The SAT was redesigned in spring 2016. We encourage all students and families to learn more about the new SAT by utilizing the extensive resources on the College Board website.
We require all U.S. applicants for freshman admission, and certain transfer applicants, to submit SAT or ACT scores. While these scores are an important part of an application, they are considered along with other requirements. SAT or ACT scores allow us to see how well applicants do in areas fundamental to predicting college readiness, using a third-party tool that is not influenced by local grading practices. In that regard, they are helpful. However, we are aware that tests have limitations, so we place much higher emphasis on high school curriculum and grade point average.
What is changing?
The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three. There will still be a Math section, but components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section will be used to create the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. Also, the essay portion will now become optional, and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
Are exams superscored?
Superscoring refers to combining a student's best Critical Reading score from one sitting of the SAT with his or her best Math score from another. This is a practice at Manhattan College for both admissions and scholarship consideration. We currently do not consider the Writing score for either. At this time, we plan to continue superscoring. Please note that we do not superscore the ACT, only the SAT.
Which test should I take?
We will use the current SAT, the redesigned SAT and the ACT for admission and scholarship consideration. We consider them equally as distinct exams and we will continue to consider only your best exam scores. We will also use concordances (how scores from one version translate into the other one), released by the College Board to ensure that neither score is advantaged over the other, even if the numeric scores are slightly different.