New SAT vs Old SAT: What’s the difference?
There have been some major changes in the SAT of late. Here’s a breakthrough of how the new paper’s going to look like.
SAT May 2016 Onwards
The College Board made content, format, and scoring changes to the SAT in 2016. The redesigned SAT test prioritizes content that reflects the kind of reading and math students will encounter in college and their future work lives. This would be first administered worldwide in May 2016 however the initial administration was carried out in March 2016 only in the USA.
Old SAT vs. New SAT (2016)
|Old SAT||New SAT|
|Scoring||600 – 2400||400 – 1600
Sub score and Cross-test Scores available
|Timing||3 Hours 45 Minutes||3 Hours (+50 minutes’ optional essay)|
|Sections|| Critical Reading: 200-800
Essay (included in Writing score)
|Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200-800
Optional Essay (separately scored)
|Guessing Penalty||1/4 the Negative marking||No Negative Marking|
|Format||Available in print||Available in print or on computer|
New SAT Structure
|Evidence-Based Reading and Writing||Math|
|Sections||65-minute Reading section
35-minute Writing and Language section
|25-minute No Calculator section
55-minute Calculator section
|Questions|| 52 Questions (Reading)
44 Questions (Writing and Language)
|20 Questions (No Calculator)
38 Questions (Calculator)
Highlights of Each section
Here’s a rough sketch of what to expect on the new test.
- Evidence-based Reading & Writing
The English section has been clubbed into one that would comprise of the comprehension as well as the grammar based questions. No more sentence completions and focus will be on multiple-meaning words. Passages will draw from significant historical or scientific documents – may include informational graphics, such as charts, also known as questions with supplements. The reading passages will include complex structure and vocabulary. The grammar or the writing part of the section would not have direct error identification questions rather it would be passage-based grammar – including punctuation. The writing section will also have at least one question with supplement.
The other part of the test will be the quantitative aptitude/math section. More focus 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 the theories behind mathematical principles, such as building equations. The 2 sections are categorized as CALCULATOR AND NON-CALCULATOR sections where the former is of longer duration.
The essay is optional (50 minutes, timed). Students will be provided a substantial passage (600–700 words) and will then be asked to analyze how the author built their argument; students will need to understand the techniques authors used to write persuasively.