Getting Technical with the New SAT

scantron SAT testIt’s that time of year where high school juniors and seniors have the College Board website bookmarked, are looking up SAT test dates and test centers, and are starting to dream of that perfect score.

Today, we will answer some basic questions about the New SAT: When is it? When should I register?  When will I get my scores back? And what’s so different about the New SAT? We’re going to give you all of that information here to save you the research time on your end. Let’s break this down piece by piece…



SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

So the first thing you need to know about the New SAT is when it is administered, and when you must register by to avoid paying a fine. We have all that information for you here:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline  (online or by phone)
October 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 September 20, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 25, 2016
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017

Can’t take the test on a Saturday due to religion? Don’t worry. There are Sunday test dates for those who cannot take the test on Saturday due to religious observances. In most cases, the Sunday test date is usually the very next day after the Saturday test dates listed above.

SAT Score Delivery Dates

So, now that you’ve taken the test, you cannot wait to find out how you scored. Here is how long you will have to wait:

Test Date Score Delivery
October 1, 2016 October 27, 2016
November 5, 2016 November 29, 2016
December 3, 2016 December 22, 2016
January 21, 2017 February 23, 2017
March 11, 2017 April 13, 2017
May 6, 2017 June 8, 2017
June 3, 2017 July 12, 2017

What’s so “new” about the New SAT?

You may have heard that there is a New SAT in town as of March 2016, and that there have been changes made. Let’s examine the key differences between the new and old SAT test.

  • The essay portion of the SAT is now optional, and reported separately.
  • The old SAT was 3 hours and 45 minutes in length. The new SAT is 3 hours long (+50 minutes if you decide to take the essay portion).
  • The test is now scored out of a total possible 1600 points (without the essay). The Math section is scored out of 800. There is an Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section that is worth 800 points.
  • There is no penalty for guessing – points are not deducted for incorrect answers.
  • While the old SAT had a strong emphasis on vocabulary, the new SAT is much more concerned with understanding vocabulary within a larger context.
  • The new SAT now has two math sections – one in which you are allowed to use a calculator, and one in which you are not allowed to use a calculator. On the old SAT, a calculator was permitted throughout the entire math section.
  • The new SAT has fewer and longer sections than the old test.

Are you preparing for the New SAT?

Insight Tutoring Center in Brooklyn offers SAT test preparation services. We have both classes and private tutoring to get you to that perfect score. Our tutors give individualized attention to students so that they can work on the areas they struggle with most. We also offer in-house diagnostic testing so that you can take a full length practice SAT under true testing conditions.

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