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SAT essay portion optional and other changes

Original post made by Parent on Mar 5, 2014

After 7 years, the essay portion will be optional in 2016 although many colleges may still require the score for applications.

"Those shifts, officials said, are part of a wider effort to better align the exam with what students learn in high school and will need in college -- and away from the advantages they may gain from expensive private tutoring.

For example, the revised sections in reading will drop their most obscure vocabulary words and instead "focus on words students will use over and over again," said College Board President David Coleman. The math problems will be less theoretical and more linked to real-life questions."

College Board claims the "SAT will be more focused and useful, more clear and open than ever before."

Why are they changing it? Money, of course. More people are taking the ACT. The SAT scoring will also copy the ACT model of grading, in which "only correct answers are counted and students are not dinged for wrong ones."

This reminds me of the Coke/Pepsi rivalry of the 70s.

Thanks, ACT!

Read article here: Web Link

Comments (2)

Posted by Good, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Good to hear College Board is getting a run for their money - they are complete scammers with idiots for employees.


Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

The College Board is a disgraceful set up. There is no centralization of anything, applications, deadlines, or anything else.

They should be much more like UCAS in the UK. Web Link


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