Most students that aspire to go to college take the Scholastic Assessment Test, which is more commonly referred to as the SAT. The SAT will be getting a major makeover for the first time since 2005. Critics in the past have complained about parts of the SAT, such as a test-taker not being required to use facts in their essay section, test-takers being deducted points if they get an answer wrong, and the testing on the infamous “SAT words”, which people consider to be arcane words that are not used in conversation. The new changes will directly affect the Class of 2017 as their grade will be the first to take this test.
The Oracle lays out what will be the five biggest differences with the re-designed SAT:
1. ELIMINATION OF “SAT WORDS”
There will be the elimination of the so-called “SAT words” and they will be replaced with words that are more used in a college classroom conversation, such as words like “synthesis” and “empirical”.
2. MORE DEPTH, LESS WIDTH FOR MATH
When students take the new SAT there will be a lot fewer topics that the students will be tested on. However, the topics they will be tested on will be in more depth. The new math section on the SAT will focus on three concepts: linear functions, complex equations, and ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning
3. RETURN TO 1600 POINT SCALE
The SAT will return to the older 1600-point scale instead of the current 2400 system. It will now just be two 800-point worth math and reading sections. The last 800 points (the essay) will now be optional.
4. NO MORE POINTS OFF FOR GUESSING INCORRECTLY
When students now guess an answer incorrectly, no points will be deducted from their test. Under the current test, students get deducted ¼ of a point for each incorrect answer.
5. ABILITY TO TAKE TEST ON COMPUTER OR PAPER
When the new test is available, students will be able to take the test on either old-fashioned paper or on a computer.