Changes to the SAT

Close of of hand filling out answers on a multiple choice exam.

Bart Sadowski

Close of of hand filling out answers on a multiple choice exam.

Jaymee Garcia, Reporter

Change is inevitable and the SAT is not an exception to this rule. Recently the SAT test had undergone a revision from years past. How did the SAT change? To begin, the scoring scale went from 2400 to 1600. This means that this new scale will focus more on each individual’s strengths and areas for improvements. They also reduced the answer choices making it four choices rather than five. There are sixteen fewer questions on the whole test. This will increase the chances of getting the correct answer. There are 52 questions for the reading section, 44 questions for the writing section, 58 questions for the math section, and a question for the optional essay. There are no longer any penalties for wrong answers. This gives students a 25% chance of getting the right answers in case they are unsure of the answer to a question. They also have increased the amount of time for each section. The SAT is three hours long or three hours and fifty minutes for those who decide to take the optional essay. The test consists of 65 minutes for the reading section, 35 minutes for the writing section, and 80 minutes for the math section. Those taking the optional essay will receive 50 minutes to write their essay. The SAT will no longer include obscure vocabulary, but instead will use texts similar to those used in school. They have increased the use of charts and graphs and using meaningful information from data presented in a variety of formulas. The reading section focuses on evidence that best supports the prompt. Finally, the essay section has been revamped, meaning that it is no longer mandatory (although highly recommended) and will not be integrated into the writing score.