'Old' SAT & 'New' SAT

  • SAT Score Conversions

What’s ‘New’ in the ‘New SAT’?

Noumena has fully analyzed and prepared for the new wave of SAT testing. Interested in what we’ve found out? Read on!

  • What is the purpose of this SAT overhaul?

    • Experts have rewritten the test to make it more straightforward and more transparent. Their goal? To measure student's critical thinking skills instead of simple vocabulary mastery.
  • What does the New SAT require from students?

    • The New SAT requires students to:
      • use evidence to support answer choices
        (SAT sections are more reading-centric and passage-based than before.)
      • deepen their focus on math skills
        (especially on linear and polynomial algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics)
      • extrapolate and reconcile information conveyed through text and graphs
      • engage with multidisciplinary content
  • What’s this new breakdown?

    • Reading: 65-minute, 52-question test containing 5 long passages
    • Writing and Language: 35-minute, 44-question test containing 4 passages.
    • Math (without calculator): 25-minute, 20-question test.
    • Math (with calculator): 55-minute, 38-question test.
    • Essay: 50-minute (optional).
  • What’s new in the essay section?

    • While the essay section is now optional, many colleges will require it. This test no longer asks students to support their opinion; rather, the student needs to read a ~700-word essay and provide an analysis of the author’s effective use of evidence.
  • Have there been any changes made to the grading system?

    • Yes. Students will no longer suffer a quarter-point deduction for wrong answers.
    • Each multiple choice question will now only have four possible answers.

'Old' SAT & 'New' SAT Score Conversions

Along with a change in the testing format, there has been a change in way SAT scores will be calculated. Curious about how your current or projected score will hold up? The chart above details how your score on one version will likely parallel the score of the other version. However, please be advised: this conversion chart has yet to be finalized by the College Board. Conversions up until now are abstracted, but this chart can be used as a reliable baseline of future scoring systems. This chart was created by multiplying the existing scores by 2/3, given that 1600 (the new test point total), is 2/3 of 2400 (the current maximum number of test points).