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What you need to know about the new SAT

This book will be changing too!
This book will be changing too!
Debbie Stier

A few months ago, the College Board announced significant changes to the format of the SAT. The College Board's webpage devoted to the new test has released some information about the details. These changes will not be implemented until spring 2016, but it never hurts to be prepared! Here are the highlights:

  • The total testing time has been reduced to three hours from three hours and 45 minutes.
  • The essay part of the test is now optional. An additional 50 minutes of testing time will be added to the three hour standard test for students choosing to complete the essay.
  • The Writing subtest and score will be eliminated. Some elements of writing will now be tested in the new Evidence-Based Reading and Writing subtest. As noted above, the essay portion of the current Writing test will now be optional.
  • The vocabulary-heavy Sentence Completion questions will be eliminated from the test. However, vocabulary will continue to be tested within the context of reading passages.
  • The 1/4-point penalty for wrong answers will be eliminated.
  • Score reporting will revert to the old 200-1600 scale. The score for the optional essay will be reported separately.

If you want to sift through the full specifications of the new test, check out the full document here. More details to come!