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Are the SAT Subject Tests Changing?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests, New SAT

You probably know by now that a new, redesigned SAT rolled out in early March--a huge revamp that has been linked to the Common Core and attempts to re-secure market share lost to the ACT. This may leave you wondering: what about SAT Subject Tests? Are they changing? Will there be new SAT Subject Tests modeled after the main SAT redesign?

In a word, no. At least, not now.

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that SAT Subject Tests will now be even more different from the regular SAT than they were before the SAT redesign. 

In this article, I’ll go over the implications of the “mismatch” between the redesigned SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. How are the formats different, and how should you approach these differences? I’ll also go over how the SAT redesign has changed how Subject Test content overlaps (or doesn’t) with the regular SAT. Finally, I will engage in some wild speculation (okay, fine, evidence-based speculation) about where the SAT Subject Tests may be going in the future. 

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New SAT Format: What It Means for You

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info, New SAT

The SAT has had a complete makeover. Just a quick glance will show you that it barely resembles its previous self. Many students, luckily, will find its transformation quite attractive.

This guide will help you catch up on the changes with a comprehensive overview of the new SAT format. Read on to learn about the test’s new design and scoring, followed by some tips on what these changes mean for test-takers. To begin, let’s go over the overall structure of the SAT.

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Command of Evidence: 5 Key SAT Reading Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Reading, New SAT

The new SAT challenges students to understand the reasoning behind each answer they pick. Command of Evidence questions are a manifestation of this mission. In order to answer them, you have to carefully evaluate your thought process and the evidence presented by the author of the passage.

This article will focus on the evidence questions on the Reading section of the SAT; we have a separate article on Writing questions (coming soon). In this guide, I'll tell you exactly what these questions test, what kinds there are, and how you can learn to answer them correctly every time!  

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The New SAT Math: What’s Changing?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Math, New SAT

Starting in March, there will be a newly redesigned SAT. The new SAT only has two sections Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. While most people are focused on the changes to the Reading and Writing section, there have been a few changes to the math section that are important to know. What are these changes? How will your SAT study strategy need to change? I’ll delve into that and more in this guide. 

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Khan Academy SAT Will Never Be Enough - Here's Why

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

With the new 2016 SAT, Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to create a free SAT prep program.

All things considered, Khan Academy's SAT prep program is high quality. It's a great introduction to the test and elevates the bar of free SAT materials. Students unable to afford books or prep programs have a useful resource to train for the test.

But it's not complete.

There's still a lot missing from the Khan Academy SAT program that can prevent you from getting the highest score possible.

In this review, you'll understand what exactly is wrong with the Khan SAT program – and why the partnership with the College Board means these problems will never be fixed. If you plan to use the Khan Academy SAT program, this will show you what you're missing.

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What Is Khan Academy SAT Prep? How Can It Help You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT General Info, New SAT

Are you preparing for the SAT or PSAT? Maybe you’ve heard of Khan Academy and are wondering what it is and if it can help you raise your score. In cooperation with the College Board, Khan Academy recently released free materials to help students prepare for the SAT.

This guide will answer all your questions about the Khan Academy SAT content including what it is, if it’s really free, what resources it provides, and how it differs from other official SAT prep materials. By reading this guide, you'll learn exactly what information Khan Academy offers and how you can use it to study more effectively and boost your SAT score. 

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Is the New SAT Easier?  6 Helpful Changes to Know

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info, New SAT

Change is scary, and the SAT was already kind of scary in the first place, so you might be feeling apprehensive about the new test. Good news: It's possible that the new SAT will be easier for some (or even most!) students. In this article, I'll go through some predictions about which aspects of the new SAT have the potential to make it a less challenging test and which types of students are most likely to benefit. 

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Is the New SAT Harder? 6 Challenging Changes

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 16, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, New SAT

Significant changes are coming to the SAT in 2016, but the effect they'll have on the student experience is debatable. Is the new SAT harder? It's impossible to tell for sure without any data on new score patterns.

In the meantime, we can make a few predictions for how the changes to the format and content of the test could increase its difficulty. In this article, I'll give you an overview of the changes to the test, list some factors that might make it more challenging, and suggest study strategies for students who may struggle on the new SAT.

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What’s a Good New 2016 SAT Score for Your Target School?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 8, 2015 6:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, New SAT

You might have heard that there is a new SAT coming in Spring 2016! What’s it out of? How do you know what a good score is? How do you determine what new SAT score you need to be accepted to your target school? I'll cover all of this information below.

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Class of 2017: New SAT or Old SAT? (Updated)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 5, 2015 7:26:21 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

The Class of 2017 is in a tough spot on the SAT.  Should you take the new SAT or old SAT?  If you take the new SAT, you would be the guinea pigs for a totally new system; if you take the old one, you have a tighter schedule.  How does it break down?

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Will the New SAT Close the Education Gap?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM


Big changes are coming to the SAT this year, and the impact that they will have on students is a topic of fierce debate. Will they provide a leg up to students who are put at a disadvantage by the current test format? Or will they make disparities between the scores of high and low-income students even more pronounced?

In this article, I'll go over both sides of the argument and provide my own take on how the changes to the SAT will affect the education gap. 

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Old to New SAT: How to Convert 2400 to 1600?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 11, 2015 10:30:00 AM


If you are taking the new SAT in spring 2016 or later, your test will be significantly different from the current SAT. What are the main differences between the old and new SAT? How do you convert between the two tests? How do these changes affect you as the test taker?

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Smart Alternatives for SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, New SAT

You probably already know that the gold standard for studying for the SAT is to use the official practice tests released by the College Board. Unfortunately, the SAT is getting completely redesigned after January 2016 – and there aren’t that many official questions for the new test yet. But the great news is that there are many ways to use other resources to study effectively!

Questions from other standardized tests, materials from your high school education, magazines and other publications  there is no shortage of ways to practice the knowledge and skills you’ll need for the new SAT!

In this article, I’ll go through each section of the new SAT and talk about all the possible alternatives to regular practice questions. When it comes to the SAT redesign, the world really is your oyster.

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8+ Free Old Official SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 3, 2015 12:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing, SAT Reading, SAT Math, New SAT

In March 2016, the SAT underwent a complete redesign, concentrating more on testing reasoning skills than on obscure vocabulary knowledge

So how do you study for the SAT now that there just aren't that many practice tests available? After all, there’s nothing quite like taking actual official SAT tests to get you ready for the real thing. The good news is that many of the questions that appeared on the old SAT format are still completely relevant and a great resource for practicing your skills!

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How Is the New SAT Scored?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 26, 2015 8:30:00 PM


The scoring model on the new SAT differs significantly from the scoring model that was used on the old version of the test. It's important to be aware of these changes so that you can plan your studying and test-taking strategies accordingly.

In this article, I'll go through all the scoring differences that have taken place for the new SAT and what they mean for you as a student.

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