Will The New SAT Test Changes Affect My Teenager?

2014 March 21

Have you seen all the chatter about the changes CollegeBoard will be making to the SAT Test?


Students SAT TEST CHANGES in 2016CollegeBoard is the company that administers the test in  case you didn’t know. And they have a new CEO and some big shakeups are going on over there!?

There are 8 Surprising Changes in the SAT Test, and you can read about the changes on the CollegeBoard website.

The main thing that will affect my daughter who is due to take the SAT again in the fall of 2014 is… WELL… NOTHING.


Because the changes in the SAT won’t go into effect until 2016.

Basically FRESHMAN right now are the first ones that will see the test changes. So my daughter who is in 7th grade will definitely take the new test. Let’s hope all the bugs are worked out by then!

SAT Test Changes for 2016 how will it affect my kids.

Something that IS different right now is the effort CollegeBoard is making to get example tests into kids hands at no cost to them. Starting next month students will be able to see a complete collection of sample test questions.

I went to my favorite college test prep experts over at TestRocker.com to see what they had to say about the upcoming changes for the SAT. On the TestRocker Blog they share their take on the changes and how it will impact students.

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Some of the most surprising changes to me:

  • No more penalizing for wrong answers. GEEZ I thought that was dumb anyway! GOOD change.
  • Essay is now optional. I never had to write an essay when I took the tests? So I don’t know if this is good or bad?
  • There may be a chance for your student to take the test on a computer instead of filling in those painful dots! Definitely Good.
  • And my favorite change… they PROMISE they will only include regularly used vocabulary words in the vocab portions of the test. Finally? How many of these ‘WORST SAT VOCAB’ words do you use on a regular basis?

—Turgid, Unctuous, Phlegmatic, Abjure, Acrimony, Obstreperous—

Yeah. ALL THE TIME. Not.

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  1. March 26, 2014

    Sounds like mostly good changes. My girls will definitely have to do this and maybe there will be even more changes before then too. Great informative post.
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