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The New SAT Changes Summarized In 5 Minutes

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The SAT examination process hasn’t changed in over a decade, which means there are big changes on the horizon. If you’re planning on applying for US college, you need to know about them! Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect:


No penalties for wrong answers

It’s been a long time coming, and finally SAT markers will no longer penalize students for wrong answers. This means no more starting at papers and deciding whether or not to risk taking a guess.


A new essay format

In the past students were asked to pen a personal essay for the writing section. Now, they’ll be required to read a passage, then describe how the author is attempting to convince their audience.


Evidence-focused reading

Just like the essay section, reading will also focus more on evidence. Students will be given a text based question, then asked to clarify which evidence best supports their answer.


Ditching complex vocab

Gone are the days of obscure questions asking students to define words such as ‘abrogate’ and ‘plaudit.’ Now, we’ll see students asked to explain how words are used in specific contexts. For example, depending on the scenario ‘intense’ could mean ‘determined,’ ‘emotional’ or ‘extreme’ depending on the context.


Additional graphs/charts

Taking the SAT? Expect to see an emphasis on questions that call on students to extract information from graphs and charts. This will be especially present in the reading section, where students will be asked to rewrite sentences in order to make them align with graph data.


Showcasing stellar texts

Forget run of the mill content. The new SAT reading section will feature excerpts from famous documents such as the US Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, as well as other works from iconic persons such as Mahatma Gandhi, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King, Jr. this is all part of an effort to make the SAR more relevant and aligned with what students learn in school.

Fast and informative, this write up has only brushed the surface of what’s changing. If you want to arm yourself with in-depth knowledge on what to expect, the upcoming New SAT Global Telesummit is a not to be missed event. Tune in and get clued up on everything you need to know about the new application process, as well as lap up first-hand knowledge, experience and expertise from our line-up of galvanizing guest speakers.

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