Beginning in March of 2016, college-bound high school students will be taking a new generation of SAT tests. College Board redesigned the test in order to measure essential skills for college and career readiness and even out the playing field for all college-bound students. The goal is to measure more of what students actually learned in their high school career and to focus on the Common Core model for its content.

The new SAT will return to the 1600 point scale and drop the essay requirement. It will be focused on math and the language arts, omitting the social sciences, foreign languages, and science altogether. The new test will be more like the ACT in that it will no longer have obscure vocabulary words and will no longer deduct points for wrong answers. College Board is trying to reverse the trend of students choosing to take the ACT instead of the SAT.

Is the new SAT easier or harder? While it may be of value to sample the different tests to see which one seems “easier,” a better way to look at it is that the redesigned SAT will be “different.” These differences mean there will be a higher demand for test prep workshops.

In the math section, the old SAT only tested students on general concepts from Geometry and a small amount of Algebra 2. The new SAT will include Trigonometry and will dive deeper into concepts from Algebra 2 to deepen focus on skills that will be important for college and career success. There will be an increase in algebraic problem solving and data analysis in order to align the test with the Common Core model that has been implemented in most schools. It’s important to note that since reading and writing will be combined into one 800 point category, math will keep its full 800 point category. This means that math will now constitute half of your SAT score instead of one-third.

Some of the changes to the reading section involve “Evidence Support” questions. Questions will come in pairs where the first asks about a passage and the second ask what evidence you used from the passage to decide on your answer. There will also be “Data Reasoning” questions that require you to be able to interpret graphs and charts.

Math Support is READY for the changes and can prepare your child for SUCCESS! Call us at 661-255-1730 to get your child on the path to success.