As of March 2016, the College Board has launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the redesign—what they’ve changed, and why it matters—please visit the College Board website.
We continue to receive questions from students, parents, counselors, and the public about the new test in relation to the admission process at Valpo; the answers below should help you a great deal. Still have questions after that? Let us know by connecting with your admission counselor.
Applicants for 2017 or beyond should take the new test, but can also submit scores from the pre-March 2016 version, knowing that Valpo will use scores from either one in a way that ensures equity. With extensive information from the College Board regarding “concordances” (how scores from one version translate into the other one), we will ensure that neither score is advantaged over the other, even if the numeric scores are slightly different. (To see how your old scores will look compared to the new ones, check out this brand-new tool from the College Board.)
What is new about the test?
The redesigned SAT has 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. (To see how your old scores will look compared to the new ones, check out this tool from the College Board.)
What about superscoring?
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 Valpo for both admission and scholarships. We will continue to superscore among pre-March 2016 sittings, and will also begin superscoring among new SAT (March 2016 and after) sittings.
What about the essay?
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 admission process in any way.