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The conversions indicate that the test has been re-centered. This means that the new concordance tables are showing the mean score for the rSAT looks to be closer to a 1090. The mean score for the previous SAT was a 1010.
A few leaders in the test-prep/college counseling world have created some nice graphics to show the score comparisons between the old SAT, the new SAT and the ACT.
PSAT scores were released over the past week. For those students who were able to access them, many are not clear on how to interpret them.
Most common questions:
Based on my PSAT results, how will I do on the SAT?
Official concordance tables have not been released to predict how the 2015 PSAT scores would project to the SAT – A perfect score on the SAT is a 1600. A perfect score on the PSAT is a 1520. The PSAT perfect score is lower because the SAT is more difficult than the PSAT. The PSAT 1520 perfect score is shifted down to account for its differences in difficulty level. While a perfect score on the PSAT suggests you might earn a perfect score on the SAT, this is not certain because the additional questions on the SAT will be more difficult than those that were on the PSAT. Many in the industry have also noticed somewhat inflated PSAT scores this year.
Will I qualify for the National Merit Scholarship?
National Merit Scholarship Qualification is based on your NMSC Selection Index Score. The selection index score can be found on the third page of your PSAT score report. The Selection Index Score is calculated by weighting your Writing score ⅔ and your Math score ⅓ – More information about the PSAT/NMSQT can be found in the student guide.
What is the Academic Index (AI)? – The Academic Index is a tool used by the Ivy League Schools to measure a high school athlete’s academic performance and to determine whether or not the student has the academic credentials necessary to be admitted to the school.
Why is the Academic Index Important? – In order to be accepted by the admissions office of an Ivy League School, high school athletes who plan to play their sport in college must meet the school’s Academic Index. It has become more important to understand the AI early in high school as high school athletes are being offered early verbal commitments from coaches as early as freshman year of high school. If a student has his/her heart set on any Ivy League school, it is essential that the student knows whether or not he/she can meet the Ivy League’s AI before making a decision on the early verbal offer from another school.
Two New York Times articles by Bill Pennington are great resources on the topic of the Academic Index (AI) –
Revised SAT – Effective For Class of 2017:(this is based on College Board’s 208 page DRAFT Release of Test Specifications for the Redesigned SAT found here: https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign **Some features of the new test, such as timing, length, and scores to be reported, may still be adjusted pending the outcome of CollegeBoard studiesThis new test will “go live” with the PSAT in the Fall of 2015 – until then, the Current SAT will be the only SAT offered.Total Time/#Questions
ACT (With ACT update, reporting will change but the test will remain the same)
Total Time/ #Questions
70min./54 Questions (approx 1/3 emphasis on geometry – includes algebra, sequences, permutations does not include trig) 800 points
80 min/ 57 Questions(1/10 emphasis on geometry – includes trig, a lot of algebra functions, algebra 2, area of circle, and complex numbers – more word problems with direct application to real-world events) 800 points
70min/67 Questions (Passage topics are random – includes uncommon vocabulary) 800 points
65 min/52 Questions (Passages will focus on science/history and social science – vocabulary will be tested in context) 400 points
35 min/ 40Questions (Passages broken down into Prose Fiction, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science)
60min/49 Questions (called writing)- revision of sentences 800 points
35 min/44 Questions (called writing and language) – revision of passages/may include tables/charts/graphs – 400 points
45 min/75 Questions (called English) – revision of passages
25min/1 prompt score goes into writing score
50 min/ 1 prompt (optional) – graded separately from final math/reading/writing – will test reading and analysis as well as writing
30 min/ 1 prompt (optional)
(incorporated into reading,writing and math sections)
35 min/ 40 Questions
225 min (3 hours 45 min)/ 171 Questions
220 min (3 hours 50 min)/153 Questions
205 min/215 Questions
Penalty for Guessing?
Total Possible Points
1600 **big change here in that math will be 800 possible points and reading and writing will be 800 possible points combined – this test places more weight on math than the current SAT – Essay will be scored separately
Scores will be broken down by subject and concept
yes (there will be more detail with the new ACT reporting)
Calculator allowed for entire math section?
Key Points –
The Revised SAT very similar to the ACT
Math will be more heavily weighted on the Revised SAT
EDNavigators recommends that the class of 2017 take the current SAT and/or the ACT because there are too many uncertainties about the format of the new SAT as well as the timing of score releases and concordance tables for the new SAT
We will continue to share information we get about test changes as soon as they are available
How to prepare for these tests:
Understand math concepts – not just to get a good grade in school, but for yourself – You need to know the concepts after you are tested on them in class. The new SAT puts more weight on Math than the current SAT
Put down your calculator! Practice math without using the calculator. It won’t be allowed for part of the math section of the SAT
There are strategies, but no shortcuts. Just like anything else in life, success comes from dedication and preparation.
While all of the details are not yet released, my gut reaction to the New SAT is positive. The New SAT looks like it will address the skills necessary for and relevant to college success.
As a test-prep tutor and educational consultant, I am frequently asked to compare and give educated insight into the SAT and the ACT. A few common questions and answers pertaining to the ACT, the SAT and the New SAT are below.
Will the New SAT be easier than the current SAT?
The buzz amongst high school students is that the new SAT will be easier than the current SAT. In one way, that is true. By removing the wrong answer penalty students do not have to worry about whether or not to guess. Other than that, absolutely not. This test will be difficult for students who are not prepared.
The essay is significantly more involved than the current SAT essay.
The reading section will require the student to identify both the correct answer AND why it is correct.
The math will include more involved word problems.
Interpretation of science charts and tables will now be included.
Is the New SAT more like the ACT?
Yes, because it is now more achievement based like the ACT.
No, because the format and structure of the two tests differ significantly.
The ACT essay, like the current SAT essay is a persuasive essay. The New SAT essay will require critical reading, analysis of a persuasive essay and analytical writing.
The New SAT has a “no calculator” section. The ACT allows calculators for the entire math section.
The New SAT will measure understanding and interpretation of social studies and history. The ACT includes these subjects but does not include their measure in the test results.
The New SAT will integrate science into the reading, writing, math sections. The ACT has a separate science section
What do I like about the New SAT?
It will include more critical reading, something that I believe is essential to success in college.
It will incorporate real life scenarios in math, making it more relevant to life situations.
There will be a significant focus on algebra and its application – the foundations of higher level math.
No calculator will be allowed for portions of the test. I have found that today’s teens rely too much on the calculator.
Vocabulary tests will be more relevant. Student will analyze the words used and how they affect meaning. – No more memorizing words that will most likely never be used again after the test.
Science, history and social studies are integrated into the test and knowledge of these subjects is reflected in the score results.
I will post more details about the New SAT as they become available.