Five Things International Students Need to Know About the Redesigned SAT®
Five Things International Students Need to Know About the Redesigned SAT®College Board Communications
On March 5, we announced major changes to the SAT®. The exam, which is accepted at almost all colleges and universities in the United States, is now more focused than ever on testing the few things that matter most for college and career readiness.
As international students prepare for the first administration of the redesigned exam in spring 2016, here are five things they should know:
- During the process of redesigning the exam, the College Board International team engaged in conversations about the SAT with educators throughout the world. In addition, meetings with university admission leaders from across the U.S. included specific discussions on issues related to the international student experience. Their input and feedback helped ensure that the exam would remain relevant and meaningful for international students. We are also rigorously testing the exam through content reviews and individual item testing to ensure that it is valid and fair for all students.
- The redesigned SAT measures the skills and knowledge that are essential for college and career readiness. This is true for all students, regardless of geography.
- All students will benefit from having a clear understanding of what to expect when they take the exam. Every time students take the redesigned SAT, they will encounter a passage from one of the U.S. founding documents or the great global conversation they inspire. This refers to texts written not only in the United States but also important international texts, including pieces by Mahatma Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, and Henry David Thoreau. Students do not need to have previous knowledge of any of the documents to successfully perform the analysis needed to answer the questions. The answer to every question in the Reading section will be based on the information provided by the reading passage.
- Rigorous course work — such as that done in the best classrooms around the world — will be the best preparation for the SAT.
- As test day approaches, students can use our free test-prep resources to become familiar with the exam and hone their skills. Through a partnership with Khan Academy, we are making practice materials for the redesigned SAT available at no cost to students around the world. For students taking the current SAT, free practice materials are already available.
Find out more information about the redesigned SAT.