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The College Board is making far-reaching changes to the SAT exam that they hope will help change up the perception that the test is unfair to the low income and minority students who take the test.

College Board President David Coleman announced Wednesday the changes to the standardized test that is used by applicants to colleges nationwide, will include free application waivers for low-income students and a series of changes to the test itself.

The College Board will work with the Khan Academy — a non-profit educational website launched in 2006 — to provide free test-prep materials as an alternative to private courses that more often than not are too pricey for the average student.
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Check out just a few of the changes to debut in 2016:

  • The exam will return to the 1600 scale. The exam has been scored on a 2400 scale since the last overhaul in 2005.
  • The essay section — added to the test in the 2005 upgrade — will now be optional and graded separately from the rest of the exam.
  • Administrators will make the test available in both print and digital forms.
  • The College Board won’t deduct points for incorrect answers, a penalty that some critics have said discourages guessing. Students will now simply earn points for the answers they answer correctly.
  • Words used in the reading and writing sections “will no longer be vocabulary students may not have heard before and are likely not to hear again,” according to a news release. Instead, the exam will “focus on words that students will use consistently in college and beyond.”

Do you think these are good changes?  Are you mad they weren’t in place when you took the SAT?

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