On March 5, 2014, the College Board announced the details of a massive redesign of the SAT. The updated SAT will feature a number of significant changes designed to focus on a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for college and career readiness. As with past SAT revisions, the PSAT will also be revised. The redesigned PSAT will be administered for the first time in the fall of 2015, providing students with a preview of the changes they can expect on the SAT. The redesigned SAT will be administered starting in the spring of 2016, which means that students in the graduating classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 will not be affected by the changes to the SAT.
|Current SAT (Class of 2014-2016)||New SAT (Class of 2017 and beyond)|
|Scoring||Top score: 2400, 3 sections, 800 points each: Math, Critical Reading, Writing||Top score: 1600, 2 sections, 800 points each: Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing|
|Vocaburary||Focuses on somewhat obscure words; Relies on sentence completion questions to evaluate vocabulary||Focuses on more commonly used words; Vocabulary tested within the context of a passage|
|Reading||Emphasizes comprehension and analysis; Does not often include passages from science or social studies, instead relying on prose||Emphasizes use and analysis of evidence; Will include passages from science, history, and/or social studies
|Math||Includes a wide range of topics; Emphasizes computation Calculator permitted on all questions||Focuses on key areas with modern contexts; Emphasizes problem solving and data analysis; 2 Sections: Calculator Allowed and Calculator Not Allowed
|Essay||Required; Evaluates ability to construct an argument without requiring factual accuracy||Optional; Evaluates ability to analyze and utilize evidence
|Other||¼ point deducted for each incorrect answer; Available only in print||No penalty for incorrect answers; Available digitally and in print|
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