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Old SAT vs. New SAT

Top 10 Changes Coming to the SAT in 2016

You may have recently heard that the SAT is changing — and changing drastically (some even say it may be more challenging than the current test).

It is easy to get lost in the myriad of changes the College Board has planned for the new SAT, set to debut in the Spring of 2016. So we here at Magoosh have designed this easy-on-the-eyes infographic to make all these changes a little easier to digest.

Check it out, share it with your friends, and let us know what you think about the changes by leaving us a comment at the bottom of the post! 🙂

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Old SAT vs. New SAT


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What do you think? Will the New SAT be harder than the Old SAT? Don’t forget that a new SAT means a new PSAT!. Learn how the PSAT will be changing (hint: there will be more than one!).


About Chris Lele

For the last ten years, Chris has been helping students excel on the SAT and the GRE. In this time, he’s coached 5 students to a perfect SAT score. Some of his GRE students have raised their scores by nearly 400 points. He has taken many GMAT students from the doldrums of the 600s to the coveted land of the 700+. Rumor has it he does a secret happy dance when his students get a perfect score. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog.

6 Responses to “Old SAT vs. New SAT”

  1. Grace says:

    Since the essay became optional, does that mean that only some colleges would require students to have the essay section? Which colleges would ask for it?

    • Chris Lele Chris Lele says:


      Good question!

      It seems that many colleges are going to require the essay, typically the higher rated colleges. If this trend catches on, who knows if the SAT essay will be optional at all 🙁

  2. Lindsay says:

    NOOOOO!!! I much prefer the old version! I’m now going to be a genui pig! And there is now no study material I can rely on. Plus, I’m terrible at math so adding pre-calculus and trigonometry, no calculators, more graphs and ect. Is not good for me. Why do they have to change it? lol it was doing fine (except for the obscure vocab). They are making it more like the ACT. Might as well, just take off the SAT and only have the ACT. ACT was more subject based, SAT was more a reasoning (which I much preferred) now they are making it both subject based?

    • Chris Lele Chris Lele says:

      Yes, I know. I hear you. I think a great test is being lost and replaced with one that is more similar to the ACT–and therefore less necessary. And you’re right: the emphasis on reasoning. We are going to lose that. I wonder how, exactly, that will change the make-up of some of the IVY league’s freshman classes. Who knows?

      The good news is we’ll have some material out for the new test at some point, so you won’t have to worry about going into the test completely cold 🙂

  3. Valerie says:

    Was the PSAT that students took in the fall of 2015 
    based on the new SAT or the old version? 

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