The College Board seeks to defuse that by saying it will partner with the nonprofit Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials for the redesigned SAT.
It also says every income-eligible student who takes the SAT will receive four fee waivers to apply for college, which continues an effort the College Board has had to assist low-income students. Instead of testing a wide range of math concepts, the new exam will focus on a few areas, like algebra, deemed most needed for college and life afterward.
A calculator will be allowed only on certain math questions, instead of on the entire math portion. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis.
There have been other notable changes to the test, such as in when antonym questions were removed and calculators were allowed for the first time.
Today, many students who are terrified they will be tested on lots of SAT words have one recourse: The test was first used in Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
College Board officials said Wednesday the update -- the first since -- is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward.
These are the first SAT upgrades since when the essay portion was added and analogy questions were removed. The SAT was taken last year by 1. It has historically been more popular on the coasts, while the other popular standardized college entrance exam, the ACT, dominated the central U.
The test should offer "worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles," said College Board President David Coleman in remarks prepared for delivery at an event in Austin, Texas. One of the biggest changes is that the extra penalty for wrong answers, which discouraged guessing, will be eliminated.
And some vocabulary words will be replaced with words such as "synthesis" and "empirical" that are used more widely in classrooms and in work settings. Scoring will be on a 1,point scale, with a separate score for the optional essay.
Students will have the option of taking the test on a computer. Last year, the ACT said it would begin offering computer-based testing in No penalties for wrong answers. A longstanding criticism of the SAT is that students from wealthier households do better on the exam because they can afford expensive test preparation classes.
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