The redesigned SAT, which will be offered beginning in the spring of 2016, incorporates a number of new testing approaches that are intended to better assess the areas of learning that matter most in preparing students for success in college and the real world beyond. Here are the 10 most important changes you need to know about:
The Essay Got Twice as Long, But Now It’s Optional
 The Essay length went from 25 minutes to 50 minutes
 It is no longer required as part of the exam, though it is still encouraged
 Students analyze and respond to a piece of text, instead of making an argument
 The essay will be the last section of the exam, instead of the first section
No More Obscure Vocabulary
 The Sentence Completion (or “fillintheblanks”) section is gone
 Students identify word meaning in context of passages
 Words tested are more closely related to common usage
 Flash cards and vocabulary lists will be less effective
No Calculator for One of the Math Sections
 Calculators cannot be used for one 25minute math section
 Algebra makes up 35% of the math: formulas, expressions, equations
 Data Analysis makes up 28%: ratios, proportions, percentages
 Advanced Math makes up 27%: quadratic equations, polynomials
 Additional Topics make up 10%: geometry, basic trigonometry functions

The Score Range has Changed
 The maximum composite score drops from 2400 to 1600
 Math scores range from 200800
 Reading and Writing scores are combined to range from 200800
 Essay scores from two independent graders are combined to range from 28
 Essay results are reported separately and do not factor into the composite score
Fewer Questions in About the Same Time
 The number of Reading questions drops from 67 to 52
 The number of Writing questions drops from 49 to 44
 The number of Math questions increases slightly, from 54 to 57
 Including the Essay, total test time increases by 5 minutes, to 3 hours 50 minutes
Four Answer Choices Means Better Chances
 The number of answer choices drops from 5 to 4 for all multiple choice questions
 Students have a better chance of getting more questions correct when guessing
 Eliminating incorrect answers becomes more effective for students

The Guessing Penalty is Gone
 Students earn points for correct answers
 Points are not deducted for incorrect answers or blanks
There are A Lot More Graphics
 Charts, graphs, and tables show up in Reading and Writing, as well as Math
 Students are asked to interpret and analyze graphics in relation to text
 Reading and Writing require editing textual information to reflect graphics or data
Science and History Play a Bigger Part
 Reading and Writing content relies more heavily on science and social studies
 Students will analyze recent discoveries and global events in context
 Texts emphasize U.S. founding documents and academic responses
 Pivotal speeches and writings from around the world are included
RealWorld Relevance is Key
 Questions throughout the exam are grounded in college and career contexts
 Reading and Writing focus more on texts students are likely to encounter in class
 Math focuses more on problems with applications in the real world

Students who are currently enrolled as high school freshmen will be the first to have the option of taking the redesigned SAT in the spring of their junior year. Revolution Prep will continue to provide industryleading prep programs, so that students have the opportunity to begin building the knowledge and skills needed to understand everything that will be on this redesigned SAT, along with the strategies needed to achieve lifelong learning success.
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