The SAT has undergone its biggest change in 30 years. The New SAT made its debut in March 2016 and impacts students in the class of 2017 or younger. Our awesome research team has been closely monitoring the changes to make sure counselors, parents, and students get the inside scoop. And we have specific tips for the class of 2017.
The content on the New SAT is very similar to that which is on the ACT. The major difference is in how the concepts are tested and the steps students will have to take to solve problems correctly. Students have to reason their way through this exam by tackling problems in a linear and sequential fashion; a student’s ability to process information quickly is key.
|Changes You'll Love||Changes You Won't Love|
Are My Scores Here Yet?
If you took the New SAT in March 2016, The College Board is holding scores from the test until after the May 2016 administration.
How Should I Prep?
The SAT is still a timed, pencil-and-paper test. Speed and accuracy count. Our Research and Development team are New SAT experts. They have created world class content for our new courses and online resources to help students navigate these changes and be prepared on test day.
For more details on the changes, click New SAT Structure.
For help figuring out what to do with this information, click What Now? for advice from our test prep and college entrance experts.
|The New SAT (as of spring 2016)|
|SCORING||Total score (400–1600)
|LENGTH OF TEST (WITHOUT BREAKS)||3 hours (without essay)
3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
|ANSWER CHOICES||4 answer choices per question|
|INCORRECT ANSWER PENALTY||No penalty for incorrect answers|
|FORMAT OF TEST||Paper and pencil (The College Board has announced a computer-based option is forthcoming.)|
|READING AND WRITING||
|CALCULATORS||Calculators only allowed in the longer of the two math sections|
|THE ESSAY||The essay is optional (50 minutes, timed)
Students will be provided a substantial passage (600–700 words) and will then be asked to analyze how the author built their argument; students will need to understand the techniques authors used to write persuasively
Timing on the New SAT
|Time Allotted (minutes)||Number of Questions|
|Writing and Language||35||44|
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