The New SAT Focuses on College Success™ Skills • Critical Reading • Mathematics • Writing The SAT® tests students’ reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed through their course work. It measures their ability to analyze and solve problems by applying what they have learned in school.
Time Frame • October 2004: New PSAT/NMSQT® • March 2005: New SAT
Time FrameClass of 2006 will take new SAT • Class of 2005—current seniors • Current SAT as seniors in fall 2004 • New SAT as seniors in March 2005 (if necessary) • Class of 2006—current juniors • New PSAT/NMSQT as juniors in fall 2004 • New SAT as juniors in March 2005 and later • New SAT as seniors
The Changes to the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT® Verbal • Name will be changed to critical reading. • Analogies will be eliminated. • Short reading passages will replace analogies and will measure the kind of reasoning formerly measured by analogies.
The Changes to the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT Math • Quantitative comparisons will be eliminated. • The content is being expanded to reflect the mathematics that college-bound students typically learn during their first three yearsof high school. • The reasoning aspects of the test together with the expanded content will more effectively assess the mathematics necessary for student success in college. • Math content on the PSAT/NMSQT will also be enhanced, but it will not include Algebra II because most students will not be familiar withthat level of math.
The Changes to the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT Writing • Multiple-choice grammar and usage questions • Will measure the student’s understanding of how to use language in a clear, consistent manner, how to revise and edit, and how to recognize an error in a sentence. • Student-written essay (SAT only) • Will measure the student’s use of language: logical presentation of ideas, development of a point of view, and clarity of expression under timed conditions. • Essay practice tool provided AT NO COST to all schools administering the PSAT/NMSQT.
The Changes to the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT Skills Feedback • The PSAT/NMSQT provides individualized feedback to students through its Score Report Plus. • The College Board is developing a similar tool for the SAT.
How Students Can Prepare Students should: • Challenge themselves throughout high school by taking rigorous courses, including at least 3 years of math • Read and write as much as possible—both in and outside of school • Familiarize themselves with the SAT so they know what to expect on test day • Familiarize themselves with the different types of questions on the SAT, the directions for each type of question, and how the test is scored. • Take the new PSAT/NMSQT in October 2004—the new PSAT/NMSQT will be the best preparation for the new SAT