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The Redesigned SAT®

Pencil on a scantronThe first administration of the Redesigned SAT is this March 2016. One of the primary goals in changing the SAT is to make sure it’s highly relevant to the future success of students. The new test will be more focused on the knowledge at the heart of education, and will measure what students learn in high school and what they need to succeed in college. SAT questions will focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research.

The new SAT includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test, and will have a maximum score of 1600. The SAT has an optional essay component, which some colleges will require, and which will have a score range of 6-24.

The eight key changes of the new SAT are below:

  1. Words in Context

  2. Command of Evidence

  3. Essay Analyzing a Source

  4. Math that Matters Most

  5. Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts

  6. Analysis in Science and in History/Social Studies

  7. U.S. Founding Documents and the Great Global Conversation

  8. No Penalty for Guessing


You can read more about these key changes and see sample questions here.

Practice for the SAT

There are a number of opportunities for students to get practice for the new SAT. For the first time ever, the creators of the SAT have given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere.

These tools are free and available now for every student to take ownership of their learning and their future. Students who took the October 2015 PSAT/NMSQT can also share their test scores with Khan Academy and receive personalized world-class SAT practice. You can access these valuable Khan Academy resources here.

As we transition to the new SAT, colleges and universities will update their preferred SAT score range to help applicants as they research schools and build their college list. Visit the dedicated admissions webpage for every college to stay informed on the profile of admitted students.

Jenny CaccavaleJenny Caccavale joined the College Board in 2012 and supports districts in Massachusetts and Vermont in reaching their college and career readiness goals.  Prior to joining the College Board, Jenny was the director of college counseling at a high school in Massachusetts and previously was a Teach for America Corps member in Washington, D.C.


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