The last time there were major changes to the famous national standardized exam, the SAT, was in 2005. That test is now officially a lame duck, as the new SAT will roll out next year.
Here’s what you need to know about the new SAT in order to begin preparing your students during the school year.
Fact 1 – Reading and Writing questions will now be evidence-based
Gone are the days of strategies to fill in the most bubbles. Reading and Writing sections will challenge students to prove their answers with evidence from texts.
Fact 2 – The essay is graded separately and is now optional
The essay that was introduced in the new test in 2005 will still be there, only it will be optional.
Fact 3 – Calculators will no longer be allowed
The math problems will be solvable without calculators.
Fact 4 – Vocabulary words will be tested in context
There won’t be fill-in-the-blank sentences, rather students will have to synthesize vocabulary in the context of reading and writing passages.
Fact 5 – Practice tests will be free
All students will be able to access practice exams at no cost.
Fact 6 – 1600 is a perfect score
In 2005 the test changed from 1600 to 2400. This new version brings the scoring back to the classic 1600 score.
In the last decade, the ACT has grown in popularity and has become the test of choice for many schools and colleges. The SAT is hoping to revive its relevancy with this new exam that fits more with how students are learning in schools today.
What are your thoughts on the SAT and its changes?