Changes coming to the SAT

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The SAT is changing. 22News is working to tell you if UMass students think the changes are a good idea.

The students we talked with said they are. The SAT has been the same since 2005.

Big changes include an optional essay, the vocabulary is changing to become more practical, and students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers, making guessing okay.

The SAT is also changing the way it’s administered. By 2016, it’ll be available on paper and digitally. UMass students told 22News they think these changes will help everyone.

“I definitely think it’s a good thing that the SAT is changing. There’s definitely too much stress placed on standardized testing. It doesn’t line up with the curriculum, and I don’t think it’s beneficial to be spending all the time of test prep,” said Julia Carillo.

The Vice President of Kaplan, an SAT test prep company called the changes terrific. The College Board will also partner with Khan Academy to offer free test preparation.

One other big change: a perfect score on the SAT will again be 1600.

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