SAT Test

About the SAT

The content on the SAT will be very similar to that which is on the ACT. The major difference is in how the concepts are tested and the steps students will have to take to solve problems correctly. Students will have to reason their way through this exam by tackling problems in a linear and sequential fashion. Your ability to process information quickly will be the key.

Changes You'll Love

 Changes You Won't Love

• No penalty for wrong answers, so you don’t have to worry about losing points for wrong answers (Just    like on the ACT)
• Only 4 answer choices instead of 5 (Just like on the ACT)

• More familiar vocabulary, but you’ll need to know multiple definitions of those words

• Sayonara sentence completions!

• Questions require multiple steps to get an answer
• Reading passages include complex structure and vocabulary
• Foundational math skills are more important
• Reasoning and critical thinking skills are paramount
• You’ll have fewer but longer sections


Are My Scores Here Yet?

If you take the New SAT in March 2016, The College Board will hold scores from the test until after the May 2016 administration. That's a long and likely stressful waiting period for students to get their scores.

How Should I Prep for the SAT?

The SAT is still a timed pencil and paper test. Speed and accuracy count. Our Research and Development team are SAT experts. They have created world class content for our new courses and online resources to help students navigate these changes and be prepared on test day.

For more details on the changes coming in March, click Current/SAT Comparison.

Want advice from our test prep and college entrance experts? Click What Now? to get the most up to date information.

The SAT is undergoing its biggest change in 30 years. The New SAT will make its debut in March 2016 and impact students in the class of 2017 and younger.  Our awesome research team has been closely monitoring the changes to make sure counselors, parents, and students get the inside scoop.  And we have specific tips for the class of 2017

The SAT:  In-depth Details



 The SAT Changes


 2 sections
   • Math
   • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


 Total score (400–1600)
   • 2 section scores (200–800)
   • 3 test scores (10–40)
   • 7 sub-scores (1–15)
   • 2 cross-test scores

(WITHOUT                                                                                                      BREAKS)

 3 hours (without essay) 
 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)


 4 answer choices per question


 No penalty for incorrect answers


 Paper and pencil and a computer-based option


 • Two tests:
      •  Reading Test
      •  Writing and Language Test
 •  No more sentence completions; focus on words with multiple meanings
 • Passages will draw from significant historical or    scientific documents – may include informational  graphics, such as charts
 • The reading passages will include complex structure and  vocabulary
 • Passage-based grammar with punctuation


Focuses on:
 • Application-based, multi-step questions
 • Higher-level math, including trigonometry
 • One set of “extended-thinking” grid-in questions (worth 4 points)
 • Core math competencies (translating math into English and English into math)
 • A deep understanding of mathematical principles, such as building equations


 Calculators are only allowed in the longer of the two math sections


 The essay is optional (50 minutes, timed) 
 Students will be provided a substantial passage (600–700 words)  and will be asked to analyze how the author built his argument
 Students will need to understand the techniques authors use to write  persuasively

Are you taking the ACT or the SAT? Choosing the right test is an extremely important part of the college admissions process. Still not sure which test is best for you? You have some options. 
Start your test prep journey by taking a free practice test for both SAT and ACT. Once you’re done, you can sit down with one of our test counseling experts to understand your scores and decide which test holds your best chance to get into the school you want.


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