Good morning/afternoon/evening, Magoosh readers. Mr. B here with some important information that you will need to know if you’ve taken both the old and new SAT. The College Board has tweaked the scoring system, so you have a set of old scores and new scores, you might be left scratching your head about the difference. More importantly, you need to know if your new scores really indicate whether or not your score improved, or just a quirk in the new scoring system.
Never fear! The following chart contains the conversions between old SAT to new SAT math scores. While you’re at it, make sure to check out ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart for more information about converting scores between different standardized tests.
|Old SAT Math Section (200-800)||New SAT Math Section (200-800)||New SAT Math Test (10-40)|
Why the Change?
Good question. The good news is that the Math you studied in school is still preparing you for the SAT. The biggest changes have to do with the test’s focus. Let’s take a look.
Real World Applications: Math questions on the new SAT are modeled around math/science/social science classes you will take in college, the jobs that you might have in life, and your personal life. Expect to use your Math knowledge in a brand new way.
Focus: SAT Math questions now have three areas of focus:
- Data Analysis
- ‘Passport to Advanced Math,’ which includes much of the Math taught in a second year Algebra course.
Of course, geometry and trigonometry questions still appear on the SAT Math test, but you might notice fewer of these types of questions.
Grid-In Questions: For 22% of all test questions, you provide the answer on your bubble sheet rather than choosing from a list of options. Grid-in questions link back to SAT’s goal to have students use Math in practical ways rather than just answering multiple choice questions.
Well, that’s all for now, Magooshers. Best of luck in getting ready for the SAT!
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About Thomas Broderick
Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.
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