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Monday, February 8, 2016

New SAT or ACT: Why Both Could Be a Good Choice

As of March 2016, the SAT implements new changes to the format and scoring. The new SAT now has an optional essay and no penalty for wrong answers, and the math sections reflect real-world usage. Scoring will again be out of 1600 for combined math and reading.

With the new SAT format and scoring, we are getting a lot of questions about whether it makes sense for students to take the new SAT or take the ACT instead. There are often some concerns when a test changes formatting. It's not always clear ahead of time what role the new format will play in a student's performance. Our advice is to check with the colleges you are considering to see whether they prefer one test over the other. If they don't have a preference, you might consider taking both tests.

Still have questions? Give us a call and we can discuss what's best for your student.

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