College Board Announces Changes To SAT

By: NBC News
By: NBC News

After some have called the current format biased or out of touch, now the College Board has decided to rework the scholastic aptitude test known as the SAT.

NBC News reports for years, many have complained the test does not focus on what students actually study in high school or test students on information they need to master before entering the world of higher education.

For the first time in nearly a decade, the College Board announced big changes to include using both a paper and digital format by 2016.

"Exams will measure the work students are doing in class," said David Coleman, President of the College Board. "The work that prepares them for career success."

Also by testing year 2016, scoring will return to the 1600 point scale and the essay portion of the exam will be optional.

Officials also said the penalty for wrong answers will be eliminated, so the risk of guessing is also axed.

NBC News reports more obscure vocabulary words will be chopped and the use of a calculator will be more limited as testers are asked to focus more on analyzing text or referring to real word examples or documents.


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