Starting this March, all High School Juniors will take an updated SAT test format. The New SAT will be a lot more like the ACT in that it will test school skills more and rely less on “testing tricks.” Shown below is a summary of key differences students can expect. Although the Essay is no longer mandatory, CEF recommends you take it to enhance your chances of acceptance to UC schools.
If you are interested in taking an SAT Prep Class, CEF offers courses through Princeton Review and Revolution Prep at a special discount for both in-person and on-line classes.
For more details, visit https://www.copticedu.org/sat-act-preparation/.
|The major differences are highlighted in red|
|Old SAT||New SAT|
|When can you take it?||January 2016 or Before||March 2016 or After|
|Which classes can use it for college?||High School Class of 2016, 2017||Class of 2017, 2018+|
|Lowest and Highest Score Possible||600-2400||400-1600|
|Median Score (a satisfactory score)||1500||1000|
|75th Percentile Score (a good score)||1720||1150|
|25th Percentile Score (a bad score)||1270||850|
|Time||3 hour 45 minutes||3 hours 50 minutes|
|Sections||Reading, Writing (Mandatory Essay), Math||Reading and Writing (together), Math, Optional Essay|
|Guessing Penalty||1/4 point off for wrong answers||No guessing penalty (but this doesn’t matter much)|
|Format||Pencil and Paper Only||Pencil and Paper OR Computer|
|Math Change Highlights||Geometry and shapes||Data interpretation and graphs|
|Reading Change Highlights||Memorizing vocab, sentence completion||Evidence support, data reasoning|
|Writing Change Highlights||Individual sentences and grammatical rules||Passage-based questions|
|Essay Changes||25 minutes, answer to a theoretical prompt||50 minutes, analyze another essay|