New SAT vs Old SAT Format
We’ve got everything you need to know to be prepared. The redesign affects the test’s format, scoring, timing, and more. An optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers are just some of the new features. Get ready for an increased emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.
Here is a breakdown of the changes to the new SAT format:
The New SAT Scoring
The new SAT will return to the 1600-point scale, with the Math and Reading sections scored between 200 and 800, and the optional essay evaluated separately. The ¼-point penalty for wrong answers will be discontinued.
The new scoring model will provide enriched score reports to help you understand your individual strengths and areas for improvement.
Check out the chart below for a breakdown.
SAT At A Glance
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