The redesign of the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT — and the new data layout for electronic score reporting — means that your college has to adapt processes and technology. The College Board is ready to support you in your implementation work.
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A Collaborative Effort
Implementing change requires close collaboration across divisions. Representatives from all of these groups will need to coordinate their efforts:
- Academic advising
- Financial aid and scholarships
- Information technology
- Institutional research
- Records and registration
The College Board is working with leading IT vendors to ensure smooth integration of the redesigned SAT into all of the leading systems used by admission offices. Here is a partial list of the vendors we have been meeting with:
- Campus Management
Student Cohorts Affected
The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in March 2016. The entering class of 2017 will be the first cohort to have primarily taken the redesigned SAT. However, some students will have taken the SAT before March 2016 and then the redesigned SAT later. In these cases, we recommend that students send both scores to the colleges they apply to.
Testing Options for the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018
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A big year in the redesign timeline, 2016 features key milestones.
- Milestone: First redesigned SAT offered in March; first scores received on campus.
- Milestone: College Board Search tools updated.
- Milestone: First search orders received using redesigned PSAT/NMSQT.
- To-do: Decide how to use redesigned SAT scores in next year’s admission cycle. Consider the implications for scholarships and placement, as well as admission.
Welcome the entering class of 2017, the first cohort to primarily take the redesigned SAT.
- To-do: Use redesigned SAT scores for admission, scholarships, placement, and other campus decisions throughout winter, spring, and summer. Continue to use SAT scores from before March 2016 as well.
- To-do: Create first enrollment reports and trend analysis using the redesigned SAT in the fall.