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School News: Changes Announced to the SAT—New Test Will Impact Class of 2017

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School News: Changes Announced to the SAT—New Test Will Impact Class of 2017

 

 

What do you need to pass on to your tween or teen about the new SAT?

This redesign of the SAT: will ask students to apply a deep understanding of the few skills and content areas most important for college and career readiness.”
  • The PSAT will change first in the fall of 2015
  • The SAT will follow in the spring of 2016.
  • New changes will not impact the class of 2014, 2015, or 2016

 

So what’s so different?

 

What Type of Changes?

Old SAT (What it was..)

New SAT (What it is now…)

Score

  • ¼-point penalty for wrong answers
  • Score was based out of:
    • 2400 -- 800 for Math
    • 800 for Reading Comprehension
    • 800 for Writing
 
  • No wrong-answer penalty
  • Score is based out of:
  • 1600 -- 800 for Math
  • 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  • Optional essay will receive a separate score

Time to take the test

  • 3 hours 45 minutes
 
  • 3 hours; 3 hours 50 minutes with optional essay

Essay

  • Essay  required
  • Students had 25 minutes to write a persuasive essay in response to a prompt
  • Accuracy of information was not tested
  • Essay is optional
  • Students have 25 minutes to write a persuasive essay in response to a prompt
  • Accuracy of information not tested

 

 

 

Any changes to the Math & Reading and Writing Sections? And you Know it!

 

Old Way

New Way

Math

  • Focused on wide array of topics
  • Had more of an emphasis on computational skills
  • Calculators were permitted for all sections
• Focus on 3 topics -- problem-solving and data analysis, "the heart of algebra,” “passport to advanced math"
• Real-world problem solving including analyzing data, charts, and graphs
• Calculator not permitted for all math sections

Reading & Writing

  • Writing score combined writing multiple-choice questions and written essay score
  • Reading section had two question types: sentence completion and passage-based questions
 
  • Reading and Writing combined into "Evidence-Based Reading and Writing"
  • No Sentence Completions
  • Focus on real-world vocabulary-in-context as well as revising and editing writing in passages
  • Focus on analyzing Literature, Social Studies, and Science passages
  • One passage is a Primary Source from American and/or World History, such as excerpt from The Constitution or Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech

 

 

Find more information about SAT changes here

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