US College Board announces major SAT overhaul

March 7, 2014

The US College Board has announced major changes to the SAT exam that “draw upon evidence of the knowledge and skills that are most essential for readiness and success, and that are modeled on the work that students do in challenging high school courses.” Such changes include doing away with words that are likely not in a student’s vocabulary, drawing on fewer principles in the math section, and no longer penalizing students for wrong answers. The first administration of the redesigned exam will take place in spring 2016. The College Board will also offer waivers for free college or university application to college-ready, low-income students. Finally, the board is partnering with the Khan Academy to provide SAT preparation MOOCs, which will launch in spring 2015. College Board News Release | Globe and Mail