Behind the SAT: The Good and Bad of the 2016 Redesign - David Coleman announced that beginning in the spring of 2016, the college admissions test will return to its 1600-point scale and additionally, the essay portion will become optional.  The math section will narrow its focus, and students will not be penalized for incorrect answers.  Finally, reading comprehension questions will weave in information from other subjects, such as history and science.