The SAT is Changing
The College Board has made significant changes to the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT in an effort to better align the tests with high school curricula and the skills necessary for college and career readiness. The revised PSAT/NMSQT will launch in October 2015 and the SAT in March 2016. The redesign affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed and scored.
Features of the redesigned SAT include:
- An optional essay
- Fewer multiple choice questions
- No penalty for incorrect answers
- A 1600-point scale
There will be an increased emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis. The test is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is based on what students are already learning in class.
MCPS has been working closely with the College Board, principals, school staff, and other partners to ensure that schools are prepared for these changes.
The College Board has launched a partnership with the Khan Academy to provide free, personalized SAT practice for all students. Students can set up free accounts on Khan Academy’s website where they will have access to—
- four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips;
- thousands of practice questions, video lessons and hints;
- diagnostic quizzes to pinpoint areas for practice; and
- feedback from instructors.
Schools will begin helping students register for the Khan Academy and these new tests this fall. While the SAT is a globally recognized college entrance exam, students do have other options, including the ACT and the ACCUPLACER.
For more information about the redesign, the Khan Academy partnership, and resources for students and parents, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.