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
- Q: Does anyone know if the new SAT requirement for the class of 2023 (SAT given in spring of 2022) will be with or without the essay part included?
- A: The information on the IDOE website at https://www.doe.in.gov/
assessment/high-school- assessment says “The SAT is taken at school during the school day at a time specified by IDOE. It is an online assessment with paper provided as an accommodation only. The SAT consists of multiple-choice and numeric response items along with one essay.”
- A: The information on the IDOE website at https://www.doe.in.gov/
- Q: I received a package with fee waiver information, but it didn’t contain any fee waivers. Did anyone receive theirs without waivers? (August 2020)
- A: The College Board is not giving out paper waivers this year. You should have received a spreadsheet with a list of 25 waiver codes to give out to your students.
- After some research, I found out that they give you waivers based on how many new student waivers you gave out the previous year. Students who have used a waiver in the past can use their previous number one more time for a total of 2 tests.
- Q: Are colleges recommending students take the SAT for admissions for the 21-22 school year (our current seniors who missed the Spring window due to COVID-19)?
- A: Your question is a good one, but there are multiple answers. In light of the current situation, MANY colleges have announced that they are test optional either temporarily or moving forward. But my advice is to not assume anything. I’m telling students/parents to check the college websites carefully regarding their testing policy for this admission cycle. I’m also suggesting that they get a test score under their belt if they can do so, in order to keep all options open. If a student definitely knows where they wish to apply, and they can confirm that those schools are test optional, then they don’t need to stress about making sure they get a test behind them. It’s also important to note that while some schools have indicated that they are test optional for admissions purposes, some are still expecting scores for scholarship consideration. I’ve been pleased to see that many are truly going test optional on all fronts, but certainly not all. In sum: encourage students to READ the websites carefully and ASK the admissions office if they need clarification or first-hand interpretation of the policy.
- Q: Can anyone please share their policy, legal guidance, best practice, anecdotes, or anything regarding students who want to remove only certain SAT/ACT test scores from their transcript?
- A: We made the decision to remove ALL SAT/ACT scores from the transcript when the test optional movement started to grow. There is no way we can keep track of which schools are test optional and which students are applying that way. I also know that this can become an access issue for low income students so we are proactive in making sure that they are given fee waivers.
- A: We have had this request more and more recently. We tell the students that if they want their scores removed, they have to take ALL the ACT or SAT scores off.. not pick and choose which scores they want for the tests.
- A: We don’t transcribe any college admissions test scores. I decided to stop when PU/IU said they wouldn’t consider them valid on a transcript. I also think it inserts unnecessary human error and issues such as what you are encountering.
- A: While test optional is becoming more prominent and there is room for error, although SAT and ACT now both have online platforms for the scores to be loaded electronically, I feel like we need to put the test scores on the transcript so that our students don’t have to continue to pay College Board and ACT exorbitant amounts of money to send the test scores when they apply to colleges. I feel like I talk until I’m blue in the face for students to take advantage of the 4 score sends when they register for these tests, but they just don’t do it. We still have a LOT of colleges in Indiana that will accept the test scores off of our transcripts. We also have more colleges that are allowing students to self-report scores. If we are not putting test scores on the transcript, then our students will be forced to pay more money to these testing companies. I don’t think that is fair to our students.
- A: Many will accept it for application, just not for admittance. So it does save money for one part at least.
- Q: Can anyone give me any guidance with the new SAT payment system?
- A: Go to your ETS account. Then select edit/remove staff. From there you can search for each staff member as if you were going to edit their profile information. Within the edit, there is a section that shows if they have completed their velocity account and it’s time stamped.
- Accommodations for PSAT/SAT
- Q: Any high school counselors know who is responsible for making sure an IEP student receives their accommodations on the SAT and/or ACT? (Counselor Talk, January 2019)
- A: Because our school is small, the counselors apply for the accommodations through SAT/ACT. The special ed dept works with us to tell us which students plan to take the tests.
- A: I am a small school and do apply for accommodations.
- A: I am at a huge school (Carmel High School) and we are responsible for submitting all the accommodations requests. We have really tried to streamline it by having the paperwork signed during the freshman case conferences so that the students will be approved for accommodations when they take the PSAT sophomore year. I’m attaching the packet that parents have to fill out to request accommodations. This has really helped us in this process.
- A: At the high school level the special education department should be responsible for this. In my opinion school counselors shouldn’t be responsible for requesting accommodations and proctoring these exams.
- 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.
- Q: Do counselors encourage students to take the essay portion of the SAT?
- A: 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.
- A: 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.
- A: 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.
- A: I usually tell students to take it with the writing portion at least once just in case they need it.
- A: 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].
- A: 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.
- A: 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.
- A: 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.
- A: 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.
- A: 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.
- A: Some colleges do… it doesn’t seem like many though.
- 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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