What’s Different in the New SAT?

What’s Different in the New SAT?

If you haven’t heard by now, the SAT released this past spring is dramatically different than in years past. There are some major differences between the new and past SAT tests, and it’s important for students to understand them.

  • Time: The total testing time has changed from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours with an additional, optional 50 minutes for the essay.
  • Components: Previous SAT tests included writing, critical reading, math, and the essay. The new test includes evidence-based reading and writing — including a writing and language test and a reading test — math, and an optional essay.
  • Essay: Previously, the essay portion was a required component provided at the beginning of the test, and had 25 minutes to write their position on a given issue. Now, it will be an optional portion with post-secondary institutions determining whether or not they require it for admission. The essay portion will be 50 minutes and the student will receive it at the end of the SAT to write their analysis of a source text.
  • Scoring: Previous SAT scores ranged between 600 and 2400, with critical reading, math, and writing all having individual ranges of 200 to 800 each. Essay results were scaled to multiple-choice writing. The new scores range from 400 to 1600. Math and evidence-based writing and reading each have 200 to 800 ranges, and the essay results are reported separately with a 2 to 8 on each of the three dimensions.

The new SAT will put a greater focus on knowledge, skill, and understandings, as well as the meaning of words in extended contexts. The SAT will also feature scoring for right answers only and there will be no penalty allotted for guessing an answer.

At Tutor Doctor of Tulsa, we understand the new SAT and how important it is to study and prepare carefully. Our team is here to help your student understand the new SAT and plan accordingly.

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