What the SAT revisions mean
03/06/2014 6:48 AM
03/06/2014 7:39 AM
The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing a sweeping revision.
Advantage Testing President and Founder Arun Alagappan and Reputation.com CEO Michael Fertik discuss the reformatting of the SATs on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance:
Here’s a glance at the changes coming in 2016 to the SAT, according to the Associated Press:• 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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