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The Brand New SAT

From Spring 2016, we will see an all new SAT! Why exactly is College Board making changes to a set system, a system that students had grown with and into and one that trainers were more than comfortable with? Many reasons have been put forward by the College Board and others assumed by those associated with the SAT in some capacity. But in sum, the Redesigned SAT aims to mainly focus on increasing the College readiness of candidates, to check students on particular skills essential for College.

The major change is that the Essay will be optional which in turn makes the score out of 1600 and if attempted, the Essay will be scored from 2 to 8.Kindly go through the following tables.

Major Features

Comparison of the Major Features: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Category Current SAT Redesigned SAT
Total Testing Time*

*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research

3 hours and 45 minutes 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
Components
  1. Critical Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Essay
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
  3. Essay (optional)
Important Features
  • Emphasis on general reasoning skills
  • Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
  • Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
  • Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
Essay
  • Required and given at the beginning of the SAT
  • 25 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue
  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
  • 50 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
Score Reporting*

*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research

  • Scale ranging from 600 to 2400
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing
  • Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately
Subscore Reporting None Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors

Length and Timing

Comparison of Test Length and Timing: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Current SAT Redesigned SAT
Component Time
Allotted (minutes)
Number of
Question/
Tasks
Component Time
Allotted
(minutes)
Number of
Questions/
Tasks
Critical Reading 70 67 Reading 65 52
Writing 60 49 Writing and Language 35 44
Essay 25 1 Essay (optional) 50 1
Mathematics 70 54 Math 80 58
Total 225 171 Total 180 (230 with Essay) 154 (155 with Essay)

Score Components

Comparison of Score Components: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Component Current SAT Redesigned SAT
Total Score 0 1
Section Scores 2 2
Test Scores N/A 3 plus Essay scores
Cross-Test Scores N/A 2
Subscores N/A 7

Courtesy: https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign/compare-tests

This article is written for informative purpose and is not a commentary on the New SAT.

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