It’s getting good reviews. On March 5, 2016, the College Board released a new version of the SAT. Here are some of the changes that are getting an A+:
- Obscure vocabulary words are being traded in for more real-world analysis of more widely known words. Students must demonstrate meaning through content.
- Students are no longer penalized for guessing.
- Students have reported it to be more straightforward and less tricky.
- Math is more algebra and problem solving, but the use of a calculator is limited to certain questions.
- There is less memorizing of math formulas. A student needs to understand basic algebra and have the ability to work through a problem to be successful.
- There are fewer questions: 154 with an essay vs. 171.
- Students have a choice to write the essay.
- A perfect score is 1600 with a separate score for the essay.
The College Board restricted the new SAT initial use. Only those applying for college, scholarships, financial aid and other programs requiring the test score could take it in March. People who didn’t fall into these groups can reschedule to take the test in May.
Keep in mind, the test continues to assess reading, writing and mathematics. However, with fewer overall questions, there is more time for students to focus on an individual question in one of these areas.
The next administration of the new SAT will be on May 7th. The registration deadline is April 8th. If this date doesn’t work for you, you can find out other SAT dates through the College Board website.
Do you need practice? There’s an app for that! Get a question a day to keep on top of your skills. And it’s free! The College Board also has other tools and resources for doing the best you can. Visit their website to “Meet the New SAT!”
For the class of 2017 or younger, who would like a more in-depth, but brief, review of the newest version of the SAT, visit The Princeton Review.
If you took the March debut version, and would like to give your feedback, feel free to comment. I’d love to hear about your experience.