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Changes are coming to the SAT in 2016!

Uploaded: Sep 22, 2015
(written by guest blogger Patrick Hennes of AJ Tutoring, www.

The redesigned SAT will debut in March 2016 and will affect the class of 2017 and beyond. Current sophomores and freshmen (class of 2018 and 2019) will only have the option of taking the new test. Current juniors (class of 2017) can choose to take either the current SAT or the redesigned SAT, or both. The 2015 PSAT will be based on the redesigned SAT and will reflect the new format. The last administration of the current SAT will take place in January 2016.

Click HERE to learn more details about the SAT

Which tests should a student in the class of 2017 plan to take?

While there are many testing schedules that could work, most students should fall into one of three tracks:

- The "hedge your bets" plan: take the current SAT in fall 2015, the redesigned SAT in March 2016, and the ACT in April 2016.
- Spring semester testing plan: take the redesigned SAT in March 2016 and the ACT in April 2016.
- The "SAT only" plan: take the current SAT in fall 2015 and the redesigned SAT in March 2016.

The ACT is not changing its format, and will be continued to be administered throughout the academic year. Because of the continuity the ACT provides, many students are choosing to focus exclusively on the ACT, which can make sense for many students.

We encourage students to consider taking both exams, or possibly taking a diagnostic to see what may be the better fit early on in the process. Almost every school in the US accepts either the SAT or ACT, so it's mainly about identifying which exam is best suited for a particular student and his or her score goals.
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Posted by Karen, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Sep 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

There is a fourth option: ACT only, when the PSAT score is unlikely to qualify a student for National Merit contention.

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Posted by Observer, a resident of Portola Valley,
on Sep 27, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Essays written for college applications should be written in a controlled/proctored environment, just like the SAT, ACT, etc.

Lots less temptation for college advisers, tutors, parents and others to actually write or heavily edit/revise "the student's" final product.

A more level playing field with a few safeguards seems appropriate. The truly talented writers will shine through.

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Posted by abisekbhavan, a resident of another community,
on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 am

Shall i download my hallticket in

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