Many parents and students have been thrown for a loop over the last year because of the changes that have been made to the already nerve racking SAT I Reasoning Test. We at Tier One Tutors understand your anxiety and pride ourselves on our expertise and want to share as much information with families as we can. The best way to beat the fear of the new SAT is to understand what the changes have been and what the new test looks like.Here are the major changes by section:
a. The content of the Math section has been enlarged to include Algebra II material which is mostly related to functions.
b. The quantitative comparison questions have been eliminated from the test.
a. This used to be called the Verbal Section.
b. The classic and well-known analogy questions have been taken off the test.
c. The College Board has added paragraph and paired-paragraph reading items to the new SAT.
a. This used to be the SAT II Writing test which was mandatory for many schools including the UC system.
b. There are multiple choice questions which test revision, editing, language and grammar skills.
c. The infamous student-produced essay is also part of the new section and it is used to assess how effectively students can express ideas.
Due to the expansion of the test with the new Writing section, the test score has also been changed. The test is no longer determined on the well-known 400-1600 point scale. It will now be scored from 600-2400 points with each of the Math, Critical Reading and Writing sections being scored 200-800 points each. Furthermore, the test is now a bit longer, tipping the scales at 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Now that you know about the new composition of the SAT, try testing your skills on some of the new questions! Click here to see some example problems.