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SAT changes: What to expect

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • March 6, 2014 - 5:58 AM

Changes coming in 2016 to the SAT:

— No more extra penalties for wrong answers.

— Essay portion will be optional.

— Top score will be 1,600 with a separate score for the essay, compared with today's possible total of 2,400.

— It can be taken in either paper or digital form.

— It will include a passage drawn from "founding documents" such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they inspire.

— Calculators will be permitted only on certain portions of the math section, not on the entire section.

— Students will be asked to analyze both text and data in real world contexts instead of answering questions that don't require that.

— Vocabulary words more widely used in classroom and work settings will replace more obscure vocabulary words.

— Essays will measure students' ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument, not just students' ability to construct an argument.

— The math section will draw from fewer topics instead of a wide range.

Source: College Board.

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