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Has the SAT Changed?

The last major changes to the SAT were done in 2005.

What Are the SAT Changes?

There is a New Writing Section with multiple choice questions for both grammar and usage.  There is also an essay which all students must write.

There is a New Critical Reading Section (previously called Verbal) in which the Analogies section is eliminated.  Also, short reading passages are now added to existing long reading passages.

And finally, the Math section has now been expanded to include content from third year college prep math.The Quantitative Comparisons Section is now eliminated.

How is the SAT Scored?

The SAT will provide you, your high school counselor and college admissions offices with three separate scores: math, critical reading, and writing. Each of the 3 sections of the test will be scored using the scale of a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 800. The writing test will also be scored using a scale of 200-800.

In addition, two subscores will be given for the writing section: a multiple-choice subscore on a scale of 20-80, and an essay subscore, on a scale of 2-12.

How is the Essay Scored?

The essay will be scored by experienced and trained high school and college teachers. Each essay will be scored by two people who won't know each other's score. They won't know your identity or school either. Each reader will give the essay a score from 1 to 6 (6 is the highest score) based on the overall quality of the essay and your demonstration of writing competence. The two scores will then be added together to arrive at your essay subscore.



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