The New SAT
There is a new SAT on the horizon. The redesigned SAT will be available in the spring of 2016. The purpose is to better prepare students for college-level work. No matter when your high school student will take the exam, it is important for him or her to be ready.
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A quick overview of the changes for the new SAT is as below:
- Students will take the new SAT either via a written test or on the computer.
- The test time will be three hours with 50 minutes for the essay.
- The essay is optional but highly recommended. Completing the essay may be the deciding factor for acceptance at a particular college.
- The scoring will be on a 400-1600 scale.
- Students will interpret relevant vocabulary in a passage rather than ambiguous words.
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing – students will select a quote from a passage to substantiate their answers
- Essay Analyzing a Source
- Math Focused on Three Key Areas
- Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts
- Analysis in Science and in Social Studies
- Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation
- No Penalty for Wrong Answers
You will want to read about the changes in depth on the College Board website.
Have your high school student stay focused on the current SAT exams until it is time to prepare for the new SAT. There are numerous resources to aid in studying for the exam. The College Board has aligned itself with the Khan Academy, which is providing free practice materials.
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