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.
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