Comparison of Old sat and Redesigned sat



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  • Source: AVID Coordinator’s Training on February 6, 2014 by Study Smart Tutors http://studysmarttutors.com/
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Comparison of Old SAT and Redesigned SAT

  • 3 Hours, 45 Minutes
  • 3 Hours*
  • 50 Minutes for Optional Essay
  • Components
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing + Essay
  • Mathematics
  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
    • Reading
    • Writing & Language
  • Math
  • Essay (Optional)
  • Old SAT
  • Redesigned SAT

Comparison of Old SAT and Redesigned SAT

  • Reasoning + strong focus on knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
  • Important Features
  • Old SAT
  • Redesigned SAT
  • Emphasis on general reasoning skills
  • Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
  • Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

Comparison of Old SAT and Redesigned SAT

  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT
    • 50 minutes to write the essay
    • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
  • Essay
  • Old SAT
  • Redesigned SAT
  • Required and given at the beginning of the SAT
    • 25 minutes to write the essay
    • Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue

Comparison of Old SAT and Redesigned SAT

  • 600-2400 Scale
    • Critical Reading (800)
    • Mathematics (800)
    • Writing (800)
  • 400-1600 Scale
    • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (800)
    • Math (800)
    • Essay score
  • Scoring
  • Insight Scores
  • Multiple Insight Scores
  • Old SAT
  • Redesigned SAT

8 Key Changes to the SAT

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • Students will need to:
  • Interpret meaning based on context
  • Master relevant vocabulary
  • Engage in close reading

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • Students will be asked to:
  • Interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources
  • Support the answers they choose
  • Integrate information conveyed through both reading passages and informational graphics

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • The redesigned essay will:
  • More closely mirror college writing assignments
  • Cultivate close reading, careful analysis, and clear writing
  • Promote the practice of reading a wide variety of arguments and analyzing an author’s work

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • Current research shows that three key areas most contribute to readiness for college and career training:
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis (quantitative literacy)
  • Heart of Algebra (mastery of linear equations)
  • Passport to Advanced Math (familiarity with more complex equations)

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • Students will engage with questions that:
  • Directly relate to the work performed in college and career
  • Include charts, graphs, and passages likely to be encountered in science, social science, and other majors and careers
  • Feature multistep applications to solve problems in science, social science, career scenarios, and other real-life contexts

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • Students will apply their reading, writing, language, and math skills to answer questions in science, history, and social studies contexts.

8 Key Changes to the SAT

  • The redesigned SAT will include one of the following:
  • An excerpt from one of the Founding Documents
  • A text from the ongoing Great Global Conversation about freedom, justice, and human dignity
  • No prior knowledge of the text will be required.

SAT Changes Effective March 2016

  • The overall score will return to 1600
  • The essay will be optional
  • Vocabulary will come form words used in college courses
  • Reading passages will come from on of the nation’s founding documents
  • Administration format will be available in both paper and digital formats

SAT or ACT

  • SAT is tricky, but not conceptually advanced
  • ACT is difficult but straight forward
  • Student will do better on one or the other. The only way to know is to take both.
  • Waivers for both test are available to those who qualify

How many times should students take the SAT?

  • Almost every college will combine a student’s best scores regardless of test date
  • A new policy called “Score Choice” allows students to completely omit an entire test from their records
  • Students have nothing to lose by taking the SAT multiple times (except the cost of the tests)

When Should You Guess on SAT Questions?

  • Generally speaking, if you can eliminate at least one of five multiple choice answers, you should guess
  • No penalty for wrong answers!

Example

  • Question: What is the capital of North Dakota?
  • Testing Tip: By eliminating wrong answers, you can improve your success rate with guessing.
  • (A) Billings
  • (B) Dallas (this is obviously in Texas)
  • (C) Bismarck
  • (D) Fargo
  • (E) Boston (this is obviously in Massachusetts)
  • Now that you’ve narrowed the question down to only three answer choices, it benefits you to guess.

UC Application Data Fall 2015

  • Campus
  • Admit Rate
  • Average G.P.A.
  • Average ACT Score
  • Berkely
  • 19%
  • 4.19
  • 31
  • 2094
  • Davis
  • 33%
  • 4.07
  • 29
  • 1924
  • Irvine
  • 33%
  • 4.04
  • 28
  • 1878
  • Los Angeles
  • 16%
  • 4.18
  • 31
  • 2064
  • Merced
  • 66%
  • 3.67
  • 24
  • 1616
  • Riverside
  • 57%
  • 3.78
  • 26
  • 1746
  • San Diego
  • 30%
  • 4.13
  • 30
  • 2035
  • Santa Barbara
  • 34%
  • 4.05
  • 29
  • 1937
  • Santa Cruz
  • 46%
  • 3.88
  • 27
  • 1828
  • Application Fee is $70.00

Cal State Application Data Fall 2015

  • Campus
  • Admit Rate
  • Average G.P.A.
  • Average ACT Score
  • Average SAT Score
  • Bakersfield
  • 62%
  • 3.2
  • 16.21
  • X
  • Channel Islands
  • X
  • 3.19
  • 21
  • 994
  • Chico
  • 79%
  • 3.21
  • 21
  • 1013
  • Dominguez Hills
  • 80%
  • 3.0
  • 17
  • 851
  • East Bay
  • 68%
  • 3.1
  • 19
  • 1366
  • Fresno
  • 60%
  • 3.33
  • 17-22
  • 929
  • Fullerton
  • 44%
  • 3.48
  • 21
  • 1018
  • Humboldt
  • 75%
  • 3.2
  • 23
  • 1000
  • Long Beach
  • 31%
  • 3.43
  • 18-24
  • X
  • Los Angeles
  • 68%
  • 3.14
  • 18
  • 880
  • Maritime Academy
  • 61%
  • 3.36
  • 21-27
  • 990-1210
  • Monterey Bay
  • 44%
  • 3.2
  • 18-24
  • X
  • Application Fee is $55.00

Cal State Application Data Fall 2015 Continued

  • Campus
  • Admit Rate
  • Average G.P.A.
  • Average ACT Score
  • Average SAT Score
  • Northridge
  • 75%
  • 3.09
  • 19
  • 926
  • Pomona
  • 53%
  • 3.43
  • 23
  • 995
  • Sacramento
  • 71%
  • 3.25
  • 17-23
  • 985
  • 83%
  • 3.22
  • 16-20
  • 894
  • San Diego
  • 37%
  • 3.6
  • 22-26
  • 1103
  • San Francisco
  • 64%
  • 3.14
  • 21
  • 997
  • San Jose
  • 76%
  • 3.28
  • X
  • X
  • San Luis Obispo
  • 31%
  • 3.88
  • 27
  • 1244
  • San Marcos
  • 67%
  • 3.18
  • X
  • X
  • Sonoma
  • 80%
  • 3.2
  • 19-24
  • 450-560
  • Stanislaus
  • 93%
  • 3.2
  • 20
  • 949
  • Application Fee is $55.00

Every Little Bit Helps

  • How many points on the SAT do you think make the difference between a student being accepted or rejected from a given university?
  • The Wall Street Journal found that 30 points is all it takes to differentiate certain students from the competition
  • 30 points is 2-4 questions!

Process of Elimination

  • Every multiple choice question on the SAT has four wrong answers and only one correct answer.
  • By eliminating the wrong answers, you will be left with less answer choices to make an educated guess from.
  • Remember, you may write on your test booklet.

Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry

  • Every question is worth the same amount
  • There are approximately 1/3 easy questions, 1/3 medium questions, and 1/3 hard questions
  • Spend time on easy and medium questions and leave hard questions blank

The SAT and Family Income

Order of Difficulty

  • Some sections get increasingly difficult as you move to the end of the section.
  • Other sections have challenging and easy problems mixed throughout
  • Always answer the easy questions for easy points


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