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In case you missed it, a new version of the SAT was introduced in March of 2016.

WHY: In recent years the ACT has become more popular among students than the SAT. For the College Board (owner and administrator of the SAT), this is unacceptable. In order to compete and perhaps regain its position of testing prominence, the College Board made significant changes to the SAT. The ACT has always been a straightforward test, and many tutors found it more coachable than the SAT, with less randomness and unpredictability. And so the College Board changed the SAT to something that looks and feels a lot more like the ACT.

WHAT’S NEW: There are no longer sentence completion questions. Vocabulary is still tested through reading passages, but there’s less emphasis on direct knowledge or memorization of endless “SAT words.” Some of the reading passages include charts and tables somewhat similar to those in the Science section of the ACT, though not as difficult. There are two math sections: one without calculator, one with calculator. Math includes early Pre-Calculus topics, particularly Trigonometry. Overall, the sections are longer, but there are fewer sections. Lastly, and most importantly, there is no longer a “guessing penalty,” and so, just like on the ACT, students should bubble all answer choices.

The good news is that despite these changes the SAT remains highly predictable and teachable. Whether students prep on their own or with a tutor, or a combination of the two, there are significant strategies and tricks students can practice in order to dramatically improve their scores. Our tutors know the new SAT. We teach and reinforce the most important strategies and tricks to help students 1) maximize their scoring potential on the SAT and ACT tests and 2) strengthen vital reading, math and writing skills for high school, college and beyond.