Eye on Education

SAT Test Makes Essay Optional And Will Offer College App Fee Waivers

The SAT test–one of the most widely used college entrance exams in the country–is getting a major overhaul. The College Board announced today the essay portion will become optional, vocabulary words in the reading portion will become more relevant to the workplace, and the maximum score will drop down from 2400 back to 1600. College Board also plans to offer fee waivers to four colleges for low income students. As NPR reports, the changes come after growing cynicism about the ability of high stakes, standardized exams to predict how well students will perform in college.

The essay is optional. Scores will return to 1,600. And there’ll be no penalties if you answer something incorrectly: Those are the big takeaways from the changes announced today to the SAT. The College Board said Wednesday that the revisions, the first updates to the college entrance exam since 2005, will take effect in 2016.

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