RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The standardized admissions test known as the SAT has some big changes in store.
Some of the changes include:
- Vocabulary items will no longer consist of obscure "SAT words"
- Math section will be narrower
- Each exam will include reading portions from the country's founding documents
- The essay will become optional
- Scoring will return to the old 1,600 scale
- Points will no longer be subtracted for wrong answers
The President of the College Board David Coleman announced the sweeping redesign in a press conference on Wednesday. "The first step we take today in redesigning the SAT is complete openness. We need to get rid of completely the sense of mystery, and dismantle the advantages that people perceived when using costly test preparation to find out the 'secrets' of the SAT."
In addition, Coleman described new plans to address income inequality by providing college admissions fee waivers to eligible students who take the SAT, in addition to the exam being more transparent.
The new SAT will debut in the spring of 2016.