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Welcome!

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  • Your Student
  • The Transition Year
  • PSAT & SAT Overhaul

Updated ACT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • No changes to 1-36 scoring
  • New scores reported
  • ELA
  • STEM
  • Career Readiness
  • Text Complexity
  • Scoring
  • Math
  • Reading
  • More probability & statistics
  • New paired passages

Updated ACT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • Essay
  • Now requires analysis of 3 different perspectives
  • More scores provided
  • Ideas and analysis
  • Development and support
  • Organization
  • Language use

New SAT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • Timing
  • Scoring
  • Now scored on a scale of 1600
  • New optional Essay scored separately
  • No more guessing penalty
  • 3 hours + 50 minutes with Optional Essay
  • Structure
  • Evidence-based Reading & Writing
  • Math
  • Optional Essay

Scoring Details

  • Test & Cross-Test Scores
  • 3 Test Scores: Math, Reading, and Writing & Language
  • 2 Cross-Test Scores: Science, History/Social Studies
  • Range of 10 - 40
  • Area Score
  • Math
  • Range of 200 - 800
  • Area Score
  • Evidence-Based Reading + Writing
  • Range of 200 - 800
  • Composite Score
  • Sum of the two Area Scores
  • Range of 400 - 1600

New SAT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • Reading and Writing combined into new Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Area
  • Passage topics include US and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences
  • Reading details:
  • Writing and Language details:
      • Evidence-based
      • Reading & Writing
  • 35 minutes
  • 500 - 750 word passages
  • 400 - 500 word passages

New SAT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • Three areas of concentrated focus:
  • Problem solving and data analysis
  • “The Heart of Algebra”
  • “Passport to Advanced Math”
  • New enhanced grid-in (Item sets)
  • Multi-step student constructed response question
  • 80 minutes
  • 25 minutes without a calculator
  • 55 minutes with a calculator
  • Math

New SAT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • Optional
  • 50 minutes
  • Read & analyze a 650-750 word document
  • Write about how the author builds an argument
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills
  • Essay

PSAT/NMSQT Overview

  • Category
  • Features
  • Now scored on a scale of 320-1520
  • No more guessing penalty
  • 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Timing
  • Structure
  • Scoring
  • Aligned with the New SAT, and almost the same length

PSAT & New SAT Scoring

  • PSAT/NMSQT: 320-1520
  • SAT: 400-1600
  • 300 600 900 1200 1500
  • Composite Score Range

Reading Skills Tested

  • Current SAT
  • New SAT
  • ACT

Math Skills Tested

  • Current SAT
  • New SAT
  • ACT

Writing Skills Tested

  • Current SAT
  • New SAT
  • ACT

New SAT and ACT: 5 Key Differences

  • The New SAT has a greater focus on History & Social Studies passages
  • Both focus on Algebra, but the New SAT has a greater emphasis on Data Analysis & Problem Solving
  • The ACT requires more Science reading
  • The New SAT requires more mental math
  • The New SAT has grid-in questions, and an extended thinking grid-in question
  • What’s the Difference?
  • New SAT?
  • ACT?

The New SAT & College Admissions

  • First New SAT administration
  • 21 days + up to 4 weeks for scores to be available
  • Concordance tables
  • Released in December for the PSAT and May for the SAT
  • New and Old SAT scores
  • Schools will accept both scores for a 3-year transition period

New SAT: To be Determined

  • Will schools “Superscore” the Old & New?
  • Probably not
  • Will schools require the optional Essay?
  • Likely at competitive schools
  • What impact will Test and Cross-Test Scores have on admissions?
  • Depends

Test Change Timeline

  • Mar 2015 June 2015 Sept 2015 Oct 2015 Dec 2015 Jan 2016 Mar 2016
  • ACT: Enhanced Scoring + Writing Test
  • PSAT: New Test Launches
  • SAT:
  • New Test Launches
  • SAT:
  • Last Current Test
  • SAT:
  • 2nd to Last Current Test

Test Options

  • Class of 2017
  • Class of 2018 and Younger
  • Current SAT
  • ACT
  • New SAT
  • Test Paths
  • Student Profile
  • Test Path
  • Early Decision
  • APs and Subject Tests
  • SAT or ACT
  • Regular Decision
  • New SAT or ACT
  • Great Test Taker
  • New SAT, ACT, & Current SAT
  • Pick one

Thank you!

  • Questions,
  • or interested in a practice test?
  • Contact me directly
  • Emily.holland@kaplan.com, 201-803-1449
  • or call 1-800-kaptest
  • For more information, visit kaptest.com/satchange


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