So what are the major changes to the SAT?
- The scoring will revert to the previous 1600 scale (800 points for each of two sections.)
- The two sections will be: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The Essay will be optional and receive a separate score.
- The redesigned SAT will remove the guessing penalty for incorrect answers.
- The vocabulary words on the new exam will include relevant words which students will use throughout their lives, such as 'synthesis' and 'empirical', as opposed to arcane SAT words, such as 'depreciatory ' and 'membranous'.
- The math section will now include a 'No-Calculator' section, as the College Board says this will "allow for greater assessment of students' understanding, fluency, and technique."
- The redesigned reading test will include a science passage.
- Each test will include a passage from a founding document such as the Federalist Papers, Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address and the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
For more details on the redesigned SAT, please refer to the College Board website.