SAT Redesign - Know the changes in the test pattern
From March 2016, the most popular international standardised exam for entry into undergraduate courses- SAT- incorporated new elements in its test pattern. According to College Board, the conducting authority of the exam, the changes have been made to make SAT more ‘relevant in the changing times’.
“The test has been redesigned to make it clearer and useful for the students both at the college level and also in their career paths,” says Lisa Jain-India Representative of College Board.
One of the most important elements that has been changed is that the exam will be scored on a total of 1600 while the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math sections will each be scored on a 200 to 800 point scale.
Below are the few other changes effected in SAT
The Essay will be optional
The duration of the exam will be about 3 hours, with an additional 50 minutes for the Essay
No points will be deducted for incorrect answers
Calculators will be permitted only on certain portions of the Math section, and not throughout.
Before we bring you the changes in the redesigned SAT, let us first take a look at the current SAT pattern.
SAT, basically, has two types of tests. They are: SAT Reasoning Test or SAT and SAT Subjects Test. Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based exams that assess a candidate's strength in specific subjects.
The SAT pattern has the following sections:
Writing: This section includes multiple-choice questions as well an essay, which has been optional now.
Critical reading: This section includes reading passages and sentence completions. The questions are multiple choice based questions and seek to evaluate a student's understanding ability.
Mathematics: This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
SAT is taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by most colleges in the USA and some other countries.
Here we have a table comparing the Current SAT with the redesigned one- both in terms of elements and length of the exam.
Comparison of the Major Features: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Total Testing Time*
*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research
3 hours and 45 minutes
3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Writing and Language Test
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)
Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the 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)
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
Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
50 minutes to write the essay
Tests reading, analysis and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research
Scale ranging from 600 to 2400
Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing
Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing
Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
Essay results reported separately
Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators and counselors
Length and Timing
Comparison of Test Length and Timing: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
Writing and Language
Questions related to SAT
What is the total expense for UG course in USA after writing SAT ? Is any scholarship available?
the expenses for UG course in USA depends upon the university for which your going to take admission but still on an average your tuition fee expenses will vary from $10,000 to $30,000 per year, now if it is about living expenses so it will vary from $700 to $1,000 including your all facilities of food, travel, book, room, board, clothing, etc. Now if it is about SAT score so yes there will be good scholarship for you if you are score is very good that means you may consider scholarship if your score lies between 1200 to 1600 which is really a good score now this scholarship vary from University to University.
Best of luck.
How large of a role do SAT scores play in admissions?
It depends on the score cutoff range. College has limited seats for a degree so they put bar in the tent of mark or percentage for admission. They try to select possible number of candidates as per the seat matrix.
In short , entrance exam score is selection criteria for admission into a college. The better you score there is high chance of getting admission.
Hope it helps!
Is an outstanding SAT score alone enough to get into MIT or Stanford University for UG courses?
Farhan, your higher secondary board scores i.e your GPA range and your rank will also greatly contribute to your admission process in along with a good SAT score.
You should check the official website links of the two colleges for more information
Can I take any course after SAT or it depends on my 12th grade subjects ?
Thank you for your query. You can take any course after SAT and it does not depend on the 12th grade subjects you have studied.
All the best
I have done my BDS from Bangalore. Will SAT, IELTs, and TOEFL be of any use for doing my MDS in foreign??
Yes , your mentioned exams SAT, TOFEL, IELTS will be helpful for getting into foreign universities for MDS , almost all Universities in maximum countries require one English language proficiency test which may be either TOFEL or IELTS , now it's your choice which one you will go for and now if it is about SAT so in such it is not mandatory but majority of University accept your admission through SAT exam also, while apart from this some other exams are also accepted for admission in foreign universities .
Best of luck.