According to the College Board, 463,000 students took the new SAT format on March 5th, 2016. Now the wait for all of them is over as the results for the revamped test are finally out.
And there is good news for the students. Initial reports suggest that they have done better in the exam than it was anticipated. It should bring a smile to many faces because there was a general belief that the new SAT would be trickier than the old one.
What the new SAT is all about?
Since it was first introduced in 1926, the SAT has changed format a few times. But experts believe, this year it was probably as crucial for the students as it was for the College Board. That’s because more colleges than ever before had gone SAT optional and ACT was gaining in prominence.
So in many ways the changes were bound to come and they did on March 5th. Interestingly the test takers responded calmly to the changes and if the initial reports on the results are anything to go by then have fared well on the test too.
Major changes in the new SAT
- The Writing test, which was made optional involved analyzing evidence while in the Reading section, test takers had to give a citation of evidence.
- Vocabulary words were changed to ensure that obscure language also known as SAT words were eliminated. Math questions revolved around algebra, problem solving and data analysis, and passport to advanced Math.
- While one quarter of a point was deducted for an incorrect answer on multiple choice questions earlier, there were no deductions on the new SAT.
- The point scale went back from 2400 to 1600, which is what it was till up to 2005. Those taking the writing test are given a separate score for it.
How to read your SAT score
The reported scores now include subscores and cross-test scores. More scores highlight your strengths better and give colleges a clearer picture of your merits. For those who took the new SAT on 5th of March, this is what your scores read like.
- Total Score – Sum of two section scores – between 400 and 1600.
- Section scores (2) – Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math – between 200 and 800.
- Test Scores (3) – Reading, Writing and Language, Math – between 10 and 40.
- SAT Essay Scores (3) – Reading, Analysis And Writing – between 2 and 8.
Your SAT report also reveals your two Cross Test Scores (scale 10-40) and seven Subscores (scale 1-15)
On May 9th, the College Board also released the score converter for those who have taken the new SAT. You can now compare your scores with the old SAT and ACT scores.
Unfortunately, for those who took the test on May 7th, the wait is a bit longer. Your test results are expected to be revealed on June 14th.
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