The Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT, is undergoing some major changes for the first time in nearly a decade. The updated college entrance exam aims to more accurately represent what high school students are learning in school. Among the changes, the test will return to its 1600-point scoring format, which was changed in 2004.
And, there will no longer be a penalty for wrong answers- a policy that discouraged test-takers from guessing. Certain vocabulary words will be replaced with more commonly-used words. The essay portion will be made optional.
Math questions will focus on problem-solving and algebra. And for the first time, students will have the option of taking the SAT on a computer. Some educators believe the new test will be less stressful for students. They have plenty of that to look forward to in the real world.