This is a guest post by Admitster's Director of Research, college admissions expert Katie Zandbergen, PhD. Admitster provides personalized advice, application and essay review services, and admissions information for students and parents, guiding them through the complex world of college admissions.

A great deal of the hype surrounding the NEW SAT has focused on the actual changes to the test, but how do those changes impact admissions on the college side of the equation?

Attempts have been made to glean what those sitting in admissions offices around the country are thinking about the NEW SAT (Kaplan carried out a survey of admission officers at 375 schools), but findings have been largely inconclusive.

“Schools were divided on how to evaluate the new writing section” and “No one knows exactly how the new test scores will compare to the previous test scores.”

Though we can’t know what each individual college admissions officer thinks of the revised test, or how college admissions policies will be altered (if at all) to take into account the NEW SAT, we can look to The College Board to see which types of outreach efforts have been made and how the NEW SAT is being presented to colleges and universities.

Looking at The College Board’s website, one can find a page labelled, “Resources for Higher Education.” There is a copious amount of information there, much of which makes the NEW SAT sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Some of the highlights include:

Furthermore, the College Board has its ear to the ground and knows that many colleges are looking to further diversify their student bodies (even going test-optional in an attempt to do so—not good news for standardized tests and test-prep services).

At the end of the day, the NEW SAT needs to show that it has the ability “to estimate the likelihood of success in postsecondary education—this is what makes the exam a valuable part of the admissions process in colleges and universities.”

Since the national validity study won’t be released until early 2019, students and colleges alike are taking something akin to a "leap of faith" with the NEW SAT. The College Board, biased though it may be, has a lot of really wonderful things to say about the redesigned test.

Let’s hope that the NEW SAT really is an improvement over the current one; that it will be an excellent predictor of college success; that it will promote college access and opportunity for more students; and that college admissions officials will truly find the NEW SAT test scores a welcome addition to their admissions considerations.

Only time will tell. Stay tuned!