Redesigned SATs

Redesigned SAT

The SAT is changing again, but not until spring 2016. The last change was in 2005 when the two-part 1600 total score was changed to a three-part 2400 total, plus an essay. Now we are back to a 1600 two-part exam with an optional essay. That means that the class of 2017 will be taking the revised SAT in the spring of their Junior year. 

Rivermont students will take part in a workshop for the redesigned SAT through the Rivermont College Counseling office before taking the new test.

So, besides the changes mentioned above, what else is changing? 

Eight Key Changes

The “redesigned” SAT will test the categories that research has revealed matters the most for college readiness and success. The SAT redesign is centered on eight key changes in Math, Vocabulary, and the Essay sections.

#1. The "Essay" will be a question based on included source material and more time is given. It will be optional like the essay section of the ACT.

#2. In the "Verbal/Vocabulary" section, the new test focuses on “relevant words” as they are used in context (interpretation: no technical words). This change was in response to substantial criticism of the essay portion and its scoring.

For a rundown of the criticisms and some humor visit the link below:   

#3-7. The "Math" portion will focus in depth on three essential areas of math: 1) Problem Solving and Data Analysis, 2) The Heart of Algebra, and 3) Passport to Advanced Math.

Problem Solving and Data Analysis is about being quantitatively literate. It includes using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning to solve problems in science, social science, and career contexts.

The Heart of Algebra focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems, which helps students develop key powers of abstraction.

Passport to Advanced Math focuses on the student’s familiarity with more complex equations and the “manipulation” they require.

#8. This is a big one! There is no deduction for a wrong answer-

A thoughtful review of the changes can be found at

For a full explanation of all changes visit:  


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