Tutor Associates in The Washington Post
As you have have probably heard, the SAT will be changing in 2016. The College Board will release the first new PSAT in the fall of 2015 and the first new SAT in the spring of 2016. This affects current 9th graders but does not affect current 10th or 11th graders. We’ve already begun planning for these changes and will have plenty of practice materials and strategies available when it comes time to prep just as we did in 2005, when the SAT last changed.
Tutor Associates Vice President, Sasha DeWind, was pleased to be asked to speak to The Washington Post on what the upcoming changes will mean for students. You can read that article here: Why Giving Away Test Prep for Free Won't Change Much.
Here are some of the changes that we can expect to see on the new SAT:
• The SAT will again be scored out a total of 1600 instead of 2400
• The SAT will feature two sections instead of three: Math & Evidence-Based
• The Essay will be optional and scored separately
• The Essay will require students to analyze a passage
• No more guessing penalty—students should answer every question!
• SAT Vocabulary will be revamped to include words more frequently encountered
• The SAT Math will focus more heavily on linear equations, complex equations or functions, and ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning. The calculator will only be allowed on portions of the test.
As always, we are here to chat and to answer any questions that you might have!