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About the SAT Suite of Assessments

The world needs more people who can solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships. To help meet that need, the College Board redesigned the SAT Suite of Assessments to focus more on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research shows are essential for college and career readiness and success. These focused tests — the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 — will have a stronger connection to classroom learning and inspire productive practice.


Key Dates

  • September 2015: PSAT 8/9 first administered
  • October 2015: Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT first administered
  • February 2016: PSAT 10 first administered
  • March 2016: Redesigned SAT first administered


The SAT Suite will open doors to college. Its unique benefits include free, personalized practice, college application fee waivers, scholarship opportunities, increased access to AP courses, and more.


Content Alignment

All tests in the SAT Suite are aligned to the same research backbone and focus on the same domain of knowledge and skills. The tests reflect the work students are doing in classrooms across the country and around the globe.

As students advance from grade to grade, the tests will keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom. This progression is reflected in the new, vertical score scale that provides benchmarks and consistent feedback enabling teachers to adjust their instruction for students who are ahead or behind.

Content alignment


The SAT Suite provides more information than ever before — and greater insight into student readiness. Changes include a common score scale, subscores and cross-test scores, and the elimination of the penalty for guessing.