ACT and SAT Information

Information, Practice, and Preparation 

SAT Today - An official SAT webpage that has practice problems, registration information, score information and more. Some quick links to some of the information are below, each one was taken from the SAT's official website.





 

Test Additional Information
SAT http://sat.collegeboard.org/home
ACT http://www.actstudent.org/
SAT http://sat.collegeboard.org/home
SAT Subject Tests https://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests

SAT Changes

Information below about the SAT changes was taken from Kaplan TestPrep: http://www.kaptest.com/College/SAT/sat-test-change.html

  Current SAT
(Class of 2014-2016)  
New SAT
(Class of 2017 and beyond)  
Scoring
  • ¼-point penalty for wrong answers
  • Score is based out of 2400 -- 800 for Math; 800 for Reading Comprehension; and, 800 for Writing
 
  • No wrong-answer penalty
  • Score is based out of 1600 -- 800 for Math; 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Optional essay will receive a separate score
 

Timing

  • 3 hours 45 minutes
 
  • 3 hours; 3 hours 50 minutes with optional essay
 

Administration

  • Only available in print
  • Test focused on broad range of non-essential topics and content
 
  • Available digitally and in print
  • Fewer questions with a greater focus on in-depth analysis of content
 

Essay

  • Essay is required
  • Students have 25 minutes to write a persuasive essay in response to a prompt
  • Accuracy of information not tested
 
  • Essay is optional
  • Students have 50 minutes to analyze document and draft essay
  • Requires students to analyze source documents and explain how the author builds an argument
  • Facts matter
 

Math

  • Focus on wide array of topics
  • More emphasis on computational skills
  • Calculators permitted for all sections
 
  • Focus on 3 topics -- problem-solving and data analysis, "the heart of algebra,” “passport to advanced math"
  • Real-world problem solving including analyzing data, charts, and graphs
  • Calculator not permitted for all math sections
 

Reading and Writing

  • Writing score combines writing multiple-choice questions and written essay score
  • Reading section has two question types: sentence completion and passage-based questions
 
  • Reading and Writing combined into "Evidence-Based Reading and Writing"
  • No Sentence Completions
  • Focus on real-world vocabulary-in-context as well as revising and editing writing in passages
  • Focus on analyzing Literature, Social Studies, and Science passages
  • One passage is a Primary Source from American and/or World History, such as excerpt from The Constitution or Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
 

Reminder: current seniors, juniors and sophomores will not be affected by these changes. These graduating classes should continue preparing for the current iteration of the SAT; however, current freshmen, or the graduating class of 2017, will see the new version of the SAT in the spring of 2016 as juniors.
 

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