FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SAT?

The SAT is an exam administered by The College Board to test college and career readiness. It is primarily used for the purpose of gaining Undergraduate admission to foreign college. The SAT is widely considered to be one of the single most important test you take in high school.

Who creates the SAT?

The SAT is created by Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is paid by the College Board to create the exam. Both of these companies are private.

Why did the SAT change in 2016?

According to the College Board, the SAT was revised to better focus on testing the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success.

Will colleges still use the old SAT? For how long?

Although you can use the old sat scores to get an admission this year, there has been no official statement verifying the validity for the old cores for 2017 and 2018.

How has the SAT change in 2016?

Changes to the new 2016 SAT include changes to the format of the exam, scoring scale, and question types. The summary of the new SAT is as follows:

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section with a combined score (Possible score: 200-800)
  • Math section with non-calculator and calculator sections (Possible score: 200-800)
  • An optional essay (Scored separately)
  • Composite score of 400-1600 plus the essay score
  • Different means of testing vocabulary
  • Essay is evidence based rather than persuasive
  • Many content changes on Math
Is the new 2016 SAT harder?

This is a question with no easy answer. It depends on your strengths and weaknesses. The math section of the test is more advanced and counts more heavily toward your overall composite score, and calculators are only available for certain math sections. This will benefit students who are talented in math or who have taken more advanced math classes. Likewise, the evidence based reading and writing section of the test favours the students with strong reading comprehension skills and an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. From College Board’s perspective, the SAT (2016) is more closely aligned with the demands of college and readiness for a career. Students who have done well in all school subjects should benefit from the test changes.

Should I prepare any differently for the new SAT?

Yes and no. Certain tried and true preparation strategies will continue to remain relevant, despite the changing SAT format; for example, memorizing key information (like the instructions to each section, or the different types of grammatical errors tested on the SAT, for example) and taking practice tests will continue to remain an important aspect of your SAT prep. However, there will be changes to certain question types, which will in turn impact how you prepare for the SAT. The biggest example of how you might prepare differently for the new SAT has to do with memorizing, or in fact no longer having to memorize, vocabulary. The new SAT vocabulary will no longer test uncommon words, instead testing more up to date, context-reliant words

Has there been a revision to the SAT Subject Tests as well?

No

What are Experimental sections, and how are they relevant now? How can a student use these as well as we do?

Experimental sections are portions of every SAT that are not counted as a part of your final score. This section is dedicated to trying out new materials. This is one source of information for Test Masters to see what students can expect with the new SAT.