The SAT from 2016 onward
The College Board made content, format, and scoring changes to the SAT in 2016. The redesigned SAT test prioritizes content that reflects the kind of reading and math students will encounter in college and their future work lives. It was first administered in the spring of 2016.
Old SAT vs. New SAT (2016)
|Old SAT||New SAT|
|Scoring||600 - 2400||400 - 1600
Subscore and Cross-test Scores available
|Timing||3 Hours 45 Minutes||3 Hours (+50 minute optional essay)|
|Guessing Penalty||1/4 guessing penalty||no guessing penalty|
|Format||Available in print||Available in print or on computer|
New SAT Structure
|Evidence-Based Reading and Writing||Math|
Timeline of Changes for Test Takers
The new SAT will have no bearing on students scheduled to graduate in 2015 or 2016. However, for students planning to graduate in 2017 or any year after, the new SAT exam will be the exam they have to take (assuming they would prefer to take the exam no sooner than spring of 2016).
|January 2016||Old SAT was administered for the final time.|
|March 2016||New SAT is administered for the first time.|