A redesigned version of the SAT was launched in March 2016. For more information about the redesign, please visit the College Board website.

To see how your old scores will look compared to the new ones, check out College Board’s new SAT Score Converter tool.

Understanding the SAT Redesign

What has changed in the redesigned SAT?

The redesigned SAT has two 800-point sections instead of three. Math will still be Math, but the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing will combine components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section. The essay portion of the redesigned SAT will also now become optional, and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.

Will you superscore the redesigned SAT?

Yes. We will continue to take your highest score from each section and combine them to give you a 'superscore’. We will use that superscore in our admission and scholarship decisions.

Will you superscore the current version of the SAT with the redesigned version?

No. We will superscore results from the same version of the exam, but we will not mix scores from the two versions.

How will you evaluate scores from the current version of the SAT with those from the redesigned version?

The College Board released a concordance table that allows universities to compare scores from the prior version of the test with those from the redesigned version.

I took the SAT years ago, do I need to take it again?

No, you’re welcome to submit any SAT scores you have available. Test scores are not required for transfer students who have completed a minimum of 24 college credit hours.

Do you prefer the SAT over the ACT?

No. CU Boulder does not have a preference between the ACT and SAT. Used in combination with your grades and rigor of curriculum, both have proven equally reliable in predicting academic success at CU Boulder.