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What the SAT revisions mean

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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