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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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