Just when you thought you had prepared all you could for the SAT, they had to go ahead and change it up on you.
But don’t fret. The new changes to the SAT announced by the College Board won’t be put into effect until the spring of 2016. And truth be told, many of the changes to the SAT are not too drastic. It seems that the College Board simply wants to align its assessment closer to the work done in both high schools and colleges. If you haven’t read the overview of these SAT changes as originally announced in the New York Times, visit this article. For a more condensed version of the same information, here are the major changes coming in two years:
Scoring: the penalty for wrong answers is no longer and the score will be scaled out of 1600 like it was prior to 2005
Vocabulary: more emphasis will be placed on the vocabulary used in college courses as opposed to those uncommon albeit famous SAT words like “ascetic”
Essay: what was obligatory will now be optional
Math: content is streamlined to include linear equations, complex equations, functions, ratios, percents and proportions among others and no calculators will be allowed on the test
Reading: passages will include excerpts from famous historic texts, like the Declaration of Independence
Yes, change is in the air and those in the Class of 2017 and beyond will want to take note.