New SAT® vs Old SAT® Exam Format: What's Different?

April 25, 2016, 07:06 PM

New SAT Exam

Kranse Institute: New SAT® Prep Expert

Ambitious high school students and their parents have been anxiously anticipating the new SAT® since the College Board announced last year that the SAT® would be newly redesigned, with the first test administered on March 5, 2016. So what’s the difference between the old SAT® and new SAT® besides the fact that it’s now back to a 1600-point scale versus a 2400-point scale? And has Kranse Institute updated its SAT® Prep Expert course to reflect the changes? Yes, it has. Kranse Institute is the first SAT® prep course to design their entire program around the New SAT® format. For the exciting changes, read on!

There are quite a few (mostly welcome) changes to this all-important test for college-bound students.

The structure of the new SAT® versus the old SAT® is quite different, and in our opinion, simpler and easier to understand.


Old SAT®

Current SAT®

Number of Sections

11 (With Experimental Section)

5 (With Optional Essay Section)

Critical Reading Tests

3 Sections (20-25 minutes each)

67 questions

One 65 minute Reading Test

52 Questions

Writing Tests

3 Sections (10-25 minutes each)

49 Questions

35-minute Writing and Language Test

44 Questions

Math Tests

3 Sections (10-25 minutes each)

54 Questions

One 25-minute section without calculator (20 Questions)

One 55 minute section with calculator (38 Questions)

Essay Tests

1 Required Essay Test (25 minutes)

1 Optional Essay Test (50 minutes)


As you can read, the number of sections has been reduced and lengthened, and the essay test is now optional. Great if your writing skills aren’t the best! (Note: Some colleges will require you complete the essay section.)

Not only does the point scale change from 2400 points to 1600, but simplified sections naturally have also changed point attributes.

• The total exam score ranges from 400-1600.
• Evidence-based reading and writing section ranges from 200-800 points
• Math section also ranges from 200-800 points.
• The optional essay section is a separate score.

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Diya Patel on September 24 2016 at 07:30AM

My daughter is in 12th she took one in May she want to take one in oct 2016. Is it to late?

Jennifer Xia on July 01 2016 at 02:11PM


I took my first SAT in ninth grade and scored at 1550. Do you think it’s worth trying again for the 1600?


Jennifer Xia

Anup Kumar on June 27 2016 at 04:23PM

My daughter is going to 9th grade in the fall. I want to know the best time for her to attend this course plus if she can repeat the course in case she wants to retake SAT.

Suzanne on May 27 2016 at 06:45AM

My daughter is going to be a junior in
We came from France 4 years ago
Is it to late for her to take online classes?
Could you tell me the price and other details
Thank you

Nidhi on May 03 2016 at 06:47AM

I wud like to know the duration of the course and the best time to take it.
My daughter is going to 9th grade in the fall do O want to know the best time for her to attend this course plus if she can repeat the course incase she wants to retake SAT.

Stacy on May 02 2016 at 06:17PM

My son is interested starting in this coming school year 2016/2017. He is now completing 10th grade and would like to begin after the summer.
Any info would be greatful !

Urvashi on May 01 2016 at 06:53AM

My daughter is taking her first SAT ON MAY 7th and then another one in Oct. will this corse help or is it too late.

Usha on April 27 2016 at 10:05AM

Hi, I am interested in the program. My daughter is in 9th grade going to 10th this fall. So could you please tell me more details when and how to start the program.


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