Changes Coming to the SAT
November 16, 2015
For parents of high school juniors, you may have heard that major changes are coming to the SAT in 2016. So, what does that mean for your student?
According to the College Board, “The redesigned SAT will focus on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success.”
The redesign affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. An optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers are just some of the new features. Your student can also expect an increased emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.
Here are five key ways that students may benefit from the new format:
- No Obscure Vocabulary. The new version will be easier because there will no longer be obscure vocabulary to trip up test takers.
- Fewer Answer Choices. The new format will have four answer choices, rather than the five it does today. This will save test takers time, plus increase the probability of getting the answer correct.
- More Time. Students will be given more time for each section and double the time for the essay. There will also be 16 fewer questions on the new SAT.
- No Penalty for Guessing. Unlike previous versions, students will not be penalized for choosing a wrong answer.
- Optional Essay. In the new SAT format, the essay is now optional and scored separately.
See the College Board’s website for additional information about the changes and how your student can best prepare for them. As always, our Admissions team is also available to help in any way we can!