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The redesign of the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT — and the new data layout for electronic score reporting — means that your college has to adapt processes and technology. The College Board is ready to support you in your implementation work.


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A Collaborative Effort

Implementing change requires close collaboration across divisions. Representatives from all of these groups will need to coordinate their efforts:

  • Academic advising
  • Admission
  • Athletics
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Information technology
  • Institutional research
  • Marketing
  • Records and registration
  • Recruitment
  • Vendors

Vendor Outreach

The College Board is working with leading IT vendors to ensure smooth integration of the redesigned SAT into all of the leading systems used by admission offices. Here is a partial list of the vendors we have been meeting with:

  • Campus Management
  • Ellucian
  • Hobsons
  • Jenzabar
  • Oracle
  • PeopleSoft
  • SAP

Student Cohorts Affected

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in March 2016. The entering class of 2017 will be the first cohort to have primarily taken the redesigned SAT. However, some students will have taken the SAT before March 2016 and then the redesigned SAT later. In these cases, we recommend that students send both scores to the colleges they apply to.

Testing Options for the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018

A timeline depicts the transition from the current PSAT/NMSQT and SAT tests to the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and SAT tests. A legend below shows that the first administration of the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT will be in October 2015. The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in spring 2016. Class of 2016: In order to meet the majority of admission deadlines, most students will take the current SAT. Students considering rolling admissions or a gap year may take the redesigned SAT toward the end of their senior year. Class of 2017: Some students may take the current SAT in October, November, and December 2015, and in January 2016; most students will take the redesigned SAT in March of 2016. Some students may take both versions. Class of 2018 and beyond: All students in the class of 2018 and beyond will take the redesigned SAT.


Stay on track and make sure your college is ready for the redesigned assessments.


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A big year in the redesign timeline, 2016 features key milestones.

  • Milestone: First redesigned SAT offered in March; first scores received on campus.
  • Milestone: College Board Search tools updated.
  • Milestone: First search orders received using redesigned PSAT/NMSQT.
  • To-do: Decide how to use redesigned SAT scores in next year’s admission cycle. Consider the implications for scholarships and placement, as well as admission.


Welcome the entering class of 2017, the first cohort to primarily take the redesigned SAT.

  • To-do: Use redesigned SAT scores for admission, scholarships, placement, and other campus decisions throughout winter, spring, and summer. Continue to use SAT scores from before March 2016 as well.
  • To-do: Create first enrollment reports and trend analysis using the redesigned SAT in the fall.