News on the New SAT Test

Last week, our own Patrica von Trapp attended a College Board training session on what to expect from the brand new SAT in 2016.

Here’s what she discovered.

The highlights are:

  • no penalty for incorrect answers
  • an optional essay of 50 minutes which compared to the current test of 3 hours and 45 minutes, with the optional essay, it will be 3 hours and 50 minutes. The essay will now allow 50 minutes instead of 25.
  • There will be two score sections plus a score for the essay
  • Each scored section will have several sub scores
  • There will be 153 questions (154 if the essay is included) compared to 171 now

The Collegeboard will initiate three School Testing days, whereby a high school can choose to self-administer the SAT.

There are existing tests designed for administering the PSAT to grades 8-10, and the regular (grade 11) PSAT/NMSQT .Each of those tests will have their own unique scoring system. The tests will also be available at regular SAT sites and dates.

The CollegeBoard has partnered with KAHN Academy to help students prepare for the SAT. They say they have designed the test to test Common Core curriculum results as opposed to logical inference and reasoning skills. The Evidence based reading and writing sections will be the most notable change, (that’s my opinion.)

The presentation is available at . Other helpful web sites and

The new test will be administered beginning in the fall of 2015 with the PSAT/NMSQT.

The scores for the SAT will be based on the 200-800 scale with two scores with a maximum of 1600 or if the essay is taken, then the score can be 2400. Grades 8 and 9 will have a different scoring system.

The beta test of the PSAT is available now for those of you who want to try the sample question for yourself. and the test is on .

Hope this is helpful. Learn more about putting together a Game Plan for the college search process by watching our short videos.

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