Things You Should Know About the New SAT

By: Josh Choi


Some of you may know that the SAT has changed for the 2016 year. There have been changes to the content, format, and scoring. It prioritizes reading and math that students will see in college and in their future.

    According to Ivy Global, the new SAT reading will last 65 minutes with 4 passages and 1 pair of passages. This pair of passages will be shorter than the other passages but they will written by different authors and discussing a similar topic or theme. Each passage will be between 500 and 750 words with an overall 3250 words. There will be 10-11 questions for each passage with 52 questions for the entire section. Also, there are 2 passages related to 1 or 2 graphics that have questions about how they relate to it. The new SAT will not feature any sentence-completion questions from the previous SAT. The passages will be informative, persuasive, and/or narrative.

    The Writing and Language Test will ask you to revise and edit text from a range of content areas. Your job will be to improve passages by making changes to punctuation, sentence order, and changes to words if possible. The Writing Test has 4 passages with 44 multiple choice questions and only 35 minutes to complete; passages will contain 400-450 words in length.

    The SAT Math test will test your ability to solve real-world problems with reasoning and critical-thinking. These two concepts/skills will provide foundation for math that you learn in college and a future career that involves math. It contains two sections with 58 questions in total. The first section will not allow the use of calculators but you only have to answer 20 out of the 58 questions and will have 25 minutes to do so. The second section allows you 55 minutes to answer the rest of the 38 questions with a calculator.

    This new SAT will have three test scores on a scale from 10-40. Area scores range from 200-800, composite scores are from 400-1600 and essay scores are from 1-4. Cross-Test scores for Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies will be based on performance on certain questions across the different tests from specific types of content. There are also seven subscores from particular questions within each test section that will score from 1-15.  Four of the points will be related to particular questions in the Reading and Writing Test: Words in Context, Command of Evidence, Expression of Ideas, and Standard English Conventions. The other three points relate to specific types of questions on the Math Test: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.



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