The SAT (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test) is changing in 2015-16. The NEW information is here…
- Four key points from the College Board:
- There are FOUR parts: Reading, Writing & Language, Math and an optional essay
- 400-1600 score scale
- 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT essay (or 3 hours without it)
- 4 answer choices
- 4 application fee waivers available for every student who qualifies for an SAT fee waiver
- From Amanda Culhan, IDOE: The State Board approved the proposed SAT scores for the Academic Honors Diploma at [September 6, 2017] meeting! You can find more information here. In short, [here] are the scores that passed: Composite score of 1250 or higher with a minimum score of 560 on the math and a 590 on the evidence based reading and writing section.
- Do counselors encourage students to take the essay portion of the SAT?
I suggest it to my soft sciences and liberal arts majors. I rarely suggest it to my hard sciences and math kids.I have always told students, unless you know where you are going and that they do not require it, you should take it. If they have already taken it with essay then I am more inclined to say skip it the second or third time they take it. This year, I have been making it a point to ask better questions when college reps come visit our school and so far the two that we have had (Purdue and DePauw) have both said that they do not require the writing portion.
They do not require it anymore. I typically try to talk my students into taking the ACT, statistics have proven that kids in the Midwest do better on the ACT. For some reason (which we all are aware of) Indiana is an SAT state. But no, I tell them not to mess with the essay anymore and focus on the other aspects. Even when they did require it, they (colleges) didn’t do anything with it, so it was a waste of time, energy and money.
I always recommend students do the writing portion at least once. Most colleges want to get at least one writing score. I do see that several colleges are moving away from that recently. I still recommend it at least once.
I usually tell students to take it with the writing portion at least once just in case they need it.
I do–I have heard of students who have tested out of college English Composition based upon their essay [my own child included] score. They weren’t all honors students, either [but probably had the ability to be].
We’ve always told our students to take the essay portion for both the SAT and the ACT at least once. If they are happy with their essay score then they don’t need to retake the essay portion during later testing dates. Some colleges require the essay, some don’t. This way the student doesn’t limit their option of colleges.
I always suggest my students to take the essay of both the SAT and the ACT at least once. Some colleges do require it ( not a large amount) but I rather them not need to the score and have it then need it and not have taken it.
I do. Only because most of my students use a waiver and it’s free. Those that pay I encourage with writing the first test and then for retests only if they know for sure a school on their list requires it. I am not sure of any in Indiana that require.
In the registration for the SAT, students can search to see if the college requires the essay. Not all colleges indicate that information to College Board, but it is a nice add-on in the registration process. Otherwise, I always recommend that they check with the college/university they are interested in.
Many colleges are going away from requiring it, but I tell my students it’s better to have it and not need it. I recommend that all students take the SAT or the ACT with writing/essay at least one time. Not every time on every test, unless they want. Just one test with it.
Some colleges do… it doesn’t seem like many though.
- What I have learned
- Read more at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
- New SAT Score change for Indiana’s Academic Honors diploma from IDOE (Sept. 2017)-Rule 16-260 Final Rule
- 2018-2019 SAT Fee Waiver Student Brochure
- SAT Fee Waivers
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