SAT REASONING TEST: Big Changes Coming!

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Back in March of 2005, the College Board introduced the current SAT Reasoning Test which includes the now familiar “writing” component. The test grew longer,
the scoring a bit more elaborate. It appears that we’re on the verge of another cyclical change to the test.

Although details about the new test won’t be revealed until next week, we have learned that the changes may involve these three test components:

  1. A change in the way the test is scored (no penalty for wrong answers, like the ACT?)
  2. A science section (akin to the ACT Science Test?)
  3. A move away from critical reasoning questions toward those that are more closely aligned with what is actually taught in high-school classes

Next week, on Wednesday, March 5, the CEO of The College Board, David Coleman, will provide everyone with details and a timeline for implementation (it
won’t happen overnight, rest assured!). He’ll also announce a website,,
a resource for information about the test, so that students and teachers can prepare for the new PSAT rollout in October of 2015, and the new SAT test
format in the spring of the following year, 2016.

Until then, it’s business as usual. Be sure to plan well for your testing! Call us to learn everything you need to know about the current and future SAT.

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