Carol Wood

If you are a 9th-grade student this year, you will take the new, redesigned PSAT in October 2015 as a sophomore.  By now you have probably heard that the PSAT and SAT are changing, so I would like to share with you a few of the revisions.

The new SAT will be a 3-hour test and will consist of two sections; mathematics and reading/writing/language.  Both the math and evidence-based reading, writing and language sections will be scored between 200 and 800 points for a total possible score of 1600.  There will be an optional 50-minute essay section, which will be scored separately from 2 to 8 in three areas; reading, analysis, and writing. The essay will require students to analyze a provided reading passage and explain how the author built his/her argument to persuade the reader.  The essay will indicate students’ readiness for college-level writing.



College Board, who authors the SAT, has indicated that the new SAT will focus on the knowledge and skills that research shows are most critical for students’ college and career readiness.

Total Learning Concepts will offer practice testing on the new PSAT and SAT this summer, along with preparation classes for those students who desire to get ahead and be ready for the new test!  Check our website in March for details!

Carol is the founder and CEO of Total Learning Concepts, which provides academic tutorial support, SAT & ACT test preparation, accredited course work, and college admissions counseling and coaching to students of all ages and grade levels. 

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