2016 SAT Redesign Policy

The College Board began offering a redesigned SAT in March 2016. Applicants to the University of Arkansas for any 2016 term may submit pre-March 2016 SAT scores or scores from the redesigned SAT for admission and scholarship purposes. Because of key differences between the two exam formats, we will not calculate a superscore between the new and old SAT versions.

Applicants for 2017 or beyond should take the redesigned test but can also submit scores from the pre-March 2016 version.

Detailed information about the redesigned exam is available on the College Board's website. Please also see the frequently asked questions below.

FAQs

How is the new SAT different?
The redesigned SAT has two 800-point sections instead of three. Math is still math, but components of the critical reading section and writing section will now be used to create the evidence-based reading and writing score. Also, the essay portion is now optional and does not factor in the evidence-based reading and writing section.
Has superscoring changed?
SAT superscoring refers to combining a student's best critical reading score from one sitting of the SAT with her or his best math score from another. Superscores do not include the writing section.

The University of Arkansas superscores for admission and scholarship purposes, but superscores are not considered as a part of the Honors College fellowship application. We will continue to superscore among pre-March exams, and will also superscore among new SAT (March 2016 and after) scores as more exams are offered. We cannot superscore between new and old versions of the SAT because of key differences between the two exam formats.
What about the essay?
Please see the College Board's website for additional information about the essay component of the redesigned SAT. The redesigned essay is scored on a scale of 2-8 points and is not a factor in the 1600 point scale used to measure combined math and evidence-based reading and writing scores. The essay is optional, and the University of Arkansas does not require it as part of the application for admission.
How does the redesigned SAT affect scholarships?
SAT scores will still be considered as part of the scholarship application. However, scores from the two SAT versions will not be superscored. Additionally, superscores are not considered as part of the Honors College fellowship application.
What sources should I use to keep up to date on information about the redesigned test?
Admissions Counselors at the University of Arkansas are available to answer any questions you may have about the redesigned SAT. You can also speak to an admissions counselor by calling (800) 377-UofA.

We also recommend that you continue to check the College Board's website for any updates related to the redesigned SAT.

Redesigned SAT to ACT Concordance Table

New SAT Total
(400-1600)
ACT Composite Score
1600 36
1590 35
1580 35
1570 35
1560 35
1550 34
1540 34
1530 34
1520 34
1510 33
1500 33
1490 33
1480 32
1470 32
1460 32
1450 32
1440 31
1430 31
1420 31
1410 30
1400 30
1390 30
1380 29
1370 29
1360 29
1350 29
1340 28
1330 28
1320 28
1310 28
1300 27
1290 27
1280 27
1270 26
1260 26
New SAT Total
(400-1600)
ACT Composite Score
1250 26
1240 26
1230 25
1220 25
1210 25
1200 25
1190 24
1180 24
1170 24
1160 24
1150 23
1140 23
1130 23
1120 22
1110 22
1100 22
1090 21
1080 21
1070 21
1060 21
1050 20
1040 20
1030 20
1020 20
1010 19
1000 19
990 19
980 19
970 18
960 18
950 18
940 18
930 17
920 17
910 17
New SAT Total
(400-1600)
ACT Composite Score
900 17
890 16
880 16
870 16
860 16
850 15
840 15
830 15
820 15
810 15
800 14
790 14
780 14
770 14
760 14
750 13
740 13
730 13
720 13
710 12
700 12
690 12
680 12
670 12
660 12
650 12
640 12
630 12
620 11
610 11
600 11
590 11
580 11
570 11
560 11