Starting in the spring of 2016, students will face a much different SAT exam. Coming just months after an overhaul to the General Educational Development (GED) exam, the redesign hopes to assess candidates better than previous iterations.
While the SAT will maintain a 1,600-point scoring scale, students will no longer be deducted points for incorrect answers. The essay portion of the exam becomes optional, as well as being scored separate to the rest of the test. “Evidence-based” reading and writing and mathematics will make up the bulk of the exam.
According to College Board president David Coleman, the United States needs “not more tests, but more opportunities.” To that end, Coleman announced that “every income-eligible student who takes the SAT will directly receive four fee waivers to apply to college, removing a cost barrier faced especially by low- and middle-income students.”
To provide further resources, the College Board has teamed up with the Khan Academy, a website that provides free student resources and video tutorials for a wide array of concepts and topics. They pair will begin producing material to provide free test preparation materials specifically tailored to the SAT redesign.
To view a full list of all the changes, see the College Board press release here.