Here’s What the New SAT Will Look Like
Nearly a year after the College Boards announcement that the SAT would be undergoing a significant redesign, College Board President David Coleman recently revealed more information about what we can expect to see on the new SAT®. Here are the major changes:
The first new SAT will be administered in spring 2016.
The redesigned exam will be divided into three sections:
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay. The Essay section is optional, though many selective colleges are likely to make it mandatory.
The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section will test contextual understanding of words rather than mundane sentence completion and rare vocabulary definitions test. Students will have to study source documents from a broad range of disciplines, and sometimes asked to make a quote from text, that best justifies their choice. This is a very easy section to score in, however without the guidance of a proper SAT coaching it may become disastrous and you’ll end up getting all the negative point that our thought you didn’t deserve. In addition to this every exam will include a passage from one of the nation founding documents, (e.g., the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution) or from one of the important discussions of such texts (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech).
The Math section will require students to analyze data, charts, and graphs in order to solve problems from real-world contexts. It will cover three major areas: linear equations; complex equations or functions; and ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning.
Against the popular convention, the Essay section will appear at the end of the test rather than the beginning. In it, students will read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument, supporting their claims with evidence from the passage. The essay prompt will be shared in advance and remain consistent; however the passage itself will change from test to test. Students will have 50 minutes to complete the essay.
The SAT will be scored on a 1600-point scale: 800 points for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and 800 points for the Math section. Essay scores will be reported separately.
Points will no longer be deducted for incorrect answers.
The SAT will be offered in print and, at selected locations, on computer.
You can find more details about the new version of the test at the College Board website and from the education consultants of ProEd. The College Board is planning to release more information about the new test, including example questions and text passages, on April 16, 2014. We are keeping an eye on all developments and will share new information with you as it becomes available.