As you may already know, the SAT will be changing rather significantly. Dr. Ira Wolf, the president of PowerPrep and the author of Barron’s SAT is already at work revising the book to reflect all of the upcoming changes.
The new SAT will be given for the first time in March of 2016. So, no current senior or junior will be affected. All seniors should have already taken the SAT at least once last year; many will retake the SAT this fall, but, of course, that will be the current SAT with which they are already familiar.
All current juniors will take the PSAT in October and the current SAT this year; if they decide to retake the SAT in an effort to improve their scores, they can take the current SAT between October and January of their senior year.
The best strategy for them is to do some preparation before the PSAT and then build on that foundation and seriously prepare for the SAT in the winter or spring.
Current sophomores have a big decision to make. One option is to follow the same path as current juniors: prepare for this year’s PSAT and then take the current SAT in March; next fall, as juniors, they can retake the current SAT. They can be finished with their SAT by January 2015, avoiding the new SAT. Or they can take the SAT for the first time in March or May of their junior year. If you would like help in making a decision about which SAT to take, come to one of Dr. Wolf’s talks on Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Judea of Manhasset, 333 Searingtown Rd. or on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble – Carle Place. Visit powerprepcourses.com or call 516-484-4468 for more details.