You may have heard the College Board has redesigned the SAT. Beginning in March 2016, students taking the SAT will notice significant changes to the previous exam. The purpose of this blog post is to introduce the published changes and provide an unofficial timeline of the changes we except over the year.
The last major redesign of the SAT occurred in 2005, when, among other changes, scoring shifted from a 1600 scale to the current 2400 scale through the addition of a writing section. The redesigned SAT is returning to the 1600 scale and making the essay optional.
Spring and Summer 2015:
We should expect the College Board to release the first full-length redesigned sample exams for the SAT and PSAT (PSAT will be first), allowing students an entire year to prepare for the March 2016 launch and seven months for the redesigned PSAT. The College Board has already published sample materials and questions for the new SAT (practice questions). The sample Mathematics questions, while particularly useful, do not yet give students an exhaustive idea of the changes in the exam.
It is important to note that until those official tests are released, any practice materials for the new SAT are speculative, based on the small sample of problems that have been released.
Since I usually write about the SAT Mathematics content, let me address this section of the redesigned SAT. The new SAT Math section will be 80 minutes long and require students to answer 57 questions. Most questions will be multiple-choice and some will be free response. While the new Math section is 10 minutes longer than the former exam, students won’t be able to use their calculators for a 25-minute portion of the test. In terms of content, this section will have a heavy focus on algebra and analyzing, solving, and creating linear equations and inequalities.
The last SAT administration before the redesign goes into effect will be offered in January 2016.
In March 2016 the new SAT goes live; it will be closely tied to the Common Core and resemble the ACT like never before.
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