In March of 2016, the College Board launched a redesigned SAT or “new SAT” with a different structure from the previous SAT or “old SAT”. After March 1, 2016, only the New SAT will be offered to students who wish to take the SAT. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about how the new SAT affects Admissions and scholarships at HBU.
What version of the SAT will HBU accept?
For 2017 applicants, HBU will accept both the old SAT and the new SAT.
Is the SAT essay required?
The new SAT includes an optional essay portion, and the essay can be taken but is not required at HBU.
How will this affect “super-scoring” of SAT scores?
Many students applying to HBU choose to take the SAT or ACT more than once. Super-scoring is the practice of taking the highest sub scores from different test dates of either the SAT or ACT and combining them to create a new, higher super-score. HBU will super-score across different sittings of the old SAT or the new SAT. However, HBU will only super-score between new or old versions of the SAT (ie. across 2 new versions or 2 old versions) and not between the old and new SAT because the scores are not constructed the same way and are not equivalent.
How are scores converted?
The College Board is providing all colleges and universities with concordances, which explain how scores from the old SAT translate to the new one.
What about scholarships?
Incoming, first-time freshmen will automatically be considered for merit awards based on high school class rank and test scores from the SAT or ACT. The College Board is providing all colleges and universities with concordances, which explain how scores from the old SAT translate to the new SAT. HBU is closely reviewing this information to determine our final score ranges for freshman merit awards and final admissions standards for the 2017-18 academic year. We will ensure that neither version of the SAT has an advantage over the other, even if numeric scores are different. Visit our scholarships page to find out more about HBU merit awards.