- Scoring- there will be no penalty for wrong answers any more and we're going back to the top score of 1600. The essay will have a separate score.
- Essay- will be optional.
- Length- 3 hours for reading and writing sections. Add on 50 more minutes for the optional essay.
- Vocabulary words- will reflect those that students may hear in a college course.
- Math section- calculators will only be permitted on some of the sections.
- Administration- print and digital options will be available.
The SAT will morph into something that looks quite similar to the ACT. Students should remember that all four-year colleges accept scores from either test and that over 800 colleges and universities don't require test scores for admission. Perhaps the biggest irony of the SAT revision is that it is trying to more accurately reflect the grades that a student gets in school. After all, grades are the best predictor of a student's success in college.
Hmmm...too bad there isn't a simple way to look at student's grades...report cards, anyone???
One other interesting note- College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep for all. That partnership will also benefit students taking the current form of the SAT, with the release of hundreds of practice questions and over 200 videos with step-by-step solutions.
Further details about the SAT alterations won’t be available until April 16, 2014. I'll keep you posted.