The Newly Revised SAT (SAT-R)
Starting in March 2016, there will be major changes coming to the SAT leaving many students, mostly current juniors, wondering how this change will impact them.
So, what is changing, exactly?
- They are dropping the entire Writing section, formerly worth 800 points. Now, a perfect score on the SAT will be 1600, based on Critical Reading and Math, and not 2400, which included the Writing section.
- There will be an optional essay, similar to the ACT. (Once you know which test works better for you, the SAT or ACT, make sure to take at least one version with the optional essay.) Some colleges may no longer require the essay but students should keep your options open.
- Students will no longer lose points for wrong answers, thus eliminating the penalty for guessing. This is similar to the way the ACT scores.
- The vocabulary words will change so that they are words that most well-read students would have a chance of encountering.
- Colleges who have finalized their plans have told us they will take both versions of the SAT for the Class of 2017.
STRATEGY– The source with the most accurate and free material for the new SAT/PSAT is available on KhanAcademy.com. The interactive video prep site, Eprep.com, has already updated its PSAT prep program and should have its SAT program ready soon. However, none of it has been tested and proven yet (see link below).
Many professional SAT and ACT tutors with whom we have consulted suggest that juniors (Class of 2017) may want to focus most of their energy and efforts on the current version of the SAT this fall and take the test in either December or January since the new SAT has too many unknowns this year and too little test prep material available. The PSAT results should be available in December and will have a link to Khan Academy to help them prepare for the revised SAT.
Juniors can also study for the ACT, which will be offered at CSD in March. Our test prep class follows the current timeline: focus on the old SAT in the fall, the ACT in the early spring and college essays in late spring.
See below for additional resources:
College Board website
Online Test Prep resources
Junior Year Test Dates for the Class of 2017
|ACT||Current SAT||Redesigned SAT (SAT-R)|
|October 14, 2015
(At CSD – no registration required)
|December 12, 2015
February 6, 2016
April 9, 2016
June 11, 2016
|December 5, 2015
January 23, 2016
|March 5, 2016
May 7, 2016
June 4, 2016