How To Prepare for the New SAT

How to prepare for SAT

You study for the SAT, you take all the practice tests, you get to the testing center — and you realize that there’s a new test for you to take.

Sound like a nightmare?

It shouldn’t.

For anyone taking the SAT after this weekend, the test will consist of a whole new set of questions.

But the good news is that it’s going to be ok.

What do student-athletes need to know about what is different in the new SAT?

The new version of the SAT is based heavily on real-world problems and examples, which means that it will ask more questions based on the type of work you do in high school, or read about in articles about the easiest way to get recruited.

Plus? The essay section is going to be optional. Although that depends on which schools you’ll send your results to.

If you’re interested in learning more about the changes to the SAT, CollegeBoard has detailed what to expect. (If you’ve already taken the PSAT or the current SAT, you might recognize that company name — CollegeBoard creates and administers the test.)

How do student-athletes prepare for the new SAT?

You should always take practice tests of the SAT as much as possible, so there aren’t any surprises when you get to the test site.

If you’re registered for NCSA Athletic Recruiting tools to help high school student-athletes, you can also use our partners, like the Princeton Review, to get ready for your test day — for free.

But the most important thing any student-athlete can do to prepare for the new SAT is to remember this fact:

If you’ve already taken an SAT (or will take it this weekend), and then take the redesigned SAT in March or later, the NCAA Eligibility Center will not combine section scores.

You can still take the new SAT as many times as you want, and use your best scores from each section from the time you take it. But that amazing opportunity to supersize your test scores only works for any time you take the same version of the test.

Because the redesigned SAT varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test. (NCAA on test scores)

If you click through that link you’ll see that although the test changes, the NCAA’s sliding scale for GPA and ACT/SAT isn’t really affected.

But remember: your SAT and ACT scores are only a part of the way you present yourself to a school. Your GPA, application and interactions with a coach will all play a role in your admissions process. You’ve got this.

We can help. Unlock access to Princeton Review and other tools. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.