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New 2016 SAT: Updated and Detailed Information

Overview: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT

Details of the new SAT have been a mystery since the new format was announced last year. We have been doing our best over the past several months to keep our students up-to-date by scouring the internet for reliable information. Collegeboard.com recently published the key differences between the old test and the new test. Since this information comes directly from the source, we have decided to disply the key differences between the old and new tests here:

OLD TEST TIMING: 3 hours and 45 minutes

NEW TEST TIMING: 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])

OLD TEST COMPONENTS
Critical Reading
Writing
Mathematics
Essay

NEW TEST COMPONENTS
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Reading Test
Writing and Language Test
Math
Essay (optional)

OLD TEST EMPHASIS
Emphasis on general reasoning skills
Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

NEW TEST EMPHASIS
Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings 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
Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

OLD TEST ESSAY SECTION
Required and given at the beginning of the SAT
25 minutes to write the essay
Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue

NEW TEST ESSAY SECTION
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

OLD TEST SCORE RANGE
Scale ranging from 600 to 2400 for TOTAL score
Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing
Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing

NEW TEST SCORE RANGE
Scale ranging from 400 to 1600 for TOTAL score
Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
Essay results reported separately
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