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Testing Information

College Admissions Test Changes

The College Board announced a significant overhaul of the SAT college admission test. The first administration of the redesigned exam will take place in spring 2016. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the new test will be more relevant to what students are learning in the classroom and focused more on real world problem solving skills.

Here are the most noteworthy changes:
  • Rescaled to 1600
  • Three sections: Math, Reading/Writing, Essay
  • No penalty for incorrect answers
  • No more experimental sections
  • Four answer choices per question
  • Heavily aligned with Common Core
The new SAT will be available Spring 2016.

Which test will students take?

Class of 2016 PSAT, Current SAT (Fall) and/or Current ACT (Fall)
Class of 2017 PSAT (Fall), New SAT (Spring) and/or ACT (Spring)
Class of 2018 PSAT, New SAT, ACT
Class of 2019   PSAT, New SAT, ACT 

Recommended Timeline for Assessments:
Sophomores: PSAT, Practice ACT (see "Test Prep Resources" tab for information)
Juniors: PSAT and SAT, and ACT
Seniors: SAT and/or ACT (take last exams by December!)

** See attached for a 2015-2016 SAT and ACT registration dates **