As reported by Nick Anderson, on the retooled SAT, the emphasis is on measuring “core skills taught in school, such as reading charts, analyzing evidence and applying algebra in mathematical problems.” One caveat, though: “It turns out that the new test comes with a degree of score inflation…

Among his other findings:

  1. The “guessing penalty” has been eliminated.
  2. The number of possible answer choices is now 4 instead of 5.
  3. While the old SAT designed in 2005 covered math, critical reading and writing for a total perfect score of 2400, the new one is worth just 1600, as in the old days, and with only two required sections: math and evidence-based reading and writing.

And so…

  • A score of 1200 on the new SAT corresponds to the old 1130.
  • A new SAT score of 1300 equals the old 1230.
  • A new SAT score of 1400 equals the old 1340.
  • A new SAT score of 1500 equals 1460.

However, explains Anderson, “A new 1600 is just as perfect as an old 1600.”

Now, whether you see this as a step in the right direction or not, be advised that college admissions officers are in the know and will factor in the score inflation when looking over the applications of 2017’s high school seniors…

And now you know, too.