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SAT Changes Are Coming


On March 5, the College Board announced a major redesign of the SAT that will be released in the spring of 2016. In a presentation from Austin, Texas, College Board President David Coleman said that the proposed changes will make the SAT more “focused, clear, useful, and open.” The College Board plans to align the SAT with relevant content that students learn in high school and to level the playing field by increasing access to test preparation materials, via a partnership with Khan Academy. See below for more information on forthcoming changes to the SAT.

The Basics

  • The redesigned SAT will be released in spring 2016.
  • The SAT will be offered in print and, at select locations, on computer.
  • There will be three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay.
  • The length of the SAT will be about three hours, with an added 50 minutes for the optional essay. Precise timing will be finalized after further research.
  • The exam will once again be scored on a 400- to 1600-point scale. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section will each be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale. Scores for the Essay will be reported separately.

When will the redesigned SAT be given for the first time?

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in the spring of 2016.

How does the redesign of the SAT affect rising juniors and seniors?

The high school graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 will take the current SAT. Students should continue to visit the SAT website to register for the test and to get and send their scores.

Can students take both the current SAT and the redesigned SAT and see which score is higher?

When the College Board switches over to the redesigned SAT in spring 2016, the current SAT will no longer be offered, although current scores will continue to be accepted. Because the exam and score scale are changing, we recommend that students who take multiple exams should send all scores, allowing colleges to use those that are most favorable to the student.

Is the PSAT/NMSQT changing too?

Yes, the PSAT/NMSQT will change together with the SAT. The changes will launch in October 2015. This schedule will allow students to take the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT before the redesigned SAT.

For more information about the SAT changes, check out collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat

Watch College Board President David Coleman’s announcement about changes to the SAT here: ustream.tv/channel/delivering-opportunity


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