How the SAT is Changing

on March 21, 2016

Taking the SAT is a milestone in the lives of many high school students. Well, that milestone has just changed. The College Board has given the SAT a huge makeover for the first time in over a decade.

These changes will level the playing field for all test-takers and better reflect the Common Core curriculum. But, these major changes are leaving many students with questions, and we’re here to help with that.

The biggest question on most students’ minds is about what exactly is changing. And the answer to that question is a lot. But, the intentions behind these changes are to help test takers do the best that they can on the SAT. The revamped test will be about 45 minutes shorter than it was previously, with a new high score of 1600, instead of 2400. The College Board has removed the penalty for wrong answers, obscure vocabulary sections, and the mandatory writing section.

However, some of these changes might pose a challenge for some test takers. The most significant modification to the SAT involves the test’s reading section. Sentence completion was a common section in the old SAT. That has now been swapped out for longer, more difficult reading passages, from literary sources such as Moby Dick or Ethan Frome. The more comprehensive reading sections have made their way into the math portion of the SAT as well, which will now include more word problems. The math section of the test is now estimated to be 50 percent reading comprehension. While these modifications may seem intimidating to some students, the goal is for test takers to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses, which will ultimately benefit them as college students.

Now, what do these changes mean for the average student? Maybe nothing – check with your school to see if it prepares students for the ACT or the SAT. And if it is, in fact, the SAT, it may be time to reconsider how you prepare for the test.

Don’t forget – Cappex is doing its part to help make the transition to the new SAT as seamless as possible! Soon, you will see the new SAT incorporated throughout the site. Our scattergram and What Are My Chances Calculator will start to use the new SAT score, plus you will soon be able to input your new PSAT and SAT scores on your profiles.

But despite the changes, just remember to relax and study hard, and you should do just fine!

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