SAT exam changes set to take effect in 2016

College Board: Overhaul is attempt to align test with important aspects of college and career readiness

Published: March 13 2014 | 12:30 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:33 am in

The SAT, a popular college entrance exam, will get a facelift for spring 2016.

The new version of the test will no longer penalize students for incorrect answers and will return to the 1600-point scoring scale instead of the current 2400 point scale. The exam will include an optional 50-minute essay portion, which will be scored separately, as well as Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections. The math part of the test will include a no-calculator section.

Information from the College Board, which administers the SAT, announced the changes earlier this month. The revamped SAT is expected to take 3 hours to complete. Depending on their location, students may be able to take the exam on computers.

The College Board has broken down the alterations into eight "key changes," which include: relevant words in context, command of evidence, essay analyzing a source, math focused on three key areas (Problem-Solving and Data Analysis, the Heart of Algebra and  Passport to Advanced Math), problems grounded in real-world contexts, analysis in science and social studies, founding documents and great global conversation and the aforementioned removal of point losses for incorrect responses.

The College Board website states that the overhaul is an attempt to align the test with important aspects of college and career readiness. The current version of the SAT will not be available one the new test debuts.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which the College Board sponsors alongside the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is also set for a redesign scheduled to bow in October 2015.

Further details about the exam alterations won't be available until April 16, 2014.


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