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SAT Redesign Information

College Board began administering a redesigned version of the SAT in March 2016. The first group of students to primarily take the redesigned SAT will be the entering freshman Class of 2017 (college graduating Class of 2021). We encourage all students and families to learn more about the new SAT by utilizing the extensive resources on the College Board website:

I am a current high school senior (graduating Class of 2017). Which test does Whitworth accept?

You have options. Whitworth will accept scores from the old SAT (prior to March 2016), the redesigned SAT (offered in March 2016 or later), the ACT, or any combination of those exams. Applicants with a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher may also choose to complete a phone interview with an admissions counselor instead of submitting SAT or ACT scores.

Will Whitworth require the optional essay section on the new SAT?

No. Whitworth University does not require the optional ACT writing section and will not require, or review scores from, the optional essay section in the new SAT. All applications for admission to Whitworth include a writing sample or essay, and we review these writing samples carefully during the application-review process.

If I took the SAT previously and I will also take the redesigned SAT, which scores should I send to Whitworth?

Please send both sets of scores to Whitworth.

If I take both versions of the SAT, will Whitworth superscore my scores?

Superscoring is the college practice of looking at the highest scores a student has earned on each section of a test, even if the tests were taken on different dates, and combining them into a composite score. Because the two versions of the SAT will differ significantly, the College Board (which administers the SAT) advises against superscoring across the two types of SAT. If you took the old SAT multiple times we will superscore your scores from the old exam, and if you take the new SAT multiple times we will superscore your scores from the new exam, but we will not combine your superscores from the two versions.

How can I prepare for the SAT?

College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free practice resources to all students. Get started at