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Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
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Source: https://www.collegeboard.org


The College Board announced major changes to the SAT which are scheduled to take place in 2016. The redesigned SAT will focus on the knowledge and skills important for college and career readiness and success.

SAT Revisions:

• Relevant words in context
• Command of evidence
• Optional essay analyzing a source
• Math focused on three key areas
• Problems grounded in real-world contexts
• Analysis in science and social studies
• Founding documents and great global conversation
• No penalty for wrong answers
• The point scale will return to 1,600.

Overview: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT

This high-level comparison between the current SAT and the redesigned SAT highlights major design features of the two tests. The first table provides a comparison of the major features of the current SAT and redesigned SAT. The second table provides a comparison by test, including the number of items and testing time. It is important to note that while the information in these tables represents our best understanding of the nature and features of the redesigned SAT, some specific elements, such as timing, length, and reported scores, are subject to revision based on the ongoing research process that guides the redesign.

Major Features

Comparison of the Major Features: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT

Category

Current SAT

Redesigned SAT

Total Testing Time*

 

*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research

3 hours and 45 minutes

3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])

Components

1.    Critical Reading

2.    Writing

3.    Mathematics

4.    Essay

1.    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

         Reading Test

         Writing and Language Test

2.    Math

3.    Essay (optional)

Important Features

         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)

         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)

Essay

         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

         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

Score Reporting*

 

*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research

         Scale ranging from 600 to 2400

         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

         Scale ranging from 400 to 1600

         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

Subscore Reporting

None

Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors