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2016 SAT Redesign

In March 2016, the College Board released the redesigned SAT. The redesigned SAT has some significant changes from the old SAT (prior to March 2016). For more information about the redesign, please visit the College Board website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org.

Communication Score Requirements to Students, Parents/Guardians and Counselors

Clear communication to parents, students, and counselors is extremely important to us during this period of transition. **Note: CSU will accept old and new SAT scores for admission.

Freshman Test Score Requirements

The Board of Regents (BoR) sets the minimum admission requirements, including SAT score requirements, for the University System institutions by institutions sector. While BoR sets the minimums, institutions may set requirements that are higher than those score requirements.

Applicants for Fall 2016 - Summer 2020 can use scores from the new SAT or from old SAT tests. To determine if the scores from the new SAT meet the minimum score requirements, we will use the "concordances" (how scores are translated from one version of the SAT to the other) provided by College Board. You may view the concordance table here. CSU will use table 5 of the concordance table to convert the new SAT reading score to the old SAT Critical Reading score. CSU will use table 12 of the concordance table to convert the new SAT Math test score to the old SAT Math section score.

Applicants for Fall 2020 and Beyond should take the new test, but can also submit scores from the old SAT tests prior to March 2016. To determine if the scores from the new SAT meet the minimum score requirements, we will use the "concordances" (how scores are translated from one version of the SAT to the other) provided by College Board. You may view the concordance table here. CSU will use table 5 of the concordance table to convert the new SAT reading score to the old SAT Critical Reading score. CSU will use table 12 of the concordance table to convert the new SAT Math test score to the old SAT Math section score.

What does concordance mean?
Concordance is determining how scores are translated from one version of the SAT to the other.

How will CSU convert scores?
CSU will convert the New SAT Reading scores to Old SAT Critical Reading scores and the New SAT Math Section scores to Old SAT Math Section scores. These converted scores will determine your eligibility.

How do I know what my new converted score will be?
You may view the CollegeBoard SAT Concordance Table or use the Score Converter at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/educators/higher-ed/scoring-changes/concordance. With this table, you will be able to configure your scores for admissions.

What about Superscoring?
Superscoring refers to the practice of considering the highest score for each test section across test dates. We will continue to superscore prior to March 2016 sittings and will also begin superscoring among new SAT (March 2016 and after) sittings. However, we do not superscore between the new and old versions of the test because the scores are not constructed identically.

What about the essay?
The redesigned SAT makes the essay portion optional and CSU does not require the essay portion for our applicants. This is a decision made individually by each university.

What is the difference of score structure for the new SAT?
There are many differences between the score structures of the new SAT versus the tests taken prior to March 2016.

Please visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/understanding-scores/structure for more information.

How long will it take to convert scores?
Please allow 5-7 business days for scores to be converted.

How do I prepare to do well on these tests?
College Board has informed us they have partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. Please use the links below to access some of the test prep resources through College Board:

What sources should I use to keep up to date on information about the redesigned test?
You can continue to check this page and the College Board website for their latest updates at https://www.collegeboard.org/