How does the new SAT affect you?

The new SAT test makes a debut in March 2016.  The new test has several noteworthy new changes to the format.  The development of the new SAT test will place a emphasis on the reading and math that students would encounter in the college.

The formatting will change in scoring, length of the test, optional essay requirements, penalty of guessing on questions and the ability to take the test on written or computer format.   You may ask, how are university admissions are viewing the new test and whether you can combine test prior to March and after. 

University testing policy are changing for the students entering in fall 2017 (current juniors).  Many universities are not requiring the optional essay on the new SAT, so as a result admissions will now accept both versions of the ACT (with and without writing).  Admissions will also take the existing SAT as well as the new SAT, which will be offered for the first time in March.  Scoring on both tests will go back to the 1600 scale.  Also, important to note that these new rules do NOT apply to any late freshman apps for Fall 2016.  The notice below is from the Boston University admissions website, an easier way to share this information:

New SAT policy for students applying for September 2017 admission:  Boston University will not require the optional essay on the new SAT test. Additionally, we will no longer require the optional writing component for the ACT. BU will accept both the old SAT and the new SAT for one year only; after that, only the new SAT will be accepted.

Preparation Starts in Ninth Grade

Student-athletes need to prepare early to meet all the academic eligibility requirements of collegiate sports programs.  The College Board, a non-profit organization that promotes college-readiness, recommends that student-athletes begin the process in ninth grade.  Students should consult with their guidance counselors regarding the process.  An important tool is the NCAA worksheets (see pages 15 & 16 of the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete).  Student-athletes can use these worksheets to keep track of their course and grade information. 

As you may know, intercollegiate teams are organized into associations - the three largest being NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA.  Be aware that each association sets the rules regarding academic eligibility requirements, recruiting and athletic scholarships.  For example, prospective Division I and II athletes need to take NCAA-specified core courses beginning in ninth grade.  In contrast, NCAA Division III colleges have no academic eligibility requirements.  Although it may not take much to adjust  your course schedule to meet these requirements, you need to start early!