Official 2019 August US SAT Test | SAT QAS in PDF with Answers

by SAT GrandMaster on March 31, 2021

Traditionally, the August SAT test is only available in the USA. After speaking with dozens of students who had taken part in the test, we've come up with the preliminary curve analysis of this test. 

Below is the curve analysis for SAT August 2019 QAS USA:

  • General comment: normally the curve for the USA version is more lenient that than of the International version, the August 2019 test seemed to be no exception. Also to take note is that curve-wise, the math section is generally more demanding than english-section since late 2018. This is probably due to the accusation of score inflation by the CollegeBoard since the implementation of the new SAT in 2016. In order to maintain the rigour and credibility of the new SAT test, the CB has been particularly harsh on the math section to drive down the average score population-wide. 
  • Reading - generally quite friendly, which is a good news for students who are stronger in STEM but weaker in humanities. For the first 3 mistakes, 10 points off for each mistake. For the fourth to the eighth mistakes, 10 points off for every 2 mistakes. In a nutshell, the curve is more lenient than normal. 
  • Grammar - in part due to the relatively higher difficulty of the passages and questions in August test, the curve is also more lenient than normal. 10 points off for 1 mistake; 30 off points for 2 mistakes; 50 points off for 5 mistakes. 
  • Math - compared to the English section, the curve is much steeper for math. You should expect 30 points off for 1 mistake, 70 points off for 3 mistakes, and 100 points off for 5 mistakes. It's clear that CB is taking a zero-toleration for mistake policy for math.  


Click here to obtain the latest SAT August 2019 USA QAS and Answer Keys from ExclusiveSAT.  

Some screenshots of the latest SAT August 2019 USA tests:

SAT August 2019 (USA) QAS Grammar Section


Passage 1: Questions 1-10 - Literature - August 2019 US SAT

The passage is from Alice Munro,Dance of the Happy Shades.©1968 by Alice Munro.

Passage 2: Questions 11-20 - History - August 2019 US SAT

This passage is adapted from Supriya Syal,Dan Ariely,"Getting Out the Vote."©2016 by scientific American,a division of Nature America,Inc.

Passage 3: Questions 21-31 - Science - August 2019 US SAT

This passage is adapted from Stephanie Mao, "Human Activity Boosts Brain Size in Animals." 2013 by Yale Scientific Magazine. 

Summary:Animal brains are getting bigger and bigger, and explain why. 1. Nutritional reasons, 2. Human activities enhance animal cognitive skills. The experiment described in the article confirms its possibility, and this view has been proven before. Finally, the article emphasizes that the feasibility of the conclusion needs to be tested by further experimental results.

Passage 4: Questions 32-42 - History - August 2019 US SAT

Passage 1 is adapted from a speech delivered in 1793 by Hugh Henry Brackenridge,"Oration on the Celebration of the Anniversary of Independence,July 4th,1793"Passage 2 is adapted from Alexander Hamilton,"Americanus No.I",The works of Alexander Hamilton volume 7.Originally published in 1794.Both passages address the question of whether the United States should help revolutionary France in its conflict with other European powers.

Summary:The authors of the two articles have opposite positions. Article 1 says that France is an ally and the United States should help France! Article 2 talks about things in France that Americans don’t care about, it will only cause fire!

Passage 5: Questions 42-52 - Science - August 2019 US SAT

This passage is adapted from "Ancient Volcanic Explosions Shed Light on Mercury's Origins."©2010 by Brown University. 

Summary:The article described that the traces of the volcanic eruption can estimate the condition of Mercury at that time. Through the age of the planet that Mercury’s crater sinks, we can understand when the volcanic eruption of Mercury was. Experiments have shown that volcanic eruptions did not occur when Mercury was just formed, but only after a long period of time!

Writing and Language

Question 1-11 from 《Science Says》

Question 12-22 from 《Rock and Roll en Espanol》

Question 23-33 from 《Gwen Ifill's Legacy》

Question 34-44 from 《A Plant's Response to Temperature》

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