Starting in the spring of 2016, College Board is launching an updated version of the SAT. To review the information about this change as explained by College Board, please visit their website directly at this link.
As an institution, we will begin to receive scores in the new format in mid-May of 2016. If you took a test prior to March 2016, you took the old format test and we likely already have your scores. Check with your admissions counselor to make sure.
As this transition to a new SAT format moves forward, we are receiving many questions about how this change will affect our students applying for the fall of 2017 and beyond. Below are some frequently asked questions, but please check back here often, as we’ll be updating this page as we continue to navigate this transition.
FAQs: New SAT Design
The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three. Math will still be Math, but components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section will be used to create the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. Also, the essay portion will now become optional and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
Superscoring, which refers to combining a student's best Critical Reading score from one sitting of the SAT with her/his best Math score from another, is a practice at George Fox University for both admissions and scholarships. We have also superscored the writing section. We will continue to superscore among pre-March sittings and will also begin superscoring among new SAT (March 2016 and after) sittings. However, we do not plan to superscore between new and old versions of the test because the scores will not be constructed the same way. (Note: We do not superscore the ACT, only the SAT).
The redesigned SAT makes the essay portion optional, and we will not require it of our applicants. This is a decision each university will make individually. You are welcome to provide scores that include the essay and can rest easy that we will not let a low essay score disadvantage you in the George Fox admissions process in any way.
Relating to the superscoring answer above, scores from the two SAT versions will not be mixed in determining recipients for admissions-related merit scholarships. We don't yet know if, say, a 620 on the current Critical Reading section will mean the same as a 620 on the new Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. Once concordance tables are released, we will post a link on this page for your convenience and finalize our plans for scores required for our scholarships.
It is very exciting that the College Board informs us they have partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. If you try this, let us know your feedback on whether it helped!
Please note that this information is only applicable for George Fox University. You should connect directly to any other college you are considering for the best information about how they'll use the redesigned test, and continue to check the College Board's own website for their latest updates.
Again, our hope as an admissions office is to help you navigate the process of applying to George Fox University. If you have any questions about the information you see above, please contact your admissions counselor.