Big Changes to the Big Test

Big changes will start appearing on American high school students’ SATs beginning on March 5th, 2016. The College Board announced in March of 2014 that they would be revamping the test to more accurately model what is being taught in schools.

Testers will see an all new essay with the twist being that it is optional. Guessing on a question will result in no penalty and the scoring scale will range from 400-1600. Multiple choice questions will have four answer choices.

The changes were made in hopes of reducing the trend to pay top dollar for tutoring and make a high SAT score more achievable. The College Board partnered with Khan Academy where students from low-income families can access free test prep.