This spring the College Board will release their redesigned SAT. There are several changes that will impact students taking the test and how scores will be considered for admissions purposes at VCU. Please take a moment to review the FAQ’s below; if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us for further assistance.
What is the new SAT?
The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The essay portion of the test will now become optional and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. Students will be tested on relevant vocabulary words used throughout their lives. The penalization for wrong answers will also be removed. (cited from The College Board
Will VCU require the optional essay with the redesigned SAT?
No, we will not require the essay from our applicants.
When will the redesigned SAT first be administered?
The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be March 2016.
Do you prefer SAT over the ACT?
No. We encourage students to take the exam that suits them best. Some students opt to submit scores from both exams; others take advantage of our score optional review
. In cases where students submit scores from both exams, we will use the results that are most advantageous to the student.
How can students be considered for score optional review?
Freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 may request that their application be reviewed without submitting standardized test scores. Applicants should request to be considered for admission to the university without test scores on the application for admission.
Are there exceptions to the score optional review policy?
Yes. SAT or ACT scores are required for applicants who wish to be considered for VCU’s merit-based scholarships (the Presidential, Provost and Deans’ scholarships); students applying to the VCU Honors College and the School of Engineering; home schooled students; and non-native English speakers.
How can students prepare for the redesigned SAT?
The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free and personalized practice resources: www.khanacademy.org/sat