. The new test will hit schools in 2016, and here’s what’s
Last year, college entrance test distributor College Board announced it
was going to overhaul the SAT. And guess what, girlies? The new SAT is
officially here. The revised exam is meant to be more reflective of actual high
school academics, per
Prior to 2005, the exam used a 1600-point scale. Currently, with the
writing portion, the test is scored out of 2400 possible points. Come 2016, the
SAT will return to the 1600-point scale, but this time around, test takers will
not lose points for a wrong answer. Currently, students lose a quarter point
for every wrong answer, but lose nothing for leaving an answer blank. This new
scoring system is intended to encourage students to answer every question, whether
they know it or not.
Ever since it was introduced in ’05, the essay has been controversial.
No one could decide if it was useful or not, and a lot of colleges decided to
throw out that section of the test score anyway. Well, not much has changed.
The essay will now be optional and be scored separately. It will also now ask
students to analyze provided evidence, and will score the writing based on the
quality of the analysis and coherence of the writing. Previously, students
answered a prompt based on their own knowledge and experience. The essay time
limit has also doubled from 25 minutes to 50 minutes.
No more 25-cent words
Forget the SAT vocabulary flash cards. Words like “synthesis” and “empirical”
will be stricken from the test in favor of vocab words that are more widely
used during college courses and later careers. We’re a little sad about this
one—there are lots of good words on those cards!
Reading comprehension passages
get a revision
Each exam will now feature a “founding document” (the College Board
cites the Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a
Dream” speech as examples), as well as historical and scientific material.
There will be more data-based questions focused on analysis and comparison.
The SAT will also now be offered in both print and digital formats,
which means you might get a chance to toss the number-2 pencil. Calculators
will be barred from certain math sections. And one great new thing: the College
Board will be partnering with free online educator Khan Academy to provide
totally free online test prep. Woohoo!
What do you think of these new
changes, babe? Tell us in the comments!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/5/2014 3:12:00 PM
POSTED IN SATs, ACTs and APs, standardized tests 101, In the News