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SAT to See Big Changes

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SALISBURY, Md. - The College Board announced Wednesday a major redesign of the SATs that is aimed to give students more opportunities when applying to college. 

In a press release, the College Board said, "each change in the redesigned SAT draws upon evidence of the knowledge and skills that are most essential for readiness and success, and the exam is also modeled on the work that students do in challenging high school courses."

According to the College Board's web site, the content based changes include; evidence-based reading and writing, a wider range of academic disciplines, less obscure vocabulary, a non-calculator math section, passages from the Founding Documents such as Martin Luther King Jr's 'I Have a Dream' speech, not deducting points for incorrect answers and an optional essay section.

Some current high school students think the new SATs sound easier than what they have taken.

"I didn't know a lot of the words because they were more complicated and more complex than what we learned in high school," high school senior Shelby White said. "I don't want to take it again, but I would have liked to have taken it the way it is now."

Salisbury University's Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Aaron Basko said he hopes the changes remain predictive of a student's potential.

"You don't want to dumb a test down just because students maybe aren't doing well on it or you're not able to get the same kind of information, you want it to continue to stretch those students," he said. "But at the same time if you do good research and you can try to figure out what is it that is actually predictive and that's the basis for making changes then I think that's legitimate."

Another part of the redesign is an aim to broaden the options for low-income college hopefuls. The College Board will not only provide free test preparation, but also fee waivers for college applications to income-eligible students.

The changes will go into effect Spring 2016. For more detailed information head to the College Board's web site.

 

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