Getting Familiar with the Redesigned SAT
If you want to fully prepare for the redesigned SAT, it’s definitely worth getting to know the directions of each portion of the test. This can save you time on test day from having to read all the directions. Know when to use the calculator and when not to. On this test, there’s a math section where you are not permitted to use the calculator. It’s also important to know just how long each section is. Math is going to be 1 hour 20 minutes straight instead of three 25 minute sections dispersed! Reading will also be 65 minutes straight right at the beginning of the test instead of three 25 minute sections. So, it’ll be very important to pace yourself so that you don’t burn out.
For the 25 minute math section on the redesigned SAT, calculators will not be permitted. However, for the 55 minute section, it is permitted. They do provide you with all the geometry formulas and special triangles just like the old SAT. Each of the two math sections will still have some student response grid-in style questions.
The essay portion is optional but they do give you 50 minutes. So they will be expecting a much better essay than the 25 minute one on the old SAT. Check out our analysis of the new essay and see a sample essay HERE.
If it is possible, taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 is highly recommended since these exams are similar in style of questioning to the new SAT. These tests cover the same broad subjects as the SAT and uses questions that are in the same general formats as those found on the SAT. However, there is no essay on the PSAT/NMSQT.
Make sure you’re registered to College Board and Khan Academy as these two are the primary sources of practice questions and tests for the new SAT. College Board also makes good use of social media to share info with teachers, students and parents. Follow us as well! We’ll be analyzing every inch of this new redesigned SAT and putting out videos on how to do tackle each question!