Changes that you must know to crack the New SAT.

Differences and Similarities between the New and the Old SAT.


The new SAT (2016) is changing drastically from the old SAT. In terms of content, no other SAT changes in the past few decades have been this dramatic. If you’re familiar with the old SAT, here’s what you must know to understand and do well on the new SAT.

Below is a summary of differences between the New and Old SAT.

When can you take it?Before March 2016After March 2016
Which classes can use it for college?Class of 2016, 2017Class of 2017, 2018+
Lowest and Highest Score Possible600-2400400-1600
Median Score (a satisfactory score)15001000
75th Percentile Score (a good score)17201150
25th Percentile Score (a bad score)1270850
Time3 hour 45 minutes3 hours 50 minutes
SectionsReading, Writing, Math, EssayReading and Writing, Math, Essay (optional)
Guessing Penalty1/4 point off for wrong answersNo penalty for wrong answers
FormatPaper basedPaper based OR Computer based
Math Change HighlightsGeometry and shapesData interpretation graphs, Trignometry, Algebra II
Reading Change HighlightsMemorizing vocab, sentence completionEvidence support, data reasoning
Writing Change HighlightsIndividual sentences and grammatical rulesPassage-based questions. 
Essay Changes25 minutes, answer to a theoretical prompt50 minutes, analyze another essay

As you can see that there i no penalty for guessing, there are less questions but the level of difficulty of questions has gone up.

The SAT is getting closer to the ACT.

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