SAT Suite of Assessments
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Test Design

The anchor test in the redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments, the SAT is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities.

Connect to College

The SAT has been redesigned to measure the most important skills, knowledge, and understandings; to be fair to all students; and to model what students are learning in the best high school classrooms. Because the SAT assesses the content that matters most for college and career readiness, SAT scores provide meaningful information about a student’s likelihood of succeeding in college.

The SAT with Essay: Flexibility and Opportunity

The redesigned SAT includes an optional essay that allows students to engage in and demonstrate the deep critical reading, analysis, and writing skills they’ve learned in high school. Learn more about the SAT Essay.

What’s New?

When students open their SAT test books in March 2016, they’ll encounter tests that are more focused and useful than ever before. The redesign of the SAT Suite of Assessments is centered on key content changes.

Inside the Tests

Find out what kinds of questions will be asked on the redesigned SAT and which skills and knowledge areas it will test:

Content Alignment

The SAT is aligned with the PSAT 8/9, the PSAT 10, and the PSAT/NMSQT. All of these tests focus on the same domain of knowledge and skills. As students progress from grade to grade, the tests will keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom. Learn more about the content alignment of the SAT Suite of Assessments.

Scoring Changes

The redesigned SAT will be scored differently from the way it’s been scored in the past. A few changes:

  • The test will share a common score scale with the other tests in the SAT Suite because the content is so tightly aligned.
  • Subscores and cross-test scores will be added for greater insight.
  • There won’t be a penalty for guessing.

Find out more about scoring.

Compare Test Specifications

How will the timing and structure of the redesigned SAT change? View tables.

Read the full test specifications for the redesigned SAT (.pdf/2.65MB).