Understanding New SAT

U Understanding the New SAT

As a student, you must understand that the SAT exam tests measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well a student analyses and solves problems. Hence, a SAT test is designed in such a way that only the students who have a good preparation, keen mind and a good command of time and Stress management can ace the paper.

As per March 2016, a redesigned SAT format has been introduced to better assess the students skills that are relevant for future success. According to College Board, the new SAT places larger emphasis on higher-level logical and reasoning skills.

I In short, these are the following change that have been made to the SAT format:
  • The SAT is now scored out of 1600.
  • The Reading and Writing sections have been combined into a single section in the new SAT, with a maximum score of 800. Writing is now known as "Writing and Language."
  • The Math section is still scored out of 800.
  • The Essay is optional and has dramatically changed.
  • Instead of 5 answer choices for each question, there will be only 4.
  • There will be no penalties for wrong answer

Baring these changes in mind. There has been a lot of changes in what comes under different sections too. The Reading and Writing questions are now entirely passage-based, giving more opportunities to test a deeper understanding of how the passage is logically constructed and to draw connections between different parts of the passage. The Math section emphasizes more practical, realistic scenarios and introduces multi-step problems with a greater emphasis on data interpretation and graphs; algebra and solving equations; realistic scenarios as prompts for questions.

This is a break down on what comes in a SAT test.

R Reading
  • Time limit of 64 minute.
  • 52 multiple choice questions
  • Increased emphasis on vocabulary in context; command of evidence; constructing logical arguments; scientific reasoning.
M Maths
  • Time limits of 80 minutes
  • 58 multiple–choice questions and 1 set of “extended-thinking” grid-in questions.
  • Algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry
W Writing and language
  • Time limit of 35 minutes.
  • 44 multiple–choice questions.
  • Grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills.
0 Optional essay
  • 1 essay
  • Time limit 50 minutes
  • Read a passage and explain how the author builds a persuasive argument

It is always recommended to do the essay as some schools require it and even if they don’t, it shows incentive.