IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
THE NEW SAT
The class of 2025 will be the first group of students to take the New Digital SAT. The first administration is scheduled for the spring of 2024.
The New PSAT is scheduled to be offered for the first time in October 2023.
The New SAT, as announced by the College Board, includes the following changes*:
- The New SAT will have two computer-adaptive "sections" called "Reading and Writing" and "Math," with each section scored on the current 200 - 800 scale (for a composite score of 1600).
- The "Reading and Writing" section will consist of two sections (or stages). The first section (or stage) will set the difficulty for the second section (or stage) based upon how a student performs in the first section. Each section will consist of roughly 32 minutes and 27 questions. Each Reading and Writing section will begin with Reading questions and end with Writing questions.
- The New "Reading Component" will contain shorter, differing length reading passages, each followed by a single question(as opposed to the current longer passages, followed by several accompanying questions). The types of questions asked will be similar to the current reading questions. The questions will increase in difficulty thru each type of question in the section.
- The New "Writing Component" will have grammar based questions coming from a sentence or two and will ask questions about grammar, sentence structure, logic, style, and punctuation. The types of questions will test similar underlying content as does the current Writing test. The questions will increase in difficulty thru each type of question in the section.
- The New "Math Test" will consist of two sections (or stages). The first section (or stage) will set the difficulty for the second section (or stage) based upon how a student performs in the first section. Each section of math will consist of roughly 35 minutes and 22 questions. The types of questions asked will be similar to the current math questions (consisting of multiple choice and grid-in questions). The questions will increase in difficulty thru each math section. In addition, a calculator will be allowed throughout the entire Math Test. The test will still include "Grid-in" questions on which multiple-choice answers are not provided, thus requiring students to enter in their numerical answers.
- Other points to note about the New SAT...
- The total amount of time required for the test (excluding breaks) will be about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- No penalty for wrong answers.
- All multiple-choice questions will have 4 answer choices.
- Scratch paper will be provided at the test center location to allow students to perform any necessary math scratch-work.
* Please note that the College Board has stated that the New SAT test design and specifications are still under extensive research and testing, and as such, are subject to change.
Why did The College Board decide to change the SAT Test?
According to The College Board, the changes to the SAT were designed to modernize and align the test with how many high school tests are administered, while also shortening the testing experience. Do not worry - despite many of the changes, the SAT will remain very coachable, and we are already developing new materials and strategies to address any and all of the test changes.
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