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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 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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