Big Changes Afoot: What the New SAT Means For Us

College Board made the following big announcement earlier this week:

“We have made the decision to adjust our schedule for this work and will now release the revised PSAT/NMSQT in fall 2015, followed by the release of the revised SAT in spring 2016.”

You can read the College Board press release here.

This follows an earlier announcement from the ACT that they’ll be offering a digital version of their exam starting in spring 2015.

What does this mean for us? Think about this timeline:

  • Class of 2015: will take no more PSATs, will take ACT and/or SAT (their choice) in spring 2014 and fall 2014
  • Class of 2016: will take 2014 PSAT, will take ACT and/or SAT (their choice) in spring 2015 and fall 2015
  • Class of 2017: will take 2014 and 2015 PSAT, will take ACT and/or SAT (their choice) in spring 2016 and fall 2016.

So this means that the changes to the SAT will not affect the Classes of 2015 or 2016, but they will affect the class of 2017 and all classes thereafter. The changes to the ACT will be available (but not required) for the class of 2016 and 2017 and all classes thereafter.

Do we know what the substance of the changes will be like for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT? Not yet. But rest assured that the testing-industrial complex will be gearing up to prepare students for these exams. In the meantime, we here at school will continue to research and listen and find out what’s coming, and we’ll prepare our students with the guidance they need.

Please let me know if you have any questions–I’m happy to help!

 

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