Official 2020 October US SAT Test | SAT QAS in PDF with Answers

by SAT GrandMaster on March 31, 2021

Curve analysis for SAT October 2020 US exam:

  • Reading - The overall difficulty for reading section is moderate, other than the social science passage, the rest of the passages are not very difficult, though there are some rare questions in some passages. Expect to deduct 20 points for the first 2 mistakes. 
  • Reading/Grammar - The difficulty level for reading and grammar section is moderate, except for a few difficult questions. There are also some questions that were tested before but does not appear often. 
  •  Math - Math is slightly more difficult. Students are required to read the diagrams accurately and understand the questions fully. 


Passage 1: Questions 1-10 - Literature - October 2020 US SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Meg Wolitzer, The Wife.Originally published in 2003. The narrator, a student at Smith College, a women's college, is enrolled in a creative writing class in the 1950s.

Passage 2: Questions 11-20 - History - October 2020 US SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from a speech delivered in 1860 by John Hossack, "Speech of John Hossack, Convicted of a Violation of the Fugitive Slave Law, before Judge Drummond, of the United States District Court, Chicago, IL."Hossack was tried for aiding an escaped African American slave, in violation of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

Passage 3: Questions 21-30 - Natural Science - October 2020 US SAT Test QAS

Passage 1 is adapted from "'Cloud Seeding' Not Effective at Producing Rain as Once Thought, New Research Shows."©2010 by American Friends of Tel Aviv University. Passage 2 is adapted from Janet Pelley, "Does Cloud Seeding Really Work?" ©2017 by American Chemical Society.

Passage 4: Questions 31-41 - Social Science - October 2020 US SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Jonah Berger, Contagious: Why Things Catch On. ©2013 by Social Dynamics Group, LLC.

Passage 5: Questions 43-52 - Natural Science - October 2020 US SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Thomas W. Schoener and David A. Spiller, "Trophic Cascades on Islands." ©2010 by Island Press 

Writing and Language

Questions 1-11 from 《Instrumental Repairs》

Questions 12-22 from 《Remix, Reuse, Repurpose》

Questions 23-33 from 《The Motivation of Reputation》

Questions 34-44 from 《Photosynthesis in the Dark》


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