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New SAT exam, easier or harder?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Is it going to get easier or more difficult to earn a scholarship to a US-based university? This is the question that is bound to pop up in T&T scholarship hunters’ minds as the US-based College Board prepares for another round of changes in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Every year more than two million students take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Over 100,000 foreign students take the exam. Come October, many students from T&T will be quietly lining up to take it as they seek scholarship opportunities in US.

The newly announced changes won’t take place until  2016, but students need to prepare for those changes now. Here is a list of some of the changes scheduled: 
1.  The 25-minute essay will no longer be required.
2.  Reading passages will include excerpts from American historical documents or political documents that address issues like freedom and human rights.  
3.  The vocabulary section will include more relevant words and not so many “archaic” words.  
4.  Khan Academy will provide free test preparation materials for the new SAT exam beginning in the spring of 2015. 

The redesigned exam will include:
Three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the essay. A return to the 1600 scale. The essay (which will no longer be required) will provide a separate score. An exam that is three hours in length, with an additional 50 minutes for the essay. (The essay was 25 minutes long). The ability to take the exam in print form or on the computer.