Use this Guide to prepare for taking the SAT
- This booklet can be used by students taking the SAT before the launch of the redesigned exam in the Spring of 2016.
The Redesigned SAT
A great deal of information is available about the redesigned SAT directly from College Board , which maintains a website specifically for informing students, parents, educators and college admissions faculty about the new SAT.
Here are some great resources we've found on the College Board site...
Sign up for updates about the new SAT from the College Board https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/updates
- Thanks to Patrick O'Connor at MACAC for sharing this resource with us!
- Includes a breakdown of the number, type and tested content for every qustion on the test and how those questions contribute to the composit score. Also has sample questions for each subject area and question type.
There are three pages within the SAT website specifically designed for different audiences
Students & Parents
- This page has the most detailed information that may be an overload for some. Howver, testing gurus and college admissions counselors will find a wealth of information.
SAT Slide Share Series
MASSP has created a Slide Share series, in collaboration with MASA, to provide support and resources aimed at helping members lead the SAT transition in their districts.
The Slide Shares provide an overview of the redesigned SAT in a series of short, manageable sound bites that may be shared with school stakeholders.
Intro to Redesigned SAT (narrated by Wendy Zdeb-Roper)
The first in the series provides an overview of what the assessment will look like, as well as highlighting the support pieces that go along with the SAT.
SAT Suite of Assessments (narrated by Chris Wigent)
The second Slide Share of the series looks at the SAT Suite of Assessments: PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT.
Khan Academy (narrated by Wendy Zdeb-Roper)
The third Slide Share of the series looks at the Khan Academy: a free resource, which will launch in June 2015, to provide an adaptive practice experience that will be tailored to each student’s strengths and weaknesses. It will also provide students and educators with the opportunity to compliment classroom instruction with personalized practice, an unprecedented view into the design of the SAT, and it will be available, anytime, anywhere at no cost.
Essay (narrated by Wendy Zdeb-Roper)
The next Slide Share of the series looks at the Essay portion of the Redesigned SAT. In this edition, we present an overview of the content, skills, format, and distinctive features of the redesigned SAT-Essay, as well as annotated sample materials that help illustrate central aspects of the test. The focus of the Essay section on the redesigned SAT will be very different from the essay on the current SAT. Students will read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience. Students may analyze such aspects of the passage as the author’s use of evidence, reasoning, and stylistic and persuasive elements. This task more closely mirrors college writing assignments.
Math (narrated by Chris Wigent)
The fourth Slide Share of the series looks at the Math portion of the Redesigned SAT. In this edition, we present an overview of the content, skills, format, and four distinctive sections of the redesigned SAT-Math, as well as annotated sample materials that help illustrate central aspects of the test.
Writing and Language (narrated by Wendy Zdeb-Roper)
The second to last Slide Share of the series looks at the Writing and Language portion of the Redesigned SAT. The focus of the Writing and Language section in the revised SAT has shifted away from grammar rules and vocabulary out of context toward more focus on practical applications in the context of the passages. Students will be asked revising and editing questions about a variety of texts on topics both academic and career related. Additionally, the redesigned test includes not only a variety of texts, but may also incorporate accompanying tables, graphs charts, and the like that students have to rely on in order to make editing decisions about the passage.
Reading (narrated by Chris Wigent)
The last Slide Share of the series looks at the Reading portion of the Redesigned SAT.