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Students Can Expect Changes in the SAT Test

Students Can Expect Changes in the SAT Test

Good news to students preparing to take college entrance exams.

The College Board announced that the popular SAT college entrance exam will be undergoing major changes, including new programming to help low-income students.

Changes include eliminating the essay portion of the test– which will now be optional and graded separately. The new test, available online and in print, will also cut “obscure” vocabulary words and will revert back to a 1600 scale. Test-takers can also breathe a sigh of relief as they will no longer be penalized for guessing wrong. The College Board will also offer four test fee waivers to low-income students.

“What this country needs is not more tests, but more opportunities,” said David Coleman, College Board president. “The real news today is not just the redesigned SAT, but the College Board’s renewed commitment to delivering opportunity.”

Additionally, a partnership with the Khan Academy will provide a robust array of FREE testing materials to students as they prepare for the SAT.

Read the entire story at The New York Times online.
Read more about the SAT redesign at the College Board.

Photo Courtesy: Paul Vernon / Associated Press