The College Board makes major changes to the SAT exam - WRBL

Text Description

The College Board makes major changes to the SAT exam

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Students preparing for college should pay attention. Some major changes are coming to the SAT exam. The College Board says the redesigned test will be a better indicator of college readiness and success.

When students open their SAT book to take the exam in the Spring of 2016, they'll experience a redesigned version of a classic standardized test.

"A lot of the changes will be more in line with the ACT so it'll be more curriculum based," said Jean Flowers at the College Resource Center.

There are 8 key changes to the new exam and one of the major difference comes with vocabulary.

"They are going to make the vocabulary words more in line with what a college student might hear in their college classrooms," said Flowers.

Students will also be required to interpret and explain evidence found in a number of sources. Every time a student takes the exam, they will see an excerpt from one of America's founding documents. Every year millions of students across the United States take the SAT as a qualifier for college, and many universities in our area require standardized tests for admission.

Columbus State University requires SAT or ACT scores to get into the university they evaluate reading and math on the SAT and english and math on the ACT. Auburn University also expects ACT or SAT scores. They look at the highest composite score of each exam and they also look at a writing score.

But come 2016, the writing portion of the test will be optional and the exam will once again be scored on a 1600 point scale. It will also have an effect on prep centers.

"We will be keeping up to date with any changes that are made so that we can make the  necessary adjustments," said Robyn Maggio at CSU's Continuing Education Center.

And the College Board has partnered with Kahn Academy to offer free prep for students.

"They will feel more comfortable because it's hard for a student whose family may be struggling financially to ask their parents to fork out all this money for college prep classes," said Flowers.

For more information you can visit https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign.

Naomi Keitt

Naomi Keitt focuses on education reporting for WRBL News 3. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Kellogg's plant to close by end of 2015, company responds

    Update: Kellogg's plant to close by end of 2015, company responds

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:11:13 GMT
    The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to close by the end of 2015.The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to close by the end of 2015.
    The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to be shut down by the end of 2015.
    The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to be shut down by the end of 2015.
  • 'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:37:35 GMT
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Special Report: Selling seized guns

    Special Report: Selling seized guns

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:33:31 GMT
    Instead of destroying them, The Columbus Police Department is selling hundreds of seized guns. Some of the guns were used in crimes, others were found on the road- all of them now headed back to the streets.“The policeman in me says I’d rather not see that gun back on the street, we’ve already gotten a hold of it once, but you’ve got 550 guns- will every one of them be used in a crime? No. Some of them will be sold to someone that will enjoy the use of that gun for the rest of their life and ...
    Instead of destroying them, The Columbus Police Department is selling hundreds of seized guns. Some of the guns were used in crimes, others were found on the road- all of them now headed back to the streets.“The policeman in me says I’d rather not see that gun back on the street, we’ve already gotten a hold of it once, but you’ve got 550 guns- will every one of them be used in a crime? No. Some of them will be sold to someone that will enjoy the use of that gun for the rest of their life and ...
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Special Report: Common Core

    Special Report: Common Core

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:14:38 GMT
    Common Core. Those two words are some of the most controversial in education across several states where the curriculum is being implemented. In both Georgia and Alabama, they're called College and Career Readiness Standards. News 3's Education Reporter Naomi Keitt took an in-depth look at the Common Core.
    Common Core. Those two words are some of the most controversial in education across several states where the curriculum is being implemented. In both Georgia and Alabama, they're called College and Career Readiness Standards. News 3's Education Reporter Naomi Keitt took an in-depth look at the Common Core.
  • 3 new members elected to Muscogee County BOE

    3 new members elected to Muscogee County BOE

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:47:36 GMT
    After a major upset victory on the Muscogee County school board, newly elected member John Thomas is looking forward to the future by helping students across the district. In a 80-20 landslide, a political newcomer soundly defeated John Wells, who has served on the school board for 28 years.
    After a major upset victory on the Muscogee County school board, newly elected member John Thomas is looking forward to the future by helping students across the district. In a 80-20 landslide, a political newcomer soundly defeated John Wells, who has served on the school board for 28 years.
  • Lee County schools talk school safety practices

    Lee County schools talk school safety practices

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:31:24 GMT
    Lee County schools are leading the way when it comes to school safety and they credit their collaboration with law enforcement officials. The Director of Student Services says they practice a hide, run, fight technique at the schools.
    Lee County schools are leading the way when it comes to school safety and they credit their collaboration with law enforcement officials. The Director of Student Services says they practice a hide, run, fight technique at the schools.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.