Sharpen Those No. 2 Pencils

May 26, 2004 1 min read

The SAT: Reasoning Test will be administered for the first time in March 2005, aimed at the high school class of 2006. The most significant change is the addition of a writing section, which will test students’ ability to write the first draft of a reasoned argument on the essay topic. The new PSAT, the preliminary test that students take as practice for the college-entrance exam, will be administered for the first time this October.

Current SAT New SAT
Verbal Content includes reading comprehension, sentence completions, and analogies. Renamed Critical Reading, Analogies eliminated. Short critical-reading passages added.
Math Content includes basic arithmetic, Algebra 1, geometry, and quantitative comparisons. Quantitative comparisons eliminated. Advanced algebra added.
Writing Does not exist. Multiple-choice questions on grammar and usage and a 25-minute essay added.
Length 3 hours 3 hours, 45 minutes
Scores Verbal: 200- 800 Math: 200-800 Critical Reading: 200- 800 Math: 200- 800 Writing: 200-800
SOURCE: The College Board

A version of this article appeared in the May 26, 2004 edition of Education Week as Sharpen Those No. 2 Pencils