Major Changes Coming To 2016 SAT Test

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(CNN March 5,2014) —  Standardized tests like the SAT have become “far too disconnected from the work of our high schools,” College Board President and CEO David Coleman said Wednesday — and he expects an updated SAT test to change that.

From an event in Austin, Texas, Coleman said a redesigned SAT debuting in spring 2016 would include three sections — reading and writing, math and an essay — and would shift from its current score scale of 2400 back to 1600, with a separate score for the essay.

“We hope you breathe a sigh of relief that this exam will be focused, useful, open, clear, and aligned with the work you will do throughout high school,” Coleman said.

“Admissions officers and counselors have said they find the data from admissions exams useful, but are concerned that these exams have become disconnected from the work of high school classrooms and surrounded by costly test preparation,” Coleman said.

For the first time, the College Board will partner with Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials, starting in spring 2015. Coleman also announced that all income-eligible students will receive fee waivers to apply to four colleges for free.

The redesigned test will take about three hours, with an additional 50 minutes for the essay, and will be administered by print and computer in 2016.

The updated test was expected to be released in 2015, but Coleman announced late last year it would be delayed until spring 2016. The last major changes to the SAT came in 2005, when the test added a written essay and altered some question formats.

The multiple choice SAT was first administered in 1926. In recent years, another exam, the ACT has gained popularity as several states adopted it as part of their standardized testing programs.

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