Students NOT affected by the changes in the SAT I are current 11th and 12th graders.
They will be taking the current SAT I. Tenth graders MUST take the new PSAT in 2004, but have a choice of taking either the old SAT I format or the new one. However, those students who are not yet in 10th grade will all be taking the new SAT I, which will be administered for the first time in March 2005.
( new section)
- Multiple-choice questions (grammar and usage)
- Student-written essay
Critical Reading
( currently called verbal)
- Analogies eliminated
- Short reading passages added to existing long reading
  - Math content expanded to include topics from third-year preparatory math
- Quantitative comparisons eliminated
According to The College Board and ETS, the new SAT I Math section will expand math topics to include exponential growth, absolute value, and functional notation. There will be more problems dealing with linear functions, manipulations with exponents, and properties of tangent lines. The quantitative comparison items will be completely eliminated from the New SAT I Math section.
The biggest change to the SAT I is the addition of the Writing section, which gets a completely separate score from the Verbal section (to be renamed the Critical Reading section). Therefore, the highest total score students could receive will no longer be 1600; it will be 2400! The Writing section includes a student-written essay and multiple choice questions that test grammar, usage, and style. Analogies will be totally eliminated from the test, and short (1 paragraph each) passages with 2-3 questions will be added to the existing longer critical reading passages and questions.
For more details on the PSAT and SAT I changes, click here.