Science, Tech, Math › Science What Time Is the SAT Test? Share Flipboard Email Print Martin Shields / Getty Images Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated October 05, 2019 Question: What Time Is the SAT Test? If you're taking the SAT, you'll want to make sure you get to the SAT in time for the test. Here's how you know what time to be at the SAT. Answer: The time to be at the SAT test center is written on your admission ticket. The time may vary depending on your test center, but usually, the SAT starts at 8:00 am and the ticket requests you be at the test center no later than 7:45 am. Test Dates for the SAT Chemistry Test How Long Is the Test? The SAT takes 3 hours or 180 minutes, excluding the optional essay. However, the are 10 minutes of breaks. You should be done around noon (between 11:40 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.). The essay adds an additional 50 minutes.