SAT Redesign and New Format 2016

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:44 -- Umar Farooq

SAT Redesign

You will be amazed to know that the SAT is undergoing its biggest change in 30 years. The College Board stated that “We are trying to make the SAT more relevant to high school curriculum. The SAT redesign version is expected to debut in March of 2016. The SAT changes and new SAT format 2016 will impact on those students who are in the class of 2017. Below I will discuss the impacts of new SAT version and SAT changes in details.

Redesigned SAT more friendly for some students because:

  • No penalty will be for wrong answers, so students no more need to worry about losing points for guessing incorrectly.
  • In new sat format 2016 there will be only FOUR choices instead of FIVE.
  • Students may be more familiar with the vocabulary tested, but they will need to know different definitions of those words.

SAT Changes may become more challenging for some pupils because:

  • Questions will require multiple steps to get to an answer.
  • Reading passages will include complex structure and vocabulary.
  • Foundational skills of math in new sat format will be more important.
  • Critical thinking as well as reasoning skills will be compulsory
  • There will be fewer sections on the new sat 2016 test, but they will be of long duration than the current SAT

Have a glance at below chart to understand SAT Changes:

Changes

Current SAT

Redesigned SAT

(Spring 2016)

Sections included

Three Sections Included

  • Mathematics
  • Critical reading
  • Writing Skills

 

Two Sections Included

  • Math
  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

 

Scoring

           Current SAT  (600–2400)

             New SAT (400–1600)

Duration of SAT Test

3 Hours and 45 Minutes

3 Hours (Without Essay)
Three Hours and 45 minutes (Including Essay)

Choices For Answer

Five Choices Per Question

Four Choices Per Question

Penalty  For Wrong Answer

For each wrong answer  1/4 point off on MCQs

No penalty for wrong answers

(Student can make guess)

Test Format

Written Test (Paper and Pencil only)

A computer-based option available

Reading & Writing

2 sections included:

  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Skills

 

Questions of Sentence Completion to test vocabulary

 

Random topics selected for passage-based questions

There will be Two tests:

  • Reading Test
  • Writing & Language Test

Sentence completions vocabulary test not required

 

Passages will be draw from scientific  or significant historical documents

Mathematics

It Covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I
  • Some Algebra II
  • Geometry

 

Focuses will on:

 

  • Application-based and multi-step questions
  • Trigonometry will included
  • 1 four points “extended-thinking” grid-in question
  • Core math competencies (translating English into math and math into English)
  • Basic mathematical principles like  building equations

 

Calculators

Allowed in every math section

Calculators will only permitted in the longer of the 2 math sections

The Essay

Required first section of the test 
(25 minutes)

Students required to provide their own opinion with supporting evidence

The essay will optional
(50 minutes)

A significant passage of 600–700 words will be provided to participants and they need to analyze how the author built their argument

SAT Structure Old and New

The overall the time of the test is not changed but some section will be needed a speedier pace.

SAT Redesign

Current SAT

 

All Time (Min)

No. of Questions

 

All Time (Min)

No. of Questions

Reading

65

52

Critical Reading

70

67

Writing and Language

35

44

Writing

60

49

Maht

80

57

Mathematics

70

54

Total Marks

180

153

Total Marks

200

170

Essay (Optional)

50

1

Essay

25

1

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