Testing Tips: The Redesigned SAT MARCH 2016

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The SAT is changing in some ways, but these things are staying the same:

  • It’s accepted by almost all U.S. colleges.
  • It’s typically taken by juniors in the spring and seniors in the fall.
  • SAT scores and high school GPA are a powerful combination. Used together, there’s nothing better at predicting potential college success.

Coming in March 2016

Your first chance to take the new SAT is March 5.


Show colleges you’ve got what it takes. Sign up for the test that measures the skills you’ve learned in class.

You Changed What?

You might be surprised by everything that’s new about the new SAT:

  • All-new essay — and it’s optional
  • No penalty for guessing
  • No vocab that you’ll never use again


Skills Aren’t Bought

They’re learned — so brush up on your skills with these free resources:

Seriously, they’re free and they’re official.

Quick Facts

  • 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and the optional SAT Essay
  • 400–1600 score scale
  • 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT Essay — or 3 hours without it
  • 4 answer choices
  • 4 college application fee waivers for every student who uses an SAT fee waiver