Changes Coming to the SAT® and PSAT/NMSQT®

The College Board Shares More Details about the 2016 SAT

In spring 2014, the College Board released detailed information about planned changes to the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. The scope of the revision is significant, and the new exams will challenge the stamina, focus, and critical thinking ability of students beginning with the class of 2017. While the old “SAT words” will disappear, new concepts like “Cross-Test Scores”, “Subscores”, and “Primary Sources” will enter the lexicon of students on their path to college.

At Kaplan, our 75-year history has included numerous test changes, and we understand the challenges that come with navigating one. We’ve created this resource center to help you understand the changes and the impact they’ll have, and you can be confident that our team is already working to adjust our curriculum, practice tests, and other resources for the class of 2017 and beyond.

We’ll be on top of any new developments or additional changes over the coming months, so check back often for updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us at SATChange@kaplan.com.


Test Change Timeline

Students in the class of 2015 and 2016 will not be directly impacted by the new SAT. Students who will enter the 2014-2015 academic school year as sophomores - class of 2017 - or younger, however, will have the opportunity to take the new exams.

  • October 2014: Final administration of the current PSAT/NMSQT
  • October 2015: First administration of the new PSAT/NMSQT
  • January 2016: Final administration of the current SAT
  • March 2016: First administration of the new SAT

Summary of Changes to the SAT

Below is a comprehensive chart outlining the full set of changes to the structure and content of the SAT.

*Digital roll-out still to be determined and may not be available at all test sites.

Summary of Changes to the PSAT/NMSQT

The new PSAT/NMSQT will be fully aligned to the revised SAT and will continue to provide students with the opportunity to compete for awards from the National Merit Scholarship Foundation.


**Subject to change based on research

Next Steps

If you’re in the class of 2015 or 2016, these changes will not directly impact you. Check out our free resources and SAT prep program.

If you’re in the class of 2017 or below you’ll be taking the new version of the PSAT and SAT. Check out our free info sessions to learn valuable information and tips for preparing for the new tests.