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.
- Time limit of 64 minute.
- 52 multiple choice questions
- Increased emphasis on vocabulary in context; command of evidence; constructing logical arguments; scientific reasoning.
- 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.