The changes to the SAT coming in spring of 2016 prompt numerous questions. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most common ones, along with our answers. Read through the below, and always feel free to contact us directly so we can answer your questions.
Consider taking an ACT practice test before school starts to get a feel for the test format, content, pacing and scoring. Does it feel like the right test? If yes, you can begin planning the prep schedule. If no, your child should take the PSAT in October and/or a practice test for the New SAT.
Though concordance tables for the ACT and the New SAT won’t be available until spring 2016, we have provided some basic information regarding how the ACT compares to the New SAT here, and our enrollment team is available to answer any questions that you may have. Simply call us at 1-87STUDYPOINT (1-877-883-9764).
Because the Old SAT requires testing earlier than we typically advise for juniors, this option is not recommended for most students; however, if your child is academically advanced and scored well on the PSAT, then this option may be suitable. If you and your child feel that the Old SAT is the right option, the time to prepare is in the summer and fall of 2015.
Students in the Class of 2018 and beyond will be able to submit scores from the ACT and New SAT; however, many schools have not yet made a decision as to whether or not they will accept scores from the Old SAT if students are in the Class of 2018 or later. As a result, we recommend preparing for and taking the ACT and/or New SAT if your child is in the Class of 2018 or later.
The ACT is a known test on which your child will know exactly what to expect, but there are some key differences between the two tests that one should also consider. For example, math will make up 50% of your child’s New SAT score, while math is only 25% of your child’s ACT score. Thus, students who are particularly strong in math may want to consider preparing for and taking the New SAT. Another difference between the two tests is that the ACT contains a science reasoning section. This section is not a test of one’s knowledge of scientific facts; instead, students must interpret and evaluate research summaries and data. You can read more about the differences between the ACT and New SAT here, and our Enrollment Team is available to discuss which test may be the best fit based on your child’s strengths and weaknesses. You can reach our Enrollment Team at 1-87STUDYPOINT (1-877-883-9764).
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