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May 7, 2014

The New SAT – Coming Spring of 2016

Diane Kummer

If your teen is college bound, most likely he will take either the ACT or SAT college entrance test. Recently, the College Board announced the SAT test is undergoing a revision and the new version of the test will debut in spring 2016. What changes can you expect on the revised SAT?

Although the test revision is still in progress, here are a few changes that have been announced:

       1. The written essay section of the test will become optional beginning in the spring of 2016.(Currently, the written essay is mandatory). Some colleges may still require the essay.

       2. No penalty for wrong answers (the current test penalizes a student ¼ point for each wrong answer).

       3. A calculator will be allowed on only one of the two math sections.

       4. Multiple choice questions will have 4 options for answers (the current test offers 5 answer options for each question).

Other changes involving the content of each section of the revised SAT may be found on the College Board website.

Students graduating in 2014 and 2015 will take the current SAT. The College Board states that test prep materials for the new SAT will be available beginning in the spring of 2015, with the first students taking the revised test in spring 2016. See the College Board website for further details as the process of redesigning the SAT takes place. 


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