The New SAT Pros and Cons

What goes in your favor, what doesn’t

Changes You'll Love Changes You Won't Like
  • Rights only scoring -- no penalty for wrong answers, You won’t have to worry about losing points for guessing incorrectly. (Just as it is on the ACT.)
  • For Multiple Choice Questions, there will be only 4 answer choices instead of 5. (Just as in ACT English, Reading, and Science tests.)
  • You may be more familiar with some of the vocabulary tested, although you will need to know multiple definitions of those words.
  • No more Sentence Completion questions.
  • Questions will require multiple steps to get the answers.
  • The reading passages will include complex structure and vocabulary and may contain charts and graphs.
  • Reading passages may present a few unfamiliar words and may also pose a challenge if you are not familiar with the history of American independence and the like.
  • Foundational math skills will be more important. Reasoning and critical thinking skills will be paramount
  • Many of the Math questions will be very wordy and you will need reading skills to wade through such problems.
  • There will be fewer sections on the new test, but they will be longer in time than the current test.
  • Although the Essay is optional, it may be “mandatory” for you as many colleges may ask for an essay score.

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