WIHI held PSAT/SAT info session for teachers and parents on Jan. 11, 2017 in advance of April 2016 testing. Click here for information from the sessions.
This test launches in March, 2016, so any “official” SAT and PSAT tests will be modeled after the old exam until the aforementioned date.
The new SAT will be graded on a 1600 point scale (it was out of 2400 last year), with 800 given for math and 800 given for reading and writing. The essay does not factor into the composite score and is graded separately.
There will be fewer questions than usual, since there is an increased focus on content/evidence/analysis
Test is multiple choice (save for the grid-in), with 4 options per question
Beware of old SAT prep books! They will be unhelpful and focus on erroneous material (like SAT words). Make sure you know the date of copyright on your prep book!
Here is a neat chart comparing ACT skills with skills featured on the new SAT
Here is a nifty infographic comparing the old SAT vs the new SAT
This section is more based on conceptual knowledge, rather than exact answers. Real-world and word problems will occur far more often than they did on the “old” SAT. Additionally, there is now a section in which the student will be asked to compute math problems without the use of the calculator. This section is broader and will be the trickiest section of the test for most students. Deep knowledge of trigonometry and planar geometry is required to excel on the math section of the new SAT. Also, the “grid-in” answers return to the SAT after years of absence.
65 minutes for Reading
35 minutes for Language Writing
55 minutes for Mathwith a calculator
25 minutes for Math without a calculator
50 minutes for Essay (optional)
TOTAL: 3 hours (3 hours, 50 minutes with the essay)
Reading & English
This section has also been updated and includes less vocabulary than past tests have. The College Board has changed this section of the SAT to model the ACT English test. The passages that students are required to read and analyze are much tougher, as opposed to last year’s test and they are more focused on the “why” than the “what.” There will be NO sentence completions on this iteration of the SAT. The essay is changing as well, as it will be graded on a more harsh scale. Furthermore, the max score on the essay will be 12: 4 for reading, 4 for writing, and 4 for analysis.
Average Test Scores by College
Visit the below link for an awesome chart showcasing information about average test scores to achieve your desired educational institution: