The SAT is now the state-provided college readiness test for high school Juniors, and serves as the state-mandated accountability test for high schools. The ACT has been the state-provided college entrance test for many years, but the State of Illinois recently awarded the contract to the College Board, providers of the SAT and Advanced Placement tests. Results from the SAT and the ACT are accepted by colleges and universities nationwide.
The SAT underwent a significant redesign in 15/16, and the new SAT consists of:
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (scored from 200 - 800)
- Math (scored from 200 - 800)
- SAT Essay: Optional- scored separately (scored from 2 - 8) (50 minutes)
Most generally, the SAT reports two scores: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math. Each are scored on a scale of 200 - 800. The overall score is reported as the sum of both, ranging from 400 - 1600. The optional essay is scored separately, and scores range from 2 - 8.
In addition, the SAT also reports two cross-test scores: Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. These scores are based on certain questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math tests that ask students to think analytically about texts and questions in these subject areas. Cross-test scores are reported on a scale of 10–40.