# SAT experimental section?

<p>Do experimental sections have less or more questions than real sections do? </p>

<p>Doesn't the real reading section have 24 questions and the experimental have 23 or 25?</p>

<p>I know that there are 3 short sections 1 math, 1 reading, and 1 writing at the end which are never the experimental sections.</p>

<p>That would defeat the purpose of an experimental section, because then the students would be able to identify which section is experimental and not waste time on them. I took the June test and I had four math sections, I had two sections with 20 questions each. One of them had to be experimental, which one of those two was experimental is anyone’s guess. Although, I did see that the order of difficulty of the questions in one of the sections was off, and it was likely to be experimental.</p>

<p>I teach SAT for a living. Many of my students have been reporting that they can recognize the experimental section if it is critical reading because of the follow up question. Back in March one student of mine had to abandon half way through because the experimental section had been torn out of his test booklet. When he reported it to the proctor she simply said " cancel your score" and didn’t offer to replace the booklet. Clearly, someone in the school faculty had sold that section to an entity seeking a jump on the change. I felt really bad for my student because he had spent a lot of time and good money preparing. </p>

<p>I don’t think the number of questions changes, but I’ve heard recently, like Czeska, that recent experimental questions have been asking you to refer to earlier questions, which is uncharacteristic of the typical SAT.</p>

<p>@‌smargent
Yes. It is called the “evidence question” - at least that’s what my students are telling me. They have also figured out a way to answer them: read the base question first then go to the evidence answer choices and go thru each choice to see if it answers the base question. </p>

<p>@Czeska‌ @Smargent‌ Those questions will be part of the actual SAT in 2016. They’re just testing them on us first. </p>

<p>I was wondering, since they’re experimental, could we just skip the section once we see a follow-up question? </p>

<p>@woandering.</p>

<p>That’s super risky. At any moment they could make it count for real. Take every section seriously as though it counts. </p>

<p>@Czeska‌ @Smargent‌ what are these “evidence questions” and “base questions” you guys are talking about? Please elaborate with an example</p>

<p>Example:</p>

<p>12) The author’s attitude toward his colleagues is best described as</p>

<p>A) indifferent
B) hostile
C) empathetic
D) critical</p>

<p>13) which of the following provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?</p>

<p>A) line 5 “…”
B) line 15 “…”
C) line 32 “…”
D) line 57 “…”</p>

<p>12) is the base question, 13) is the evidence question</p>

<p>You go through all the answers of 13) first and see which one gives an answer to 12). </p>