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Information about the Redesigned SAT

In March 2016, the College Board launched a redesigned version of the SAT, which we are referring to as the rSAT.  The College Board provides an overview of changes for the rSAT as well as free tools to help students prepare for taking this test. Beginning with the summer and fall 2018 entering class, we will only consider rSAT scores for admission and scholarship purposes. Please note, students must send all scores from all test attempts.

Many students and parents have contacted us about the redesigned SAT (rSAT) as it relates to admissions at the University of South Carolina. We have attempted to answer the most frequent questions below and will update this site periodically with information about the rSAT as it becomes available.


Q:  What if I decide to take the rSAT and I do considerably better based on the concordance tables? Can my decision change? Can I get a scholarship?

 A: For fall 2016 admission, we will not consider rSAT for admission. For spring, summer and fall 2017 entry terms, we will use the score that offers the greatest advantage in the admissions decision. Beginning with the fall 2018 entering class, we will only consider rSAT scores for admission and scholarship purposes. Scores received by our credentials deadline will be considered for admissions and scholarship purposes.    

                            

Q:  I am a South Carolina resident. How will the rSAT impact my eligibility for LIFE and Palmetto Fellows awards?

A: Beginning with the fall 2018 entry term, CHE will only consider rSAT and ACT scores for LIFE and Palmetto Fellows eligibility. 

 

Q: How will test scores be used for admission and scholarship purposes?

A: USC will use the test score that provides the greatest advantage in the admissions and scholarship process. When evaluating rSAT scores we will consider the best combination of the evidence-based reading/writing and math sections.

There are two kinds of tests which can be considered for admission, rSAT, or ACT. Even though you are submitting scores from all test types, we will use the score that offers the greatest advantage in the admissions and scholarship process, provided they are submitted by stated deadlines.

 

Q: Since the test is so new, should I avoid the rSAT and take the ACT instead? Is this sound advice?

A: This is not a good reason to skip the rSAT or a justification to take the ACT. You will not know how you’ll do unless you take the test. We will still require scores of all test attempts and we will use the score that gives you the best advantage in the admissions process, whichever score that may be.

 

Q: Do I have to take the writing section?

A: The rSAT will include an optional essay section. USC does not recommend or require the writing section.