There are 10 sections in all in the test. The first section is writing essay (25 minutes), second is Critical Reading which includes Sentence Completion, Short Reading Passages, Long Reading Passages. Duration is 25 minutes. Next section is Mathematics (25 minutes). The fourth section is Writing- Multiple Choice and the fifth section is Critical Reading which includes Sentence Completion, Short Reading Passages, Long Reading Passages. Time allotted for both the sections is 25 minutes each. The sixth section is again Mathematics, multiple choice questions (25 minutes). The seventh section is again critical reading and next is Mathematics. Both of these are of 20 minutes duration. Next section is critical reading of 25 minutes and the last section is Writing- Multiple Choice which is of 10 minutes duration and includes Improving Sentences.
The corresponding percentile of each scaled score varies from test to test—for example, in 2003, a scaled score of 800 in both sections of the SAT Reasoning Test corresponded to a percentile of , while a scaled score of 800 in the SAT Physics Test corresponded to the 94th percentile. The differences in what scores mean with regard to percentiles are due to the content of the exam and the caliber of students choosing to take each exam. Subject Tests are subject to intensive study (often in the form of an AP , which is relatively more difficult), and only those who know they will perform well tend to take these tests, creating a skewed distribution of scores.
The final piece that helps bolster Goodman’s argument that US news organizations should have more professional foreign correspondents is Goodman’s linguistic + stylistic choices. Goodman uses contrasts to draw the reader deeper into his mindset. By setting up the contrast between professional reporters as “informational filters” that discriminate good from bad and amateur, man-on-the-spot reporters as undiscriminating “funnels,” Goodman forces the reader to view the two in opposition and admit that professional filters are to be preferred over funnels that add “speculatio, propaganda, and other white noise” to their reporting. In addition, Goodman drives the reader along toward agreeing with his conclusion in the penultimate paragraph of the article with the repetition of the phrase “We need.” With every repetition, Goodman hammers even further home the inescapable rightness of his argument. The use of “We” more generally through the article serves to make the readers feel sympathetic towards Goodman and identify with him.