We hope you had a wonderful holiday and a well-deserved break! As the new year begins, it’s time to start thinking about the redesigned SAT, which will become a reality on March 5, 2016! Over the next few months we will be exploring the new exam’s content in more detail; for now, though, we want to provide you with an overview of the new SAT’s specifications.
Total Testing Time
3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
3. Essay (optional)
• Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
• Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
• Correct answers-only scoring (no penalty for a wrong answer)
• Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
• 50 minutes to write the essay
• Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
• Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
• Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay
• Essay results reported separately
Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors
Test Length and Timing
|Component||Time Allotted (min.)||Number of Questions/Tasks|
|Writing & Language||35||44|
|Total||180 (230 w/Essay)||154 (155 w/Essay)|
The above information comes from the College Board’s website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat?navId=gh-nsat
Make sure to familiarize yourself with this site; it has a lot of valuable information!
Lastly, you should devote some time every day to preparing for the SAT. A great place to start is the SAT Question of the Day, found on the Daily Question App at:
Best of luck as you begin preparing for the new SAT; we’ll see you next month!