipole-dipole forces, dispersion (London) forces

States of Matter

Gases, including the kinetic molecular theory, gas law relationships, molar volumes, density, and stoichiometry

Liquids and Solids, including intermolecular forces in liquids and solids, types of solids, phase changes, and phase diagrams

Solutions, including molarity and percent by mass concentrations, solution preparation and stoichiometry, factors affecting solubility of solids, liquids, and gases, qualitative aspects of colligative properties

Reaction Types

Acids and Bases, including Brønsted-Lowry theory, strong and weak acids and bases, pH, titrations, indicators

Oxidation-Reduction, including recognition of oxidation-reduction reactions, combustion, oxidation numbers, use of activity series Precipitation, including basic solubility rules


Mole Concept, including molar mass, Avogadro’s number, empirical and molecular formulas

Chemical Equations, including the balancing of equations, stoichiometric calculations, percent yield, and limiting reactants

Equilibrium and Reaction Rates

Equilibrium Systems, including factors affecting position of equilibrium (LeChatelier's principle) in gaseous and aqueous systems, equilibrium constants, and equilibrium expressions

Rates of Reactions, including factors affecting reaction rates, potential energy diagrams, activation energies


Including conservation of energy, calorimetry and specific heats, enthalpy (heat) changes associated with phase changes and chemical reactions, heating and cooling curves, entropy

Descriptive Chemistry

Including common elements, nomenclature of ions and compounds, periodic trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements,

reactivity of elements and prediction of products of chemical reactions, examples of simple organic compounds and compounds of environmental concern


Including knowledge of laboratory equipment, measurements, procedures, observations, safety, calculations, data analysis, interpretation of graphical data, drawing conclusions from observations and data