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All You Need to Know About The Changes In SAT

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How does the new format compare to the old format?

Aspect Previous SAT New SAT
Time 3 hours of testing, plus two breaks 3 hours and 45 minutes of testing, plus three breaks
Math Two 30-minute sections, one 15-minute section Two 25-minute sections, one 20-minute section
Verbal / Critical Reading Two 30-minute sections, one 15-minute section Two 25-minute sections, one 20-minute section
Writing Does not exist One 25-minute essay section, one 25-minute multiple choice section, and one 10-minute multiple choice section
Experimental One 30-minute section One 25-minute section

How is the new test scored?
Math, Critical Reading, and Writing are now scored on a scale of 200 to 800. The highest possible combined score has changed from 1600 to 2400.

How did the Math sections change?
Eliminated: Quantitative comparisons
Retained: Multiple-choice questions, student-produced responses, Algebra I and Geometry content

Added: Algebra II content

How did the Verbal sections change?
Renamed: Previous “Verbal” sections are now called “Critical Reading”
Eliminated: Analogies

Retained: Sentence completions and long reading passages

Added: Short reading passages

What do the Writing sections contain?
A 25-minute essay scored on organization, development of ideas, and language usage and three types of multiple-choice questions. The latter tests grammar and conventions of standard written English: identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs.

For more information, visit The College Board Online

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