The administration of the redesigned SAT began in March 2016. The redesigned SAT will primarily impact those enrolling in college in the fall of 2017. Students enrolling in college in the fall of 2018 will likely have taken the redesigned SAT.  

Class of 2017:

Students have the option of submitting results from the previous or redesigned SAT. Notre Dame will accept and consider scores from both tests for admission and scholarship consideration. Please have your official scores sent directly from the College Board.

Class of 2018 and beyond:

The majority of students will have taken the redesigned SAT. If students have taken the previous SAT, Notre Dame will accept these scores as well. Please have your official scores sent directly from the College Board.

Why did the SAT change?

According to the College Board, the changes “support college readiness and success for more students and ensure that those who are prepared take full advantage of the opportunities they’ve earned through their hard work. Because a test alone can’t change student outcomes, assessments such as the SAT must be integrated with rigorous classroom instruction, and through their results, propel students to greater opportunities. The redesigned SAT will reward productive use of classroom time and a focus on rigorous course work.”

When did the SAT change?

The administration of the new SAT began in March 2016.

What are the changes to the redesigned SAT?

The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math test asks students to support their answers with evidence, vocabulary they’ll use long after they’ve taken the exam, an essay prompt asking them to analyze a writer’s argument, and multi-step problems requiring math applied to real-world contexts.

There are two required sections on the redesigned SAT: 1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 2) Math. The total SAT composite score will be reported on a scale ranging from 400-1600, with 200-800 as the range of scores for each of the two sections, not including the essay section. For additional information, visit the College Board’s Redesigned SAT page.

Does Notre Dame require students to take the essay portion of the exam?

No. The essay is not required. Each university decides individually whether they will require applicants to complete the essay.

Does Notre Dame have a preference for the previous SAT or the redesigned SAT?

No, the University does not prefer one version of the test over the other.

Will Notre Dame superscore the previous SAT and redesigned SAT together?

No. We will superscore, using your highest individual SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sub-scores from multiple testing dates to compute your composite score. We will not superscore sub-scores from the previous SAT with the redesigned SAT. Additional scoring information is available via the College Board. You can also download the SAT Score Converter mobile app.  

Does Notre Dame require a minimum SAT score for admission?

No, we do not require a minimum score. The middle 50 percent of admitted students for the Class of 2020 scored between 1390 and 1530 on the previous SAT (concordance to the redesigned SAT: 1440-1540). More information on SAT scoring is available via the College Board.

Does Notre Dame recommend submitting scores from both the previous SAT and the redesigned SAT?

No. The University will accept scores from either the previous or the redesigned SAT. It is not necessary to submit scores from both versions of the exam.

How can I keep current on information about the redesigned test?

For one, bookmark this page and come back. If you're a student considering application to the University of Notre Dame, join our mailing list to have information like this sent right to your inbox. Continue to check the College Board's website for their latest updates. 

Is the ACT changing too?

No. According to the ACT website, this test is not changing.

What about the PSAT?

The PSAT scoring is now aligned to the redesigned SAT scoring. The PSATNMSQT differs from the SAT in that it is designed to determine a student’s skills and knowledge at a different (earlier) grade level. In addition, section scores on the PSAT/NMSQT range from 160 to 760 while section scores on the SAT range from 200 to 800. You can find up-to-date information about the PSAT/NMSQT on the College Board website