Maggie: Now let’s take a look at what else is making news today. The College Board announced that the SAT exams will be getting a major upgrade. Its first since 2005.
By the year 2016, the SAT college admission exam as we know it will be completely different. The new SAT will no longer include a required essay, obscure vocab words that the SATs have become known for, and a penalty for guessing. And the new test will have a more focused math section.
The changes will address the decreasing popularity of the SAT, making it look more like the ACT, which recently became the most widely used test. Even though 1.6 million students took the SAT last year, a growing number of colleges are going test optional, allowing students to submit other items instead of SAT scores.
The College Board, the administrators of the SAT exam, announced the changes yesterday, saying that the old exams had become quote, ‘disconnected from the work of our high schools.’